German police injured in clashes with anti-Nazis

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Several German police officers were injured and 17 people arrested as demonstrators tried to break up a march by around 1,000 neo-Nazis, authorities said on Sunday.

Arrests were made on both sides at Saturday's rally in Bad Nenndorf near Hanover in northern Germany for offences including assault, resisting arrest, breaching the peace and singing banned Nazi songs, police said.

The march was delayed by several hours, including by around 900 protestors staging sit-ins, while a hard core of around 300 tried repeatedly to break through police cordons. Police did not say how many officers were injured.

Neo-Nazis first held a rally in the spa town in Bad Nenndorf in 2006 because it was home to a controversial interrogation centre run by the occupying British forces from 1945 to 1947.

In 2006, British daily the Guardian cited an investigation conducted by a British policeman obtained under the Freedom of Information Act alleging that prisoners in Bad Nenndorf were abused and tortured.

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