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Police Make Arrests In Nationwide Searches For Neo-Nazis

March 3, 1988

STUTTGART, West Germany (AP) _ Police searched homes of suspected neo-Nazis in 61 West German cities Wednesday, confiscating Nazi flags and arresting four people, officers said.

A police official in Stuttgart, where federal authorities coordinated the searches by state and local police, said the arrests came during raids on homes of right-wing extremist suspects in Munich, Duisburg, Grevenbroich and Hanover.

The official, who spoke on condition of not being further identified, said that more than 90 homes in all were searched for evidence of membership in the illegal neo-Nazi group Action Front of National Socialists-National Activists. The national government banned the group in December 1983 on the ground it advocated violence against leftists and foreigners and promoted outlawed Nazi ideology.

The searches were apparently carried out in conjunction with the release from prison of prominent neo-Nazi Michael Kuehnen, a former West German army lieutenant who headed the outlawed Action Front organization.

Kuehnen was freed from Butzbach prison north of Frankfurt on Wednesday after completing a 3 1/2 -year sentence for distributing banned right-wing extremist propaganda, said Jochen Schroers, a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office, in a telephone interview.

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