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Stuttgart Mayor Praises Youths Who Broke Up Neo-nazi Rally

January 18, 1967
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Lord Mayor Arnold Kleft of Stuttgart said today that the hundreds of German youth who broke up a National Democratic Party rally in Stuttgart Saturday night had “acted in the right manner and in a politically conscious way.”

The Mayor has led a fight of Stuttgart city officials to bar use of the city’s public facilities to the extremist NDP. The city originally refused to rent its hall to the NEP but was forced to do so by an administrative court order obtained by the party.

The Mayor, in praising the action of the youthful foes of the party, said “it is impossible to talk with these people, the members of the NDP, and it is useless to talk to them.” He added that Stuttgart would not change its stand of opposition to the party, despite the court decision which forced the city to rent its hall, and would continue to seek to prevent NDP meetings in Stuttgart. The Mayor warned that the city could no longer guarantee the safety of property involved in NDP public activities.

West German Refugee Minister, Kai Uwe Von Hassel, the former Defense Minister, warned in a speech today against over-estimating the NDP, He said that the expressed views of the party were “confusing,” showing no clear aims. He described NDP supporters as young people, older ones, craftsmen, peasants and “brave soldiers.”

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