Four right-wingers arrested for violence

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03 September 2007, Halberstadt, Germany (dpa) - Four right-wing youths were arrested overnight in small German towns south-west of Berlin for acts of violence, police said Saturday.

03 September 2007

Halberstadt, Germany (dpa) - Four right-wing youths were arrested overnight in small German towns south-west of Berlin for acts of violence, police said Saturday.

In Halberstadt, two men aged 21 and 22 were detained for attacking a group of leftist youths late Friday and injuring two. They were later granted bail by a judge.

In Aschersleben, police arrested two men for repeatedly giving Heil Hitler salutes while attending a music festival in the night. They were also expected to face charges of resisting arrest and insulting police.

Both towns are in the former communist part of Germany where neo-Nazi groups have been gaining in strength.

North of Berlin, a crowd of 1,000 leftist protesters who sat down on a street to block a neo-Nazi demonstration in the town of Neuruppin were scattered by 200 police using anti-riot weapons on Saturday.

Police said 61 supporters of the Combat Club of German Socialists, a militant far-right group, had demonstrated.

A leftist deputy in Germany's federal parliament and two children were among those hurt by pepper spray in the melee with police. The injured said they would lay a complaint of excessive force against the police.
 
dpa

Subject: German news

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