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Berlin court rules far-right posters can remain

Berlin court rules far-right posters can remain

A Berlin court has ruled state election campaign posters for the far-right National Democratic Party may remain on display.
One shows caricatures of Muslim immigrants on a flying carpet with the slogan "have a nice flight home." Another with the slogan "step on the gas" pictures the party's leader on a motorcycle apparently revving the engine.
Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood had ordered the posters taken down, saying they violated German incitement laws.
But the Berlin state court ruled Wednesday that the posters were protected under freedom of speech laws. It noted that even though the "step on the gas" poster "could well be intended to arouse associations with Nazi atrocities" it could also have other meanings.
The party isn't expect to win any seats in the Sept. 18 vote.