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States agree on plan to ban neo-Nazi party

The Local · 9 Dec 2011, 14:12

Published: 09 Dec 2011 14:12 GMT+01:00

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Following a ministers' conference in the western German town of Wiesbaden, Hesse Interior Minister Boris Rhein called the neo-Nazi NPD “a party whose aims and behaviour are designed to damage and remove the free and democratic order.”

Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said that a state and federal working group is currently creating a catalogue of criteria in preparation for a legal assault on the NPD.

But there was a political divide over which strategy to employ. The states led by centre-left Social Democratic Party premiers had called for a quick move, while those led by the conservative Christian Democratic Union had urged caution, saying the possibility of failure in the courts was still too great.

“If we attempt to bring in a ban, then we have to be sure that we will win,” warned Friedrich. “If we don’t win, it will be a triumph for the NPD.”

A previous government attempted to ban the NPD in 2003, but the move was overturned by Germany's Constitutional Court when it emerged that evidence against the party had partly been made by paid informants in the party.

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But the government also said Friday that its agents would not be withdrawn from the party ahead of the ban.

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17:34 December 9, 2011 by jabulani
One canno BAN IDEAS .It seems to me that there is no freedom in Germany.

The was is over long ago..it is time to go fordward. Germans before the Nazi party was humiliated and poverty was rampant due to few top "foreigners" sucking their blood. If the Nazi party was in power it might have been because there was a NEED for change. The best policy is to respect opinions , give freedom of speach and just concentrate in bringin the countries economy fordward.

There are enought problems with the Eurozone as it is to be petty and start taking freedom from the people.

I might here also add that I for one am tired and fed up of the EVERYDAY movie about the german war...nazis , jewish etc etc...WAR IS FINISHED ....IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON !! THE JEWS WERE NOT THE ONLY WAR CASUALTIES.. We today have people still sufering inmensely of the legacy of the war and they are NOT JEWS...they are the young generation of HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKY....

They are the ones that should be remembered everyday and be helped in their

17:55 December 9, 2011 by McNair Kaserne
"The neo-Nazi NPD ¦quot;a party whose aims and behaviour are designed to damage and remove the free and democratic order.¦quot;

This is a joke to everyone but Germans, who apparently miss the irony of banning political parties and freedom of expression in the name of freedom and democracy. Put another way, "We had to attack freedom in order to same it". LOL.

This is how the left/socialists maintain their hold on power, anyone who is conservative is branded a Neo-Nazi.
17:58 December 9, 2011 by gtaglia
No point of view should be banned or censored, regardless of how unpopular it may be. This is precisely the sort of thing that the Nazis, Communists and other totalitarian regimes have used, to try to control public thought. Everything needs to be available, for people to form their own opinions. Depending on who is in control in the future, your opinions may be judged unsuitable and banned.
18:56 December 9, 2011 by Englishted

Has "my struggle" gone back into print then?
20:34 December 9, 2011 by Jimbob_77
According to prophecy, the NPD will become the 4th reich.....And it will make hitler look like child's play..... What?, you don't believe me,,,,,thene type in "The Trumpet" and become amazed and shocked all at once....Cheers...(^_^).....
22:15 December 9, 2011 by Adebanjos
Honestly speaking, if the Neo Nazi Party NPD are not banned now not tomorrow; now in the nearest future they're going to be worst than ETA of Spain.

And just because they're giving a political immunity or they are some how in to politics through NPD party, that gave some members of the gangs indulgence to whatever and they will definately commit more in the nearest future.
22:32 December 9, 2011 by DULS
Again!!! damn , here we go for the second round.
02:49 December 10, 2011 by 5Words
This is futile, you can't ban an idea or philosophy it just doesn't work. The only thing this will do is drive the movement further underground where it will likely become more violent. Once the marching and talking stops the shooting might start. They are being left with one option....violence.
08:45 December 10, 2011 by trevzns
Laws cannot ban ideas and philosophy. Regardless how unpopular the NPD party maybe, their ideas and opinions represent a percentage of the German population.

There will always be a group of individuals in Germany society that have extreme Nationalistic and Racist views. Banning the NPD would be counter productive.
15:41 December 10, 2011 by Eastard
I believe the proper interpretation of this is the desire to ban the behavior the neo-nazi are known for... no where have I ever seen it was the ideas... Laws and cultural beliefs are the creation of rule for expected behavior and are required to live together. the neo-nazis want to act tough, look animal, and break anything they don't own... I agree that the country and their people have a right and obligation to ban them if they don't behave... We are not talking about one or two rouge members with an attitude... we are taking about thousands of look-alike, dress alike, talk alike, behave alike members... more like a violent gang... and proud of it...

How about having them cull their violent goals...? I guess most of the members would quit since all the fun would be gone...

Germany and the rest of the would will be better off without their form of free speech and free expression...
05:07 December 11, 2011 by PierceArrow
How appropriate that the Neo-Nazis in Germany call themselves the National DEMOCRATIC Party. The Democrats here in the USA, including Dear Leader Obama, are acting more and more like National Socialists every day!

I do agree that banning the NDP would not work, however. Instead, the German government should put the NDP on notice that they will be monitored (and do the same with the freeloading MUSLIM extremist groups!) The NDP and the Muslims should be aware that if they plot violence, the full force of German law enforcement will be on them like ugly on Barney Frank!

In addition, to counteract the efforts of the NDP and Muslims to deny or downplay the Holocaust, German schools must continue to educate students about the truth about the Nazis' war crimes against humanity. Just as, in the USA, students must continue to be educated about the truth of slavery and Jim Crow segregation (including the fact that most of the perpetrators were DEMOCRATS!) Not LOL
06:38 December 11, 2011 by heyheyhey

Please, try to keep your pathetic, uneducated views to yourself.

the world does know the truth about the USA and her political leaders. The world KNOWS!!!!!! !!!

You mislead no one with your political beliefs. Do you take us for fools??????
12:48 December 16, 2011 by ejXinMI
First, I want to complement our German friends on being so well-spoken (in English!), and so well-informed about history, even US history. I wish my fellow citizens in the good old USA would follow their lead.

I believe democratic principles and sentiments in Germany are strong and healthy. Banning the NDP is not necessary. It would undermine your principles, and some of their ideas are worthy of exploration and discussion.

That said, I think Germany, and other countries of the EU are at a crucial tipping point: The burden of taxes and regulations has become oppression for some. I know 3 EU families (1 from Germany) here in semi-rural, small-town USA who have left Europe, vowing never to return. This week I saw television program (House Hunters) that followed a Dutch family in their quest to find a new home in South Africa. South Africa! Are you kidding me? This is not a place known for its friendliness to white people today. But a phrase from the wife has really stuck with me. In The Netherlands "we have to do everything by the book." She clearly has had enough of over-bearing government.

Don't be so hard on your own people.
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