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Demonstrators allowed to protest neo-Nazi march

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Demonstrators allowed to protest neo-Nazi march
Photo: DPA
15:12 CEST+02:00
A last-minute court ruling enabled around 1,000 people to take part in a demonstration in Lower Saxony on Saturday to protest an annual march by neo-Nazis.

The site of British army interrogation of Nazis between 1945 and 1947, the town of Bad Nenndorf has attracted neo-Nazis staging a "remembrance" march for the last five years.

The Hannover administrative court gave permission for the neo-Nazi march on Friday, but banned a counter demonstration, only for the upper administrative court in Lüneburg to countermand that ban in the evening.

The demonstration organised by the German trades union association was thus allowed – and around 1,000 people showed up with banners reading "Bad Nenndorf defends itself" and "German perpetrators are not victims."

They were limited by the court to holding a rally rather than marching through the town or going near the neo-Nazi rally, where about 850 people gathered.

A small group disrupted the neo-Nazi march, managing to drive a small bus and trailer behind the police barriers and unload a concrete pyramid.

Four people chained themselves to it - around 100 metres from the planned neo-Nazi rally point.

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