Germany has announced it is to introduce measures to ban neo-Nazi marches ahead of celebrations to mark the end of the Second World War in May.
The decision comes in response to plans by far-right activists to march past a Jewish memorial in the German capital Berlin during the commemoration ceremonies. Interior minister Otto Schily said: “It is unbearable to imagine far-right extremists could gather in front of monuments in memory of the victims of Nazi crimes, that they could condone or even play down these crimes.” The Berlin Holocaust memorial, a huge site the size of several football fields, was built in memory of the millions of Jews killed in World War Two. It is due to be inaugurated in May, but it is feared neo-Nazis could try to disturb events. Schily has denounced the growing number of far-right demonstrations such as a rally in the northern city of Kiel last month which turned violent when anti-Nazis turned out to protest against the rally. Far-right activists have announced a massive gathering in Dresden on Sunday for events commemorating the Allied bombings of the city.