Neo-Nazi extremists gather for Berlin memorial

The group has gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess

Neo-Nazi extremists gather for Berlin memorial

Right-wing extremists walk across the street to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess. Image: Maurizio Gambarini/dpa

Approximately 500 far-right extremists are staging a march in Berlin this afternoon to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Nazi leader Rudolf Hess.

Counter-demonstrators are protesting nearby - however both groups are being kept apart by hundreds of heavily armed police.

It comes less than a week after a far-right demonstration turned violent in the USA.

Hess was a leading figure in Nazi Germany and received a life sentence at the Nuremburg trials for crimes against peace.

He died in Spandau Prison on August 17th 1987.

His death was ruled a suicide – however Nazi sympathisers have long claimed that he was killed and organise annual marches in his honour.

Counter-demonstrators march in Berlin, 19-08-2017. Image: Maurizio Gambarini/AP/Press Association 

Police have told the neo-Nazis they can march – however they are not allowed to glorify Hess and are restricted to one banner for every 50 people in attendance.

Openly anti-Semitic chants would also see police intervening.

The neo-Nazis are allowed to demonstrate under Germany’s right to free speech and free assembly.

The weaponry carried by protestors in Charlottesville last weekend will not be tolerated.