Neo-Nazis plotting World Cup violence: report
21 March 2006, LINZ, AUSTRIA - Leading neo-Nazis from half of Europe reportedly met in northern Austria at the weekend to plot violent action aimed at disrupting this summer's World Cup in Germany.
21 March 2006
LINZ, AUSTRIA - Leading neo-Nazis from half of Europe reportedly met in northern Austria at the weekend to plot violent action aimed at disrupting this summer's World Cup in Germany.
The report said the meeting had possibly been in the town of Braunau, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's birthplace close to the German border.
The report was originally carried in the Italian daily La Repubblica. It was implicitly confirmed by local leftist activists.
They said that after a right-wing radical anti-foreigner rally at nearby Ried on Saturday, many of the participants had got into their cars to attend a clandestine meeting.
A leftist spokesman said the meeting could have also been in Passau, just across the border in Germany. Attempts by anti-fascists to follow the cars had been stopped by a risky blockade on the part of the rightists.
La Repubblica said that the meeting had been attended by about 70 radical representatives from German football fan clubs, as well as rightists from Austria, Italy, Spain, England and the Netherlands.
Local police said on Tuesday they knew nothing. Austrian spokesmen said a restaurant most likely to have been the site had been investigated, and the owner questioned, but no evidence found.
Passau anti-crime investigators said they knew nothing of any neo-Nazi meeting. But they conceded that there were "traditionally" regular gatherings of such groups in the German-Austrian border area.
Subject: German news