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Raid foils neo-Nazi 'Kristallnacht' plot

Otto Schily said the attack, which was due to take place on November 9, the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazis’ infamous anti-Jewish pogrom in 1938, demonstrated a “new quality of terror”. “There have been hints that rightwing extremists are really a great potential danger for our society, and that has been dramatically confirmed,” he said. Mr Schily praised police for moving swiftly last week to arrest the 10, who were all members of the Southern Brotherhood, a neo-Nazi gang based in southern Germany. The group had allegedly planned to blow up the synagogue during the ceremony which was due to be attended by hundreds of people, including Johannes Rau, Germany’s president, and Paul Spiegel, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. In raids last week police seized 1.7kg of TNT, 14kg of suspected explosives, two pistols, grenades and a dagger with a swastika on it. They made several further arrests over the weekend. Papers carried photographs of the plot’s alleged ringleader yesterday. Martin Wiese, 27, unemployed, grew up in East Germany and was known to the authorities. Full Story

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