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French neo-Nazis turn on Muslim graves attacks

Anxiety is growing in France about a series of neo-Nazi attacks on Jewish, and now Muslim, sites especially in the Strasbourg and Colmar areas of Alsace. There have been five serious incidents in or near the Alsatian cities in the past seven weeks, culminating in the desecration of a Muslim cemetery in Meinau last week. Local politicians and police have mostly dismissed the attacks as the work of children or adolescents but community leaders insist that they are part of an entrenched pattern of racist abuse. More than 300 people of all races and religions gathered on Wednesday for a religious service and protest in the Muslim section of the Meinau cemetery, in the suburbs of Strasbourg, where 50 graves were daubed with black swastikas. A similar attack on a Jewish cemetery at Herrlisheim, near Colmar, in April also drew a protest by Alsatians of all races – the first time that there has been a clear anti-racist stand by ordinary people in the German-speaking province.Full Story

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