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20 Injured in Fierce Clash Between Neo-nazis and Police

Eleven policemen and nine passersby were injured in a fierce clash between police and neo-Nazi demonstrators in Nuremberg today. The neo-Nazis are members of the Wehrsportgruppe Hoffman which was recently declared unconstitutional by Interior Minister Gerhard Bourn. Its self-styled “Fuehrer,” 42-year-old Carl-Heinz Hoffman and three other members were arrested and taken into temporary custody.

The street battle occurred when police attempted to disperse the neo-Nazis who were staging a demonstration in violation of a ban by the local authorities. The demonstrators hurled eggs and cans filled with paint at the police. The Wehrsportgruppe Hoffman, which masqueraded as a sports organization, has appealed against Baum’s decision and is seeking to re-establish its legal status.

In another development, the Dusseldorf State Prosecutor confirmed today that additional charges are being considered against Ernst Heinrichsohn, the former Mayor of Buergstadt in Bavaria, who was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by a Cologne court last month for his role in the deportation of French Jews and others when he served with the Gestapo in Paris during World War II.

Heinrichsohn, who was re-arrested last week after being released on bail raised by townspeople of Buergstadt, has appealed to the high court in Karlsruhe against his sentence. The State Prosecutor said that Heinrichsohn suspected of having murdered five French resistance fighters in 1944 but could not say whether the investigation of this matter will result in a new trial.

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