Clashes in Berlin as neo-Nazis hold parades

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21 August 2006, BERLIN - Police escorting a legal neo-Nazi parade through Berlin removed leftist demonstrators blocking a road Saturday. Police detained several leftists after stones were thrown at the 200 neo-Nazis. Elsewhere in the city, neo-Nazis gathered at two other locations for rallies with counter-demonstrators marshaled nearby. German neo-Nazis turned out in force around the country because it was the first Saturday following Thursday's 19th anniversary of the suicide of Rudolf Hess, a former depu

21 August 2006

BERLIN - Police escorting a legal neo-Nazi parade through Berlin removed leftist demonstrators blocking a road Saturday.

Police detained several leftists after stones were thrown at the 200 neo-Nazis. Elsewhere in the city, neo-Nazis gathered at two other locations for rallies with counter-demonstrators marshaled nearby.

German neo-Nazis turned out in force around the country because it was the first Saturday following Thursday's 19th anniversary of the suicide of Rudolf Hess, a former deputy to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Neo-Nazis idolize Hess, who was serving a life term in prison for war crimes at the time of his suicide, at the age of 93, in 1987.

Courts earlier confirmed a ban on a neo-Nazi march to the Hess grave in the small town of Wunsiedel, but demonstrations were permitted in main cities because of German constitutional free-speech provisions.

DPA

Subject: German news

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