Anti-extremism protestors outnumber right-wing rally in eastern German city

10th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 September 2007, Jena, Germany (dpa) - A protest by some 2,500 anti-extremist activists outnumbered a rally by the right-wing NPD party in the eastern German city of Jena Saturday.

10 September 2007

Jena, Germany (dpa) - A protest by some 2,500 anti-extremist activists outnumbered a rally by the right-wing NPD party in the eastern German city of Jena Saturday.

Police said some 1,400 NPD supporters had turned up for the rally in the city centre. Some had come from the Czech Republic and other countries.

The counter-demonstration, which passed off largely peacefully, attempted to block routes to the square where the NPD rally was to be held.

Police were out in force to prevent violence.

Following a highly publicized attack on a group of Indian men by a right-wing mob in the eastern German town of Muegeln on August 18, there have been calls for the NPD to be banned.

The right-wing party has secured support at local level, particularly in the economically depressed parts of the formerly communist east, but is not represented in the national parliament.

dpa

Subject: German news

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