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Germany's NPD condemned for snubbing silence

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There have been renewed calls for Germany’s far-right NPD party to be banned after 12 of its members left the Saxony regional parliament chamber during a minute’s silence to commemorate victims of Nazi Germany. In speeches to the house the NPD members called the razing of Dresden a “bombing holocaust”. Germany’s Interior Minister, Otto Schilly, condemned their action and called on democratic parties to meet again to discuss how to deal with the NPD.

In a speech to parliament, NPD leader, Volker Apfel, described British and American soldiers who took part in the Dresden bombing as mass murderers. Prosecutors are now said to be considering whether he broke incitement laws. The government failed in an attempt to outlaw the far-right party two years ago and could face a tougher task this time round. The NPD has a significant presence in Saxony, winning nine percent of the vote regional elections last September.