Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Macron-Putin: "a frank exchange"

Read more

THE DEBATE

Mending Strained Ties: French President Macron hosts Putin at Versailles Palace (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Mending Strained Ties: French President Macron hosts Putin at Versailles Palace (part 1)

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: 'The Square', Sofia Coppola and Joaquin Phoenix take top prizes

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

The violinist of Venezuela's protests; and France's dying bees

Read more

FOCUS

Famine used as a weapon of war in South Sudan

Read more

THE DEBATE

Let's talk Africa-Asia partnerships (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Let's talk Africa-Asia partnerships (part 1)

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

British Airways IT debacle could cost the airline big

Read more

Europe

Protesters stop neo-Nazi rally in Dresden

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-13

An annual neo-Nazi march commemorating the Allied bombing of Dresden on Saturday was blocked by thousands of Germans, who formed a human chain to prevent the march.

AFP - Hundreds of neo-Nazis gathered in the eastern German city of Dresden Saturday but they were opposed by thousands of counter-demonstrators seeking to block an annual march.
  
Police said some 1,300 far-right supporters had gathered by mid-afternoon, far fewer than the 6,500 expected, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the allied bombing which destroyed the historic city towards the end of World War II.
  
Opponents of the rally -- a collection of politicians, artists and unionists forming the "Dresden without Nazis" alliance -- had called on the city's residents to stage a peaceful counter-protest and block the demonstration.
  
"Some 10,000 people have succeeded in blocking access to the rallying point," alliance spokesman Stefan Thiele told AFP.
  
Thanks to these actions, covering roads leading from the main railway station to the Neustadt district, "the neo-Nazi march is not nearly as large as in the past", he said.
  
Local police were also out in force to prevent possible clashes between the two sides.
  
An attempt to ban the march was turned down by a local court on Thursday.
  
A massive bombing raid on Dresden in February 1945 sparked a firestorm which destroyed much of the city and killed some 25,000 people. Critics of the attack claimed it was strategically unnecessary.

Date created : 2010-02-13

  • GERMANY

    Trial of suspected Nazi guard Demjanjuk opens in Munich

    Read more

COMMENT(S)