Munich woman dies mysteriouslyat skinheads' gathering

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12 October 2004 , BREGENZ - A young Munich woman died mysteriously after attending a gathering of 450 right-wing extremist skinheads in western Austria, police said Tuesday. The 23-year-old woman disappeared after leaving the gathering in the early hours of Sunday. Police were alerted and her body finally found Tuesday morning in a stream directly beneath the site of the gathering. The gathering of right-wing extremist and neo-Nazi skinheads was the latest in Austria's Vorarlberg province, which has been c

12 October 2004

BREGENZ - A young Munich woman died mysteriously after attending a gathering of 450 right-wing extremist skinheads in western Austria, police said Tuesday.

The 23-year-old woman disappeared after leaving the gathering in the early hours of Sunday. Police were alerted and her body finally found Tuesday morning in a stream directly beneath the site of the gathering.

The gathering of right-wing extremist and neo-Nazi skinheads was the latest in Austria's Vorarlberg province, which has been criticised for laxness while neighbouring Germany and Switzerland ban similar events.

Vorarlberg police said they had been taken unawares, as the skinheads had been expected to cross into eastern Switzerland. But instead, the 450 skinheads from all over Central Europe had headed to the Bregenz woods for a gathering near the village of Krumbach.

In December 2002, a top Vorarlberg police officer, Elmar Marent, admitted that the province was becoming the central meeting place for skinheads from all over the German-speaking region. He said there had been a number of right-wing extremist events in the previous year, and expressed "great concern".

At the time, the Documentation Centre of the Austrian Resistance, which monitors neo-Nazi activities, said that on several occasions, skinhead concerts banned in Germany had been transferred to Western Austria. The driving force was probably the Vorarlberg Branch of the neo-Nazi organization "Blood and Honour".

On Tuesday, the Socialist youth organization in the province accused the security authorities of "quietly tolerating" skinhead activities.

While the skinheads were under pressure and banned in surrounding countries, the province had developed into "the turntable of the skinhead scene".

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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