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Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) — German anti-immigrant, skinhead and neo-Nazi groups in the eastern city of Dresden staged one of their biggest demonstrations since German reunification in 1990 today, as 6,000 extremists marched through the streets, police said.

Groups tied to the National Democratic Party [NPD] used the 64th anniversary of the 1945 firebombing of Dresden to hold a “mourning march” through the capital of the state of Saxony. Two counter-demonstrations, led by unions and political activists, drew almost 10,000, police spokesman Marko Laske said.


For 10 years, anti-immigrant and skinhead groups have marked the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden in Allied air raids, which took place Feb. 13-15, 1945, at the end of World War II. Their aims have been bolstered since the NPD entered the Saxony state assembly in 2004.


Steffen Kailitz, a specialist who studies right-wing groups at the Hannah-Arendt-Institut at the Technical University of Dresden, says the electoral success of the NPD has given the radicals a boost.

“Support for the NPD has definitely been helpful for mobilization,” Kailitz said by phone from Dresden. “If you look at the numbers since 2004, they’ve been growing larger.”

(Read the whole article: Skinheads, Neo-Nazis draw fury at Dresden 1945 ‘Mourning March’)

While it is good to know that – at least according to the media reports – the amount of counter protesters was large, it is troubling to hear that the Neo-Nazi demonstrations are getting larger and that support for this radical NPD party is also growing.

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