Berlin authorities ban march by far-right party

Berlin officials Friday banned a march through the city by the extreme-right National Democratic Party (website in German; the German acronym for the party is NPD) that was scheduled for Saturday. According to a city interior minister, the party was being barred due to its use of "incitement to separate people." Recent electoral gains by the party in Saxony state elections, in which the NPD gained seats in a state assembly for the first time since 1968, have raised concern among some politicians in the country.

Attempts by the government to ban the party were thrown out by courts last year. The press release from the Berlin city government announcing today's demonstration ban is here (in German). From Germany, Deutsche Welle has more on the NPD. BBC News has more.

 

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