German Police Prevent Neo-nazis from Demonstrating at Ss Graves
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German Police Prevent Neo-nazis from Demonstrating at Ss Graves

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A heavy police presence managed Sunday to prevent some 2,000 neo-Nazis from demonstrating at the military cemetery of Halbe, south of Berlin, where 40,000 soldiers, many of them from SS units, are buried.

Twelve neo-Nazis were arrested and dozens of weapons confiscated.

This followed a demonstration Saturday in Bonn, where 100,000 people marched to protest right-wing attacks on foreigners.

Local police in the state of Brandenburg were backed up by federal riot police units and a border guard unit to counter the neo-Nazis.

Much of the town of Halbe was blocked to regular traffic as police checked identification documents, looking for neo-Nazi activists from various countries.

Some 500 neo-Nazis attempted to demonstrate in the nearby town of Koenigs. But there again they were stopped by large numbers of police, who warned them to disperse before breaking into their ranks.

In the northern city of Hamburg, 19 neo-Nazis were arrested Sunday near a war memorial. They carried Nazi banners, a violation of German law, to mark a national day of mourning for the victims of wars and violence.

That occasion was otherwise observed peacefully in several state ceremonies, at which high-ranking officials issued sharp warnings against the continued neo- Nazi attacks on foreigners.

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