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Police launch strike on western neo-Nazis
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Police launch strike on western neo-Nazis

Published: 23 Aug 2012 10:40 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Aug 2012 10:40 GMT+02:00

Authorities in western Germany banned three far-right groups on Thursday and raided around 150 properties in the biggest strike against neo-Nazis ever seen in the region.

More than 900 police officers entered the buildings as North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Ralf Jäger banned the groups Nationaler Widerstand Dortmund, Kameradschaft Hamm and Kameradschaft Aachener Land.

The three groups were considered the most dangerous in the state, the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Thursday. They were all regarded as violent, with the Aachen group considered nasty enough to border on terrorism.

Two members of this last group were stopped on their way to Berlin two years ago - and found with home-made bombs containing pieces of glass which they allegedly planned to throw at left-wingers and police.

They also strongly identified with the neo-Nazi terrorist group that called itself the National Socialist Underground, which is thought to have been responsible for nine racially motivated murders as well as the killing of a policewoman.

“With this we are tearing a big hole in the network of neo-Nazis,” said Jäger.

Around 100 addresses were searched in Dortmund, Hamm and in the Unna area, as well as nearly 50 flats in Aachen, Düren and Heinsberg.

The groups’ funds were confiscated and wearing the badges or symbols of the groups is illegal from now on.

Far-right violence has long been pigeon-holed as an eastern German problem, but this move in the heart of western Germany will reopen questions about how widespread Nazism is across the country.

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14:24 August 23, 2012 by Kennneth Ingle
It is a damned shame that so many young people ­ both on the extreme right- and left-wing perimeters of political activities ­ look to violence as chance for the future.

There can however be little doubt, that the egoism, mendacity and financial self service amongst the so-called democratic political parties and their leaders, do a lot to encourage the lack of trust in German and European policies.
15:40 August 23, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
70 years too late ... Oh well ...
23:07 August 23, 2012 by Purple_Heart2004
The problem is the German vassal State's policy of thought policing and forbiding people from speaking freely, reading freely, writing freely and thus refusing to engage in intellectual debate.

When a State uses force to supress ideas, people naturally no other alternative but to engage in underground activities.

The current German Government, as well as other European Nation's thought police laws are so intelectually and morally bankrupt it is laughable as we see their press conferences where they decry the evil of thoughts, songs, ideas, and intellectual freedom.

The fact is, when they refuse to debate, they have lost. Don't be fooled, there are far more NPD types that are NOT hooligans. The time will come.
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