BONN (May. 30)
Munich police arrested a young neo-Nazi activist Monday for circulating anti-Semitic and Nazi propaganda and trying to mobilize supporters for an illegal demonstration.
Michael Kuehnen has a long record of neo-Nazi activities. He is believed to lead an extremist group that was outlawed four years ago, but is apparently still active, police said.
Kuehnen was released from a Frankfurt jail in March after serving a three-year prison term.
His latest arrest comes at a time when the neo-Nazi movement in West Germany is growing rapidly. Last week, the Interior Ministry released its annual report on political extremism, which said that the number of hard-core neo-Nazis in West Germany rose last year to 25,300 persons, up 3,000 or 14 percent from the previous year’s figure.