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Germans want neo-Nazi NPD party banned

The Local · 25 Nov 2011, 16:08

Published: 25 Nov 2011 16:08 GMT+01:00

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The survey, by polling agency Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, revealed that 77

percent of Germans want the National Democratic Party outlawed, with 19 percent saying it should remain legal. Four percent said they did not know.

Germany has been stunned by the discovery of a small neo-Nazi group believed to be responsible for the unsolved murders of eight men of Turkish origin and a Greek between 2000 and 2006 as well as a policewoman in 2007.

The case has sparked allegations that the country may have turned a blind eye to the threat posed by right-wing extremism, despite Germany's deep-seated shame over its Nazi past. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the murders were a "disgrace for Germany."

Meanwhile a working group has been set up to examine whether to pursue a ban of the NPD.

Police have in custody three suspected accomplices of the suspected killing cell - the National Social Underground (NSU) - two members of which were found dead this month in an apparent suicide.

The country's president, Christian Wulff, announced on Thursday there would be a remembrance service for the victims in February. Berlin has already pledged to compensate their families.

The NPD, which recently merged with the small far-right German People's Union (DVU), was set up in 1964 by former Nazis. In 2009 it had between 6,000 and 7,000 members.

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It has never won seats in the country's federal parliament but has gained representation in several regional parliaments.

The survey of 1,276 people was conducted between November 22 and 24, the polling agency said.


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17:32 November 25, 2011 by Vadis
I "they" were really serious about doing something about this problem they would have in the 90's. Anyone with a half a brain can see that this thing goes higher than we would like to admit. If the powers to be wanted to put a stop to this evil, or seriously put the breaks on these criminals they would!
22:13 November 25, 2011 by Gretl
Yeah, the NPD flyer in my mailbox was titled "Brandstriftung gegen Menschenleben mitten in Herschberg." I knew we had Nazis in the neighborhood, but this got my attention.
08:54 November 26, 2011 by catjones
That pesky freedom of speech thingy. If people are breaking the Law then arrest them; if you don't like what people are saying, don't listen.
10:43 November 26, 2011 by DocEllis
If they ban them then they will go further underground.
12:44 November 26, 2011 by JohnnesKönig
Last I heard the nation was divided in opinion about this. And here we have a typical case of media framing opinion. 1,276 polled hardly represents what the people really think.

If the people of Germany really think the NPD is so insignificant, then it will fade away... Otherwise, it will grow on it's merits. If there is a criminal element, then prove it and act accordingly.

My comment is directed towards the misuse of media that isn't objective but has too often proven to be politically motivated! Just give me the facts and let me form my own opinion!
12:46 November 26, 2011 by Sastry.M
Imposing ban is a pre-determined and unilateral expression which is similar to dictatorial decision making. If democracy should signify fairness and freedom of expression, the present day movements against dictatorships for establishing democratic institutions lose credibility if Germany a hard won nation as such imposes ban on her own minor parties.

Already many EU nations are feeling the pinch of economic disparities with a common Euro, considering it as a diktat of major powers. The present day economic scenario demands that even if individual European nations maintain their national identities, an unified approach is essential to meet the high strung complexities.Hence the highly developed Europeans should be allowed to educate themselves to exercise circumspection and discretion in a democratic manner by allowing, in stead of banning and thereby whipping up biased sentiments, to consider the merits and demerits of minor party manifestos.
13:49 November 27, 2011 by nightynight
It is normal for a small number of people in any society to have far right wing views actually. Banning them will probably do more harm than good. You want to worry if they start getting 5%+ of the vote.
17:11 November 27, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I'm not really sure that's a good idea to criminalize people for their convictions - no matter how idiotic they are.

I think that the only likely result of that is that they will become more criminal, since they are already "damned".
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