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Germany wants to keep files on neo-Nazis, including Czechs and other foreigners

Berlin/Prague, 17.5.2012 19:24, (ROMEA)

Deutsche Welle reports that yesterday the German government approved draft legislation which would enable it to keep files on neo-Nazis. The database would include not just Germans, but also foreign neo-Nazis, i.e., also Czech people who actively collaborate with their German "tribes-people". This might first and foremost include several members of the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) who are in close contact with German neo-Nazis and have violent tendencies. The bill will now be submitted to the lower chamber of the German parliament, the Bundestag.

Deutsche Welle cites Heinz Fromm, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the German counter-intelligence service, as saying there are 9 500 neo-Nazis with violent tendencies in Germany. "Those people would meet the criteria for inclusion in the database. Foreigners known in Germany for their extremist and violent tendencies could also be included," Fromm said.

The government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to create the database after it came to light that a group of nationalists living in the town of Zwickau had committed a series of murders of immigrants between 2000 and 2007. A similar register was established by the US government after the attacks of 11 September 2001. That database includes information about aggressive Islamists.

František Kostlán, Gwendolyn Albert, Mediafax, fk, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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