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Scuffle Breaks Out as American Neo-Nazi Faces Court
 By JAN M. OLSEN
 Associated Press Writer
     COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Helmeted riot police barred about 50
 left-wing demonstrators from court Wednesday while a judge extended
 the arrest warrant for American neo-Nazi Gary Lauck.
     Lauck was arrested March 20 on an international arrest warrant
 from Germany while visiting a Copenhagen suburb. Dubbed the "Farm
 Belt Fuhrer" by his critics, Lauck allegedly has been the main
 supplier of propaganda to German neo-Nazis for the last 20 years
 from his base in Lincoln, Neb.
     Lauck was brought privately before a judge Wednesday so his
 arrest warrant could be extended three weeks. He now may be held in
 the Danish jail until April 26.
     The hearing was held in a second-floor courtroom at the Roskilde
 police building 25 miles west of Copenhagen.
     At first, about 10 anti-Nazi demonstrators on the ground floor
 were stopped before reaching the courtroom. Police said the
 demonstrators carried home-made wooden clubs and thick, 20-inch
 cables with handles.
     "Moments later, some 40 (demonstrators) dashed out of an old
 tourist bus and tried to enter the building," said a duty officer,
 speaking on condition of anonymity. "When they were kept at bay,
 they started throwing rocks and bottles at us and at the
 building."
     Three windows were smashed but no injuries were reported, said
 Police Inspector Soeren Henriksen.
     The demonstrators rushed back to the bus and headed for
 Copenhagen, police said. The vehicle was stopped in the city, but
 the protesters had changed clothes and police could not tell who
 had broken the windows. No arrests were made.
     Earlier, about 20 Danish neo-Nazis also had entered the building
 demanding access to Lauck's closed-door hearing. Their request was
 refused and they did not take part in the scuffle.
     Danish leftists have regularly clashed with right-wing groups in
 Denmark and southern Sweden.
     German authorities accuse Lauck of distributing illegal
 propaganda and Nazi symbols, incitement, encouraging racial hatred
 and belonging to a criminal group. If tried and convicted, he could
 be sent to jail for five years.



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