Germany cracks down on neo-Nazis

26th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 April 2007, Dresden, Germany (dpa) - German authorities cracked down Thursday on neo-Nazis, outlawing a far-right group named Sturm 34 and searching homes for guns and Nazi documents. Sturm 34 had tried to establish a "liberated nationalist zone" in the Mittweida area of Saxony state by assaulting foreigners there and anyone who disagreed with it, the state Interior Ministry said in Dresden. Police said the group numbered 40 to 50 with a further 100 sympathizers. Some 200 police raided homes at dawn, co

26 April 2007

Dresden, Germany (dpa) - German authorities cracked down Thursday on neo-Nazis, outlawing a far-right group named Sturm 34 and searching homes for guns and Nazi documents.

Sturm 34 had tried to establish a "liberated nationalist zone" in the Mittweida area of Saxony state by assaulting foreigners there and anyone who disagreed with it, the state Interior Ministry said in Dresden.

Police said the group numbered 40 to 50 with a further 100 sympathizers. Some 200 police raided homes at dawn, confiscating guns which fire blanks and do not require licences, along with Second- World-War German helmets.

The ban, signed by Interior Minister Albrecht Buttolo, applies immediately.

Elsewhere, police from two states raided homes of neo-Nazis who had apparently conducted a paramilitary summer camp training in use of guns. Police acted after receiving photos of mock executions taking place at the event.

The searches for guns and propaganda in the Osnabrueck area covered parts of both Lower Saxony and North-Rhine Westphalia states. Prosecutors said some of the group were members of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

German police have cracked down several times over the years to stop racists proclaiming "liberated nationalist zones" where blacks and Asians are too scared to use the streets.

At the last Saxony state election, 9 per cent of voters supported the NPD. The far-right party has focussed its campaign efforts on backward, poor sections of the former communist region.

Sturm, German for storm, is Nazi jargon for rapid attack.

DPA

Subject: German news

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