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Police detain about 100 German hooligans for shouting Nazi slogans

Police detain about 100 German hooligans for shouting Nazi slogans

Police detained about 100 hooligans Sunday for shouting Nazi-like slogans during Germany's European Championship opener against Poland.
About 60 people were detained first and then a second group of 40 were taken into custody later, according to police.
There were no reports of violence against police, but the Austria Press Agency said several German and Polish fans clashed briefly in Klagenfurt's largest fan zone after Germany took a 1-0 lead.
Police encircled the first group in downtown Klagenfurt after they began shouting slogans such as, "All Poles have to wear a yellow star" _ an allusion to the yellow star that Jews had to display in parts of Europe controlled by Nazi Germany and its allies.
Members of the second group were arrested, said police, after they began shouting similar slogans, among them: "Germans protect yourselves. Don't buy anything from Poles" _ again an allusion to warnings during the Nazi era, when Germans and Austrians were told to boycott Jewish stores.
The Austria Press Agency said those detained would be charged with disturbing the peace and expelled from Austria.
The southern Austrian city of Klagenfurt is one of the venues for Euro 2008, which is hosted jointly by Austria and Switzerland and opened Saturday.


Updated : 2021-04-23 23:34 GMT+08:00