German university bans 'neo-Nazi' clothing
A university in northeast Germany on Friday banned students and professors from wearing clothing associated with neo-Nazis.
The university of Greifswald, on the Baltic sea, published the new rule as the new academic year began.
The rule bans "the wearing of anything conveying distinct connotations of racism, anti-foreigner sentiments, glorification of violence, or contrary to the constitution or despising others," a university spokesman said.
The ban came after a right-wing professor last term wore clothing of the Thor Steinar brand, a favourite of far-right extremists due to its logos resembling Nazi emblems.
Nazi emblems, as well as the Hitler salute, are banned in public in Germany.
Wearing Thor Steinar clothes is already banned in Germany's federal parliament, in several regional legislatures, as well as the football stadium of the Hansa Rostock team, also located in the country's northeast.
© 2010 AFP