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German neo-Nazis rally to mark death of Rudolf Hess

Activists gather for and against march to mark death of Hitler's key aide

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German neo-Nazis rally to mark death of Rudolf Hess

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Hundreds of neo-Nazis have rallied in Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess.

Far-right activists gather every year to commemorate the suicide of Hitler’s one-time deputy, but the gathering has drawn more attention after last weekend’s far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to the death of a young woman.

The neo-Nazis planned a march to the former Spandau Prison where Hess, an early ally of Germany’s wartime dictator Adolf Hitler, served out the life sentence he was handed down at the post-war Nuremberg war crimes trials. Far-right activists held up banners reading “I regret nothing” and hoisted the red, white and black flag of Hitler’s Third Reich as about 1,000 police looked on.

Hundreds of people also attended a counter-demonstration in Spandau.