West Germany: Cracking Down On Neo-Nazis

Cracking Down On Neo-Nazis

Right-wing groups in West Germany have grown increasingly visible recently, but authorities last week drew the line at just how far such movements may go. Bonn banned the 170-member neo-Nazi National Assembly political group, confiscating ammunition, knives and swastikas during nationwide raids on offices and members' apartments. "This strike against neo-Nazis should be seen as an unmistakable warning signal," said Interior Minister Friedrich Zimmermann. "West Germany will not be a playing field for right-wing extremism."

The raids came only ten days after the new-right party, the Republicans, won a startling 7.5% of the vote in West Berlin city elections. Zimmermann said...

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