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Copyright, 1994. The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

   BERLIN (AP) -- A police commander was suspended Monday for not
blocking a meeting of extreme rightists disguised as a rock concert
and held in a small town outside Berlin.

   Police said about 900 rightists from all over Germany gathered in
Ruedersdorf, a town of about 10,000 on the eastern outskirts of
Berlin, and spent Saturday evening singing racist songs and exchanging
neo-Nazi literature, which is illegal in Germany.

   The town administration of Ruedersdorf, where citizen's anti-crime
patrols have been active for about a year because of inadequate police
presence, complained that police hadn't stopped the extremists'

   The town demanded action from the government of Brandenburg state,
which surrounds Berlin.

   Police headquarters in the city of Frankfurt an der Oder said the
police commander in charge had been suspended and would face a
disciplinary hearing.  It said he had been given "unmistakable notice"
the day before the concert that the meeting had to be banned.

   Police in Brandenburg state were embarrassed by a similar incident
in the summer of 1993 when hundreds of neo-Nazis came together at an
event disguised as a concert.

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