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2 Arrested in Alleged Vandalization

December 3, 2000

BERLIN (AP) _ Police arrested two teen-agers for allegedly vandalizing a memorial to a North African immigrant who died while fleeing from neo-Nazis, one of several weekend incidents in east Germany involving extreme rightists.

The two youths, ages 16 and 19, were arrested in Guben on the Polish border Saturday while trampling on the memorial plaque and trying to affix a sticker of the far-right National Democratic Party, police said.

Prosecutors were considering charges of disturbing the peace and damaging public property against the older suspect, police spokesman Uwe Kraul said. Both boys had known far-right ties, he said.

The repeatedly vandalized plaque commemorates Omar Ben Noui, 28, an Algerian who bled to death after jumping through a glass door while fleeing neo-Nazis who chased him through town in February 1999.

In Kittlitz, about 60 miles further south, some 180 far-right skinheads at a Saturday night rock concert threw bottles at police arriving to break up the event. Six police officers and about a dozen skinheads were injured, and police detained 25 people for questioning.

In Dresden, hundreds of police turned out Saturday to prevent a banned demonstration by the National Democratic Party, which the government accuses of inciting neo-Nazism and is seeking to have outlawed.

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