Germany: Protest in Berlin as surviving member of neo-Nazi murder cell gets life sentence

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Published on 12 Jul 2018, 1:30
Hundreds of antifa activists took to the streets of Berlin on Wednesday, after last surviving member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) neo-Nazi group was sentenced to life in prison for the death of ten people.

The five-year-long trial concluded earlier on Wednesday in Munich as former NSU member Beate Zschaepe received the life sentence.

Activists and relatives of the victim’s took to the streets of the German capital to decry the judicial process that according to them left many questions unanswered, such as the involvement of secret services in the group’s activities.

The NSU cell, made up of three members, killed 10 people between 2000 and 2007. Eight of the victims were of Turkish origin; the other victims were a Greek man and a German policewoman. The NSU aimed to terrorise minorities and coerce them into leaving the country.

Outrage was caused by the fact that the NSU had been able to operate undetected for so many years. The police wrongly accused Turkish mafia of the murders, leading some to claim authorities were complacent about the crimes of right-wing extremists. The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service was eventually forced to resign.

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