‘skinheads’ Sentenced in East Berlin

An East Berlin curt sentenced eight members of a “skinheads” group to jail terms of up to more than three years Wednesday for attacking rock-music fans and yelling Nazi slogans at a church concert in October.

The official East German news agency ADN said the eight had used brutal force and injured many people “with blows and kicks” when they attacked the fans at East Berlin’s Zionskirche (Church of Zion).

During the riot inside and outside the church, the “skinheads” screamed slogans from the Nazi era and insulted people, ADN said. ADN said the court noted that the riot had been instigated and led by West Berlin “skinheads.”

The sentences ranged from three years and nine months to one year and three months.

Four other “skinheads” already have been jailed for up to four years for their part in the attack.

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