Anti-Nazi Germans outnumber rightists at rallies

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16 October 2006, Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) - Thousands of Germans attended protest rallies in three cities on Saturday to condemn neo-Nazis. The rightists, who reject the Nuremberg war crimes trials that ended 60 years ago, were heavily outnumbered in Nuremberg, Hamburg and Chemnitz. Riot police kept the rival groups apart to prevent brawls. In Nuremberg, where the main courthouse has turned into a monument to the triumph of justice over the Nazis, police counted 2,000 people at an anti-Nazi rally addressed

16 October 2006

Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) - Thousands of Germans attended protest rallies in three cities on Saturday to condemn neo-Nazis.

The rightists, who reject the Nuremberg war crimes trials that ended 60 years ago, were heavily outnumbered in Nuremberg, Hamburg and Chemnitz. Riot police kept the rival groups apart to prevent brawls.

In Nuremberg, where the main courthouse has turned into a monument to the triumph of justice over the Nazis, police counted 2,000 people at an anti-Nazi rally addressed by the mayor, Ulrich Maly, with only a handful of neo-Nazis against them.

In the port city of Hamburg, several leftists from a crowd of 1,500 clashed with the police and were hosed with water cannon.

Giving the figures, a police spokeswoman said about 180 supporters of the far-right Nationalist Democratic Party took part in a parade.

In a third city, Chemnitz, police said about 1,000 people took part in a rally against the right with a few rightists trying to interrupt them. The right-wing turnout in Chemnitz was estimated at 200 to 300.

On October 1, 1946, the war crimes tribunal ordered 12 top Nazis to be hanged.

DPA

Subject: German news

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