Protestors counter German neo-Nazi meet


BERLIN (JTA) – A protest against a neo-Nazi gathering in Germany began with a public Sabbath service.

In what is being called one of the largest gatherings of neo-Nazis in Germany’s post-war history, some 6,000 right-wing extremists assembled on Saturday for what has become an annual demonstration recalling the February 1945 air-raids on Dresden.

But the neo-Nazis were not left unanswered. According to police, some 10,000 protesters also gathered, including political and union activists. The two demonstrations were kept apart by a massive police presence.

The anti-Nazi protest reportedly began with a public Sabbath service in the Dresden synagogue, which drew some 500 participants.

Extreme right-wingers came to the former East German city from across Germany and other European countries, according to German press reports.

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