German neo-Nazi youth group raided: police

21st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police in Germany staged nationwide raids Tuesday on members of a far-right group suspected of trying to organise a camp to train young extremists, seizing neo-Nazi material.

Authorities carried out dawn raids in five cities on members of the "Young National Democrats" (JN), whose activities and slogans bear "clear parallels" to the banned neo-Nazi organisation HDJ, police said in a statement.

The HDJ, whose names translates as "German youth true to the homeland" ran Hitler Youth-style camps teaching children as young as six that foreigners and Jews were a threat to the nation.

Authorities banned the group in March 2009.

The state crime office in Hanover, northern Germany, warned there was a danger that the JN would break laws at their planned get-together, including incitement to racial hatred and wearing banned uniforms.

© 2010 AFP

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