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German police raid neo-Nazi homes in crackdown on far-right

More than 900 police officers raid various location knows as neo-Nazi hubs in North Rhine-Westphalia

Associated Press
Published: 08.23.12, 13:31 / Israel Jewish Scene

More than 900 police officers are searching homes and clubhouses of suspected neo-Nazis in a crackdown in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Three organizations have been banned.

 

German media reported Thursday that some 120 buildings were searched in the raids in Dortmund, Aachen, Dueren and Heinsberg.

 

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Dortmund police spokesman Wolfgang Wieland tells n-tv that authorities found far-right propaganda material; spray paint and other items in the raids, conducted to collect evidence after the state interior ministry banned the three local neo-Nazi organizations.

 

State Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger says the crackdown has "ripped a big hole in the neo-Nazi network."

The state has seen a rise in far-right crimes this year, and had already conducted widespread raids in April and May.

 

 

 

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