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People demonstrate against neo-Nazis throughout Germany

Germany, 7.8.2011 23:11, (ROMEA)

A protest against neo-Nazis was held yesterday in the town of Bad Nenndorf in northwestern Germany. More than 500 right-wing extremists convened there and their opponents held a counter-event alongside of their march. Also in the town of Gera, in eastern Germany, those opposed to Nazism organized a blockade of a similar march.

Hundreds of people demonstrated against the neo-Nazis at events in Bad Nenndorf, Gera, and Jamel, also in the east. Members of the extreme right also convened in Berlin, where Czech neo-Nazis helped them put up election posters.

In the Lower Saxon town of Bad Nenndorf, roughly a thousand demonstrators came out against the neo-Nazis under the slogan "Diverse, not brown". Neo-Nazis convened in the morning for a "mourning procession" toward the site of a former Allied interrogation center in the town. The neo-Nazis want to turn the small town into a regular pilgrimage site. Police counted between 500-600 right-wing extremists at the scene. Residents held their own events along the march route showing the neo-Nazis they would not let them take over the town.

In the Thuringian town of Gera in central Germany, opponents of Nazism held a blockade, sitting down and praying for peace. Their action targeted a neo-Nazi music concert, Rock für Deutschland ("Rock for Germany"), which was to have been attended by as many as 1 800 right-wing extremists and at least the same number of counter-demonstrators.

In the small village of Jamel, located near Wismar on the Baltic Sea in the region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a music festival was held against the neo-Nazis who have been trying to take over there. The population of the village is comprised almost exclusively of neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists. Signs on the main highway there are said to show the direction of Braunau am Inn, the birthplace of Adolf Hitler, in addition to Paris and Vienna.

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