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Crackdown on German Neo-nazis

A few light weapons and large quantities of anti-Semitic propaganda material were seized by police Wednesday in a nationwide crackdown on a major neo-Nazi organization.

Police said they raided 40 houses and apartments belonging to members of the National Socialists/National Activists in 26 towns, mainly in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Wurtemburg.

No arrests were announced, but observers believe the group’s leaders will be brought to court for arraignment shortly.

The NSNA is headed by Michael Kuehnen, who has a long record of convictions for neo-Nazi activities.

The police are believed to have been ordered to deter Kuehnen and his lieutenants from reactivating their organization.