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Neo-nazis march as Dresden remembers its war dead

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Neo-nazis march as Dresden remembers its war dead

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Commemoration ceremonies in Dresden to mark 60 years since the east German city was bombed by the Allies have been marred by neo-Nazi demonstrations. Dignitaries from Britain, France, the US and Russia attended the events which were marked by a wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery where some of the 35,000 victims of the bombings are buried. In another part of the city, around 3,000 far-right activists rallied for a march organised by the National Democratic Party.

The German government has tried but failed to outlaw the NPD, which gained seats in parliament in the state of Saxony last year. Its extremist rhetoric – party leaders have compared the bombing of Dresden to the Holocaust – has caused widespread outrage in Germany. Eager to avoid violence, riot police removed a few hundred anti-Nazi demonstrators who had gathered on a bridge along the route of the march. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has pledged to stop far-right groups from rewriting history and ignoring Nazi atrocities.