Neo-nazi Groups Seeking Seats in the Parliament of Hesse

A number of militant neo-Nazi organizations have banded together to seek seats in the Parliament of the federal state of Hesse in elections next month that are seen as a crucial test for rightwing groups.

The neo-Nazis will run candidates under the banner of “Action for Repatriation of Foreigners” (AAR). They will be competing with other parties, including the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP) which, compared to the AAR seem “moderate.”

One AAR candidate is Arndt-Heinz Marx, of Hanau, a former member of the banned Werksports gruppe Hoffman, a violence-prone neo-Nazi group that masquaraded as a sports club. He participated in a military training program by the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and of the European Parliament has demanded that the AAR be banned. She said the Hesse constitution provides sufficient grounds for a ban.

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