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Thursday, 14 September, 2000, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
Germany bans skinhead group

The German government has banned an international white supremacist group calling itself Blood and Honour.

The German Interior Minister, Otto Schily, said the group was spreading Nazi messages.

He said some of those arrested after a recent spate of attacks on foreigners in Germany had been inspired by music played at concerts organised by the group.

But he said there was no evidence directly implicating Blood and Honour with the attacks.

The banning comes as a German government commission considers whether to outlaw the biggest far-right group in Germany, the National Democratic Party, because of the racist attacks. Mr Schily said Blood and Honour has up to three hundred German members.

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