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5,000 People Protest Ss Reunions

May 13, 1985
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About 5,000 persons took part in an anti-fascist rally in the Bavarian town of Nesselwang yesterday to protest the reunion of several hundred former members of the Nazi SS taking place there.

Although the rally, organized by trade unions, was confined to the local ski stadium, the demonstrators spilled out into the streets to battle police outside the heavily guarded Krone Hotel where the SS veterans of the “Hitler Jugend” and “Leibestandarte Adolf Hitler” divisions were meeting. The hotel is owned by a former SS man, now a neo-Nazi activist.

Its walls were pelted with stones, eggs, tomatoes and bottles filled with paint. When some of the protestors tried to storm the building, the heavily armed police dispersed them with water cannons and tear gas. Ten youthful demonstrators were injured and 24 were taken into temporary custody.

The SS men told the few reporters admitted to their meeting in Nesselwang that they admired President Reagan and Chancellor Helmut Kohl for their visit last Sunday to the military cemetery at Bitburg.

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