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German neo-Nazis to rally around Stolberg stabbing

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German neo-Nazis to rally around Stolberg stabbing
Photo: DPA
13:17 CEST+02:00
German neo-Nazis plan to rally Saturday in the western town of Stolberg near Aachen in the wake of the stabbing death of a 19-year-old German man by an immigrant.

Last weekend police arrested an 18-year-old on suspicion of knifing the German man – a known far-right sympathizer – during a confrontation between two groups of youth on Friday. The 18-year-old remains in police custody.

Prosecutors believe the fight was personal, not political. Someone from the victim's group of friends was said to have made a pass at a girl in the suspect's group in an internet chat room.

But police and anti-fascist organizations fear Stolberg could develop into a staging area for Germany's far right, which is using the knifing as a rallying point.

Nationally known neo-Nazi Christian Worch has called about 500 protestors to Stolberg under the motto “no violence against Germans.” Two counter-demonstrations are also planned. The far-right NPD party is expected to hold another rally in two weeks.

Six policemen were hurt after a protester sprayed tear gas last Saturday in a spontaneous demonstration by 160 far-right sympathizers.

Police said the number of far-right crimes in the Aachen area, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, rose to about 300 offenses last year. Most were propaganda-related.

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