Court allows neo-Nazis todemonstrate near Hess tomb

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18 August 2004, WUNSIEDEL - A German appeals court has given teh go ahead for neo-Nazis to demonstrate near the tomb of Rudolf Hess - Adolf Hitler's one-time deputy - ruling that freedom of assembly prevails over local officials' revulsion at fascism. Outraged local officials immediately announced plans for a counterdemonstration during the neo-Nazi rally. Hess, who committed suicide at the age of 93 in the Allies' Spandau jail in Berlin, is revered as a martyr by neo-Nazis. Last year, nearly 2,500 showed

 18 August 2004

WUNSIEDEL - A German appeals court has given teh go ahead for neo-Nazis to demonstrate near the tomb of Rudolf Hess - Adolf Hitler's one-time deputy - ruling that freedom of assembly prevails over local officials' revulsion at fascism.

Outraged local officials immediately announced plans for a counterdemonstration during the neo-Nazi rally.

Hess, who committed suicide at the age of 93 in the Allies' Spandau jail in Berlin, is revered as a martyr by neo-Nazis. Last year, nearly 2,500 showed up in the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel to mark the anniversary of his death on 17 August 1987.

Civic officials in Wunsiedel were upset that the Hess grave in the town had become a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis. They banned this year's demonstration, set for 21 August, on the grounds that the parade could turn into a riot.

The parade organizers sought an urgent injunction from the district court in Bayreuth, which sided with the marchers last week. Local officials appealed that injunction to a Bavarian administrative court, which upheld the injunction on Tuesday.

Judges said local officials could not limit the right of free assembly without just cause. They said the risk of unrest could be dealt with by regulating the march and putting extra police on the streets. The court said police preparations had succeeded in the past in preventing riots.

Hess infamously flew on his own initiative from Germany to Britain in 1941 and announced that he wished to negotiate a separate peace. He was jailed and sentenced in 1946 to life imprisonment for war crimes.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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