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Berlin Neo-Nazi Leader on Trial, Accused of Arms Offenses
     BERLIN (AP) - A longtime leader of Berlin's neo-Nazis said at
 the opening session of his trial today that he wants to "cleanse"
 Germany of foreigners and to use a flamethrower on parliament.
     Arnulf Priem, 47, was arrested in August when police raided his
 apartment where more than 20 neo-Nazis were meeting. Police seized
 guns, ammunition, firebombs and racist propaganda.
     Priem, leader of the German Alternative group, is accused of 15
 offenses, including forming an armed group, violating weapons laws
 and possessing illegal Nazi symbols.
     The group, outlawed last year, was among neo-Nazi organizations
 banned in recent years as German authorities moved to rein in the
 anti-foreigner violence that rose after German unification in 1990.
     Priem, active in neo-Nazi groups in Berlin since the 1970s, told
 the court he had made statements attributed to him in the
 indictment.
     He was accused of saying at German Alternative meetings that he
 wanted to "illuminate" the parliament with a flamethrower and
 that anti-foreigner protests were a "self-cleansing" process for
 Germany.
     The trial is expected to end next week.
 
     (Copyright 1995 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
 

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