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German Court Rules Municipality Must Rent City Hall to Neo-nazis

The Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein ruled here today that the city of Flensburg must allow the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party to use the City Hall for a mass rally scheduled to be held at that site on March 8.

Flensburg had denied the hall to the neo-Nazi party for an election rally, and the party had appealed to the state’s highest court. Schleswig-Holstein will elect representatives to its State Legislature next month, and the NPD is putting on a vigorous drive on behalf of its ticket, boasting that it expected to obtain at least 12 percent of the votes in the state. Last year, the NPD scored stunning election successes in state elections in Hesse and Bavaria.