Germany bans neo-Nazi organization

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2011 4:30 AM
Germany bans neo-Nazi organization

Germany's top security official says he has banned the nations' largest neo-Nazi organization, which provides help to jailed right-wing extremists.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said Wednesday that the ban on the Help Organization for National Political Prisoners and their Families was effective immediately.

Friedrich says the group, whose motto is "one front inside and outside," was banned for its "aggressive stance against the peaceful democratic rule of law."

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German intelligence officials say among other things, the group seeks to influence children with "racist, nationalist and neo-Nazi ideology."

It's estimated to have some 600 members in Germany.