Neo-Nazis held in connection with racist attack

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21 June 2006, SCHOENEFELD, GERMANY - Two men who are alleged to have led a racist attack on six young black people enjoying a Saturday night out in Germany have been remanded in custody on charges of serious assault.

21 June 2006

SCHOENEFELD, GERMANY - Two men who are alleged to have led a racist attack on six young black people enjoying a Saturday night out in Germany have been remanded in custody on charges of serious assault.

Prosecutor Benedikt Welfens said Tuesday they might also be charged with sedition, the crime of causing hatred between social groups.

An Ethiopian-born youth, 15, was in satisfactory condition with head injuries, possibly caused by a stone thrown by the racists.

The four attackers, described by police as far rightists aged 23, 21, 16 and 15, got more than they bargained for, with a thrashing by the other black males in the group.

Two of the alleged attackers needed hospital treatment.

No charges have been laid against the blacks, apparently because they were acting in self-defence.

The 16-year-old admitted throwing the stone and shouting "nigger." The two older white men involved, who are in pretrial detention, deny involvement but admit they were at the scene, prosecutors said.

Witnesses said the men attacked the black group of four teenage boys and two girls as they were leaving a cocktail bar late Saturday night in Schoenefeld, on the outskirts of Berlin.

Police said all four suspects were associates of neo-Nazi gangs in the area.

DPA

Subject: German news

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