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Saturday, October 30th, 2004, 08:02 PM
Neo-Nazi Party Aims for National Parliament


Party leadership announced ambitious plans at their conference

Germany's National Democratic Party said it planned to draw on the neo-Nazi scene in order to achieve the their ambitious plans of winning parliament seats in national elections in 2006.

The leader of Germany's extreme-right National Democratic Party (NPD) told his party's conference here on Saturday that an electoral alliance with another extremist part would help them gain parliamentary representation in two years' time.

Speaking in front of 160 delegates, NPD party chairman Udo Voigt said the alliance with the German People's Union (DVU) would make the parties, which are both strongly opposed to immigration, "a strong national entity".

He said his party would also be prepared to work with the
Republikaner, another extreme-right party who have so far refused the offer of an alliance.

Time for revolutionary change

The NPD shocked the mainstream political parties by winning 9.2 percent of the votes in a regional elections in the economically-depressed eastern state of Saxony last month, and is aiming to repeat that success on a national level in the 2006 parliamentary elections.

On Saturday night, hardliners from the neo-Nazi scene are expected to be voted into the national party leadership. Observers say the move is an effort by the NPD, which has traditionally rejected links to neo-Nazis, of tapping into the scene to form a "people's front from the right," as Voigt put it.

Addressing the conference in this small eastern town which was heavily guarded by police, Voigt said: "The time has come for a revolutionary change in Germany, and this process started in Saxony."

Ambitious plans greeted with skepticism

Political scientists, however, don't believe the right-wing party can repeat its success on a national level. They say the lack of a cohesive party program and media support would doom the party, as would the lack of finances.

Under the alliance with the DVU, the two parties will enter a joint list of candidates for the national elections and will not
stand against each other.

Only one extremist right-wing party has won seats in the
Bundestag lower house of parliament since World War II and that was immediately after the war.

Protesters fight police

In protest against a neo-Nazi march in Potsdam on Saturday, thousands of left-wing activists clashed with police officers. The activists were there to protest the 350 neo-Nazis who marched with police escort through downtown Potsdam.

Things quickly got out of hand and police had to beat back the anarchists with water cannons. At least four officers were injured and several activists arrested.

DW Staff (dre)/AFP

friedrich braun
Saturday, October 30th, 2004, 09:01 PM
Anti-immigration = Nazi for the media. This simplistic and lazy analysis will only serve to normalize National Socialism (a most welcome outcome in itself), since people will begin to say: "if that's what it means to be a Nazi, then I'm a Nazi" and "If the only alternative to the current mess, decrepitude, and overall malaise is a revival of National Socialist ideals, so be it."

Friday, November 5th, 2004, 06:29 PM

Right-wing alliance set
Two parties striving to win seats in Germany's parliament

By William Pratt

The unwanted guests arrived in the eastern German town of Leinefelde last Saturday, some clad in normal street clothes and others in camouflage, some with hair and others with shaved heads. Their destination was the town's multipurpose hall and a convention being held under the motto “Work, Family, Fatherland.“
And once the members of the National Democratic Party had assembled, two right-wing extremist leaders got down to the business of putting their seal of approval on a political agreement aimed at placing the partners in the German parliament in 2006. The arrangement brings together two parties - the National Democratic Party of Germany, a group that the national government tried and failed to ban; and the German Peoples Union, an organization led by a Bavaria publisher of right-wing publications.
Their agreement solidified a pact that proved successful during the September elections in the eastern states of Brandenburg and Saxony. Under that deal, the National Democratic Party entered candidates only in Saxony and the German Peoples Union only in Brandenburg. The result: the National Democratic Party grabbed 9.2 percent to win seats in a state parliament for the first time since 1968, and the German Peoples Union added one more seat in the Brandenburg state parliament to the five it won in 1999.
The new arrangement will allow the National Democratic Party to lead the ticket in the 2006 national election. Its partner will take the lead in the 2009 election for the European Parliament. A similar arrangement is planned for state elections as well.
“We are back and much stronger,“ said Udo Voigt, the head of the National Democratic Party.
The agreement was not the only attempt Voigt has undertaken to strengthen his party. During the convention, delegates elected a neo-Nazi with a criminal record to the board of the National Democratic Party. The new member, Thorsten Heise, heads an independent group called “Free Comradeships.“
Observers said the recruitment of Heise could pay off for the party in two ways. His group could add about 3,000 activists to the party's ranks of 5,000 members, German security officials said. It also could help expand the party's presence in local communities, said Anna Spangenberg, who heads an organization that works to combat right-wing extremism. The comradeships have been involved in many eastern German communities for years, running “national youth centers,“ Spangenberg said.
Voigt said this move was part of the effort to expand “the battle for the street, the parliaments and the minds“ to the “battle for the organized will.“
He also said he had other expansion plans in mind. The goal would be to bring another right-wing German party, the Republikaner, into the alliance. But the party rejected the advance. “There are no joint positions with parties that want to do away with this government and this democracy in order to create a Fourth Reich,'“ the party said.
On Monday, the Republikaner party took an additional step aimed at distancing itself from Voigt's party. It announced that it had formed its own election alliance with two other right-wing groups, the German Party and the German Social Union.
Voigt and the head of the German Peoples Union, Gerhard Frey, said each party stood on equal footing. But statements from both leaders indicated that the two organizations had differences of opinion.
Frey said, for instance: “We have to keep as much distance as possible from nazism and neo-nazism.“ But Heise was elected to the National Democratic Party's board by 64.7 percent of the voters at the convention. Voigt also said he viewed the German constitution as temporary. Frey said the country needed more democracy.
Frey, however, played down the differences and compared the parties' relationship to the country's mainstream Union parties, the Christian Democratic Union and the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union.
The citizens of Leinefelde, a town in the eastern German state of Thuringia, were upset by the National Democratic Party's presence in their community. “This party convention is a shame and a catastrophe for our city,“ Mayor Gert Reinhardt said.
The city went to court in an attempt to block the convention. Later, about 150 people lined the streets to protest the arrival of the party members. And the city's bells rang out at noon on Sunday as a sign of protest. But many of the city's 12,000 residents remained out of sight. “Many are afraid and preferred to stay home,“ one woman said.
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The goal would be to bring another right-wing German party, the Republikaner, into the alliance. But the party rejected the advance. “There are no joint positions with parties that want to do away with this government and this democracy in order to create a Fourth Reich,'“ the party said.

What a sad clown their leader is. He's attorney, and once he even defended a Turk who raped a German woman or something (I don't know the details; a rather old story).