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    Extreme right-wings demonstrators gather prior to a neo-Nazi rally on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess in Berlin Spandau on August 19, 2017.

    Neo-Nazis From Across Europe March in Berlin, Counter-Rally Underway (PHOTO)

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    Neo-Nazis from across Europe are marching in Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s former deputy. A counter-rally against Nazism is also underway.

    German police are at the site of the rallies, trying to separate the groups of protesters to avoid clashes. Police told organizers of the far right rally that they can march, but they're not allowed to glorify top Nazi Hess.

    At least a thousand people are participating in the Neo-Nazi march and that number is expected to rise.

    The Neo-Nazis call for the release of the investigation findings regarding Hess' circumstances of death. After WWII, Hitler’s former deputy was convicted of war crimes and was taken to a military prison in Spandau in western Berlin, where he remained for 40 years until committing suicide in 1987. Nazi sympathizers believe that Hess was killed and organize annual marches in his honor.

    The marches commemorating Hess used to take place in Wunsiedel, Bavaria, where Rudolf Hess was buried until German authorities removed his remains. The news comes following a rising number of far right protests in the EU and the US.

    Berlin's neo-Nazi rally took place a week after the violence in the city of Charlottesville in the US state of Virginia. On August 12, Charlottesville saw a major rally of neo-Nazi and far-right protesters who took to the streets to oppose the removal of a monument dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally, dubbed Unite the Right, which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counter-protesters and culminated in the car ramming attack.

    On Friday, an anti-Islamization rally took place in Barcelona following the deadly terrorist attacks in Catalonia, killing 14 and injuring over 100. At the same time, left-wing groups Arran and Endavant staged an anti-fascist rally at the site.


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