Rightwing MP's refuse to honour Nazi victims

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21 January 2005, DRESDEN - Rightwing extremist lawmakers refused on Friday to take part in ceremonies honouring the victims of Nazi horrors, demanding instead that the Allied destruction of Dresden be condemned. Members of the National Party of Germany (NPD) demonstrably remained seated as other members of the Saxony State Legislature rose and observed a minute of silence for the millions who died at the hands of the Nazis. Several NPD legislators stalked out of the chambers, slamming doors behind them. Du

21 January 2005

DRESDEN - Rightwing extremist lawmakers refused on Friday to take part in ceremonies honouring the victims of Nazi horrors, demanding instead that the Allied destruction of Dresden be condemned.

Members of the National Party of Germany (NPD) demonstrably remained seated as other members of the Saxony State Legislature rose and observed a minute of silence for the millions who died at the hands of the Nazis.

Several NPD legislators stalked out of the chambers, slamming doors behind them.

During subsequent debate, the NPD lawmakers accused other political parties of failing to "pay proper respect to the true victims" - the tens of thousands of Dresden residents who died in a British RAF carpet-bombing raid on the city on 13 February 1945.

The NPD demanded a resolution condemning "Allied atrocities" committed against the German people.

Legislature speaker Cornelius Weiss, a Social Democrat, rejected that proposal out of hand. 

"We must never forget the Dresden inferno," Weiss told the legislature. "But we must also not forget how things came to that juncture in the first place."

The rightwing party, which swept into the legislature in an election in September in economically hard-hit eastern Germany, also announced plans for an anti-Allies protest march on 13 February, the 60th anniversary of the devastating bombing raids.

Some 5,000 rightwing extremists from throughout Germany are expected to be on hand for the Dresden march.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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