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German police arrest 71 neo-Nazis at march

Associated Press, USA
Aug. 16, 2003
newsobserver.com

ReligionNewsBlog.com • Monday August 18, 2003

BERLIN (AP) – German police detained 71 neo-Nazis marching Saturday in the Bavarian town where Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess was buried after his 1987 suicide.

Police said they deployed some 1,000 officers to prevent trouble at the march, which drew 2,600 neo-Nazis to Wunsiedel. Demonstrators were detained for displaying outlawed Nazi symbols like the swastika or for carrying weapons such as knives, tear gas spray and a baseball bat, police spokesman Klaus Bernhardt said.

All 71 were released without charges by Saturday evening, by which time marchers dispersed without incident, he said. Police said they also confiscated neo-Nazi music CDs from some marchers.

The Wunsiedel cemetery where Hess was buried in the family plot was sealed off by police Saturday.

Hess hanged himself at age 93 in Spandau Prison in the former West Berlin on Aug. 17, 1987, after nearly 41 years as a prisoner. Neo-Nazis regularly troop to Wunsiedel to mark the day he died.

Meanwhile, some 400 people rallied against the marchers in the northeastern Bavarian town Saturday.

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