Germans fined for ripping up far-right leaflets
27 September 2007, Waren, Germany (dpa) - Three German men were fined by a court Thursday for snatching leaflets from a far-right election worker and throwing them in a rubbish bin.
27 September 2007
Waren, Germany (dpa) - Three German men were fined by a court Thursday for snatching leaflets from a far-right election worker and throwing them in a rubbish bin.
The three landscape gardeners accosted the rightist last year as he was handing out leaflets and compact discs.
Music by neo-Nazi bands has been used to expand the appeal of the National Democratic Party (NPD) among German young people.
The rightist, who was campaigning at a school in the town of Waren, 100 kilometres north-west of Berlin, later won in the election an NPD seat in the assembly of Mecklenburg West Pomerania state.
The trio, who threatened the man, seized his leaflets, tore and crumpled them and threw them in the bin, were fined a total of 2,600 euros (3,700 dollars) by the Waren court.
Judge Michael Klasberg said, "It's not an issue of political sympathies here, but of who has authority to utilize such force."
The NPD politician laid a police complaint against the trio and prosecutors initially posted the three an instant fine totalling 6,000 euros, but this was reduced at the court hearing.
The NPD, which campaigns against foreigners, has scored its biggest electoral successes in formerly communist eastern Germany, but has never won seats in Germany's federal parliament.
Subject: German news