German neo-Nazis meet again in Czech Republic

11th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2005, PRAGUE - Around 150 rightwing extremists including those from Germany and Slovakia gathered for a meeting in a restaurant in the Czech city of Brno, it was reported on Sunday.

11 April 2005

PRAGUE - Around 150 rightwing extremists including those from Germany and Slovakia gathered for a meeting in a restaurant in the Czech city of Brno, it was reported on Sunday.

According to an independent monitoring organisation, police did not intervene owing to the 'private character' of the meeting which occurred on Saturday night in a restaurant.

During the gathering, which included a concert, anti-Semitic propaganda was reportedly read aloud. Police however said there was no evidence that laws were broken.

Czech Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda expressed concern about the increasing number of international meetings of rightwing extremists especially in regions of the country bordering Germany.

"I hope and wish that that the Czech Republic does not become a melting-pot for neo-Nazis," Svoboda said in Prague. 

In late March, around 400 mostly German skinheads met in Jablonne v Podjestedi at an event just across the border from the German state of Thuringia.

A police spokesman at the time said there was no provocation given for the about 100 police on hand to raid that gathering.

Svoboda ruled out the possibility of solving the problem with the gatherings through discussions with the extremists, saying: "With such people, dialogue is not possible."

In connection with the neo-Nazi gatherings, the Czech minister termed as "dangerous" the success of the far-right German National Party (NPD) in the German state of Saxony.

"All democrats should consider this and not only blame political parties," he said. "It is up to the citizens whether they wanted to vote for such parties as the NPD."

In regard to the recent acquittal by a Prague court of a publisher of a Czech edition of 'Mein Kampf', Svoboda said he was not fundamentally against the publication of the Hitler manifesto.

"It can be a warning when similar opinions for example appear today on the internet," he said. "There must be as a condition an accompanying scientific text in which a historian describes the atrocities that followed this book."

DPA

Subject: German news

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