Neo-Nazis and counter-protesters rally in Dresden

14th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Neo-Nazis gathered to mark the deaths of civilians who died during a 1945 Allied bombing while counter-demonstrators argue the marches sully the memory of the victims.

Dresden -- Some 6,000 neo-Nazi demonstrators marched in Dresden Saturday to mark the 1945 Allied bombing of this eastern German city, police said, estimating an equal number of counter-demonstrators.

Police said they questioned several dozen people and several officers were injured by hurled rocks and bottles.

But the rallies by the neo-Nazis and counter-protesters -- the latter estimating their numbers at 12,500 -- remained largely peaceful, police said.

The march is popular among German neo-Nazis, who pay tribute to the 25,000 civilian victims of the February 13 to 14 allied bombings more than 60 years ago.

Counter-demonstrators, who include politicians, clerics and local citizens, argue the far-right marches sully the memory of the victims.


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