BERLIN — Police detained dozens of neo-Nazi supporters trying to hold a rally Saturday, while hundreds of Germans took to the streets in an anti-Nazi protest decrying a rise in racist attacks.
The arrests came after courts banned the extreme-right National Democratic Party, or NPD, from holding a rally in Bad Berka, near Weimar in eastern Germany, calling it a danger to public safety. About 100 skinheads were detained as they tried to attend despite the ban.
About 1,200 people turned out for the anti-Nazi demonstration in Duesseldorf, where an explosion July 27 at a rail station injured 10 immigrants from the former Soviet Union, six of them Jewish.
Although police have yet to determine a motive, the possibility that the grenade was set off by right-wing extremists has triggered demands for action to stop daily neo-Nazi offenses, from spray-painting of swastikas to slayings.