AP, Aug. 17, 2002

BERLIN (AP)–About 2,500 neo-Nazis attended a rally Saturday in memory of Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess in the southern German town where he is buried, police said.

The rally in the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel passed without violence, police said, despite the presence of about 500 counter-demonstrators. A total of 34 people were detained for weapons offenses and displaying symbols banned in Germany, such as the Nazi swastika.

The far-right gathering took place after a state court overturned a ban by local authorities–the second year in a row that judges have ruled that the march could go ahead.

Hess, who committed suicide in Berlin’s Spandau prison 15 years ago, is a martyr to the extreme-right.


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