6,500 take part in German rally against neo-Nazis

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20 November 2006, Halbe, Germany (dpa) - Some 6,500 people took part in a demonstration against right-wing extremism on Saturday near a cemetery where neo-Nazis had planned to rally. A court on Friday banned the neo-Nazi rally in the eastern German town of Halbe, scene of the last major battle on German soil during World War II. Some 24,000 people are buried in the cemetery on the outskirts of the town, many of them war victims. Following the court order a group of several hundred neo-Nazis gathered at a c

20 November 2006

Halbe, Germany (dpa) - Some 6,500 people took part in a demonstration against right-wing extremism on Saturday near a cemetery where neo-Nazis had planned to rally.

A court on Friday banned the neo-Nazi rally in the eastern German town of Halbe, scene of the last major battle on German soil during World War II.

Some 24,000 people are buried in the cemetery on the outskirts of the town, many of them war victims.

Following the court order a group of several hundred neo-Nazis gathered at a cemetery in Seelow, 100 kilometres away, where 649 German soldiers who died in another battle at the end of the war are buried.

A similar number of left-wing protesters staged a counter- demonstration, but there were no immediate reports of violence. Some 1,700 police were on duty at both locations.

Opposition Greens deputy Claudia Roth, who took part in the Halbe rally, accused the neo-Nazis of seeking to "denigrate the memory of the dead."

The rallies took place a day before Remembrance Sunday when Germans traditionally honour their dead.

DPA

Subject: German news

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