Germany: Neo-Nazi rally for release of jailed musician

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Germany:
Neo-Nazi rally for release of a right-wing musician

On 21 October 2006 a group of 750 Neo-Nazis demonstrated in Berlin to demand the release of a jailed right-wing musician of the banned rock group Landser, reported several news agencies

The neo-Nazis protested outside Tegel prison in northwestern Berlin where Michael Regener, former singer of the banned rock group Landser, is serving a three-year sentence.
Michael Regener, also known as Lunikoff, was sentenced in December 2003 to three years and four months in jail after a court ruled his skinhead rock band Landser (German for ‘foot soldiers’) was a criminal organisation that spread racial hatred of Jewish people and foreigners. He began his sentence in April 2005 after losing legal appeals.

Michael Regener is a member of the extremist German National Party (NPD) which organized the rally. Some protesters carried posters reading “Freedom for Lunikoff” as they marched near the prison. Police said 16 neo-Nazis were arrested during the demonstration.


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Reuters – 21 October 2006
‘German neo-Nazis rally outside Berlin jail’

BBC News – 21 October 2006:
‘Neo-Nazis rally for jailed singer’

International Herald Tribune / The Associated Press – 22 October 2006:
‘Berlin police say 16 arrested during neo-Nazi demonstration’
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