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Neo-Nazis plan 'to storm Reichstag' 70 years on

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Neo-Nazis plan 'to storm Reichstag' 70 years on
A National-Democratic Party demonstrator in Berlin, August 2014. Photo: DPA
16:34 CEST+02:00
Authorities said on Thursday that far-right activists have organized a demonstration outside Berlin's Reichstag (parliament) building on May 9th, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Around 1,000 NPD members and sympathisers are expected to attend the rally, the Interior Ministry said in response to a parliamentary question from the opposition Linke (Left) party.

One of the two organizers of the demonstration is a member of the far-right National Democratic Party, generally seen as a neo-Nazi organization.

Online responses to the event organizers included people from across the far-right spectrum, as well as football hooligans, the ministry added.

Calls to join the march against “Islamization” and “Americanization” of Germany have been circulating online for weeks, with some even calling for parliament to be “stormed”.

The demonstration would be “a crude mixture of different shades of the far-right”, Berlin Counselling Against Far-Right Extremism (MBR) spokesman Sebastian Wehrhahn told The Local.

He expects that so-called 'Reich citizens' – who claim that the German Empire still exists and has remained under Allied occupation since 1945 – and neo-Nazis will form the bulk of the demonstrators.

“This is an attempt to lay claim to the interpretation of this historic date.

“Hopefully many people will demonstrate in memory of liberation day and of the victims of National Socialism.”

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