6 neo-Nazis attacked in German city of Dresden
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6 neo-Nazis attacked in German city of Dresden

Police believe leftist extremists assaulted group of far-right demonstrators returning from rally

Illustrative image of neo-Nazi graffiti in Dresden, Germany. (CC BY Kalispera Dell, Wikimedia commons)
Illustrative image of neo-Nazi graffiti in Dresden, Germany. (CC BY Kalispera Dell, Wikimedia commons)

BERLIN — Police in the eastern German city of Dresden say six neo-Nazis on their way home from a rally were attacked by a group of masked assailants believed to be leftist extremists.

The dpa news agency reported Monday two of the neo-Nazis were beaten so badly they needed hospital treatment.

The six neo-Nazis, aged between 27 and 35, were attacked by about 15 people on their way back to their cars after a rally of about 500 far-right extremists Saturday.

The demonstration was being held in advance of the anniversary of the Allied firebombing of Dresden on February 13-14, 1945.

Some 25,000 people died in the bombing, according to a 2008 official study. German neo-Nazis maintain the death toll was far higher.

Official commemorations promoting peace and reconciliation are scheduled Tuesday.

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