Police reinstate border controls over neo-Nazi march in Dresden

13-02-2010

The Czech police temporarily reinstated border controls on the frontier with Germany on Saturday in relation to a planned neo-Nazi march in Dresden. The police checked vehicles at ten Czech-German border crossings as well as passengers on Germany-bound international trains. Several dozen police and customs officers took part in the operation, a police spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, thousands of anti neo-Nazi protesters, including the Czech minister for human rights and minorities, Michael Kocáb, prevented the extremists from marching through the city of Dresden on Saturday. Around 4,000 right-wing extremists gathered in the city to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden during which an estimated 25,000 people died, most of them civilians.