Germany: Demonstrations against neo-Nazism
Last Friday about 1 500 people gathered in the town of Zwickau in eastern Germany to protest against the proliferation of neo-Nazism and in support of democracy and tolerance. The demonstrators were responding to the fact that a small neo-Nazi group had been active but went undetected in Zwickau between 2000 and 2007. Wire services report that members of the group allegedly murdered at least 10 people throughout Germany.
At sunset, those participating in the silent demonstration in the town center lit candles in memory of the group's victims, a German policewoman and nine immigrants, eight of them Turks. The Czech Press Agency reports that the three-member core of the group, two of whom are now dead, committed the murders with a Czech-made ČZ 83 pistol.
It has gradually been discovered that the group had many more assistants than originally believed. The alleged perpetrators were linked to a neo-Nazi terrorist group calling itself the National Socialist Underground (NSU).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German President Christian Wulff and the German Parliament have all condemned the actions of the group from Zwickau. Revelations about the group have once again stirred up debate over a possible ban on the NPD party as well as other possible measures to take against neo-Nazism.
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