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 German police detain hundreds of skinheads
   ERFURT, Germany, March 26 (Reuter) - German police detained
 more than 200 radical right-wing skinheads as they tried to
 gather in the eastern state of Thueringen for an unathorised
 weekend concert, authorities said on Sunday.
    Thueringen Interior Minister Richard Dewes said police,
 backed by units from two neighbouring states, took 231 people
 into custody as they arrived from around the country for a
 concert in the town of Triptis.
    Twenty-two people faced charges for weapons offences or for
 displaying insignias of banned organisations, he said.
    In all around 400 to 500 extreme rightists from 11 states
 arrived for the concert. Dewes said it indicated how skinhead
 groups have become increasingly interlinked.
    Neo-Nazi violence, often directed against foreigners, surged
 after German unification in 1990 but has waned of late.

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