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Police Ban Neo-nazi Meeting

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A planned gathering of the outlawed neo-Nazi Viking Youth movement never got under way.

German police banned the meeting, which was to take place over the weekend in the ruins of an ancient citadel near the town of Nordhausen.

Police seized weapons and Nazi propaganda in addition to detaining 84 youths. However, even though it is called “a youth organization,” most of the group’s members are at least 20 years old. The Viking Youth was outlawed last November, after it was declared “anti-constitutional.” The extremist group, comprised of 400 members in Germany, believes that Jews in Germany today should wear a yellow Star of David. The group also believes that “inferior people” should be sterilized.

The Viking Youth has called for the restoration of a Nazi regime in Germany. It was founded in 1952, when Nazis came out of hiding after World War II.

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