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42 Slovaks involved in Czech neo-Nazi march

CZECH police escorted 42 Slovak citizens back home over their participation in neo-Nazi marches and riots in Prague, Slovak Police spokesman Martin Korch told the SITA newswire.

Police arrested at least 80 people during the unrest in Prague on November 10, Czech Police spokesman Ladislav Bernášek told SITA. At least six people suffered injuries, including one police officer, Prague Emergency Services spokeswoman Jiřina Ernestová said.

The march through Prague's old Jewish neighbourhood was held on the anniversary of the Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany and parts of Austria on the night of November 9-10, 1938.

The far-right Young National Democrats movement, which has links with the Nádorní Odpor neo-Nazi group, organised the event in spite of a court ban.

The official reason given for the rally was protesting the presence of Czech soldiers in Iraq.

At the peak of the riots, leftist extremists attacked more than 20 neo-Nazis in an effort to stop the march, Bernášek said. Elsewhere, about 50 leftist extremists attacked police officers with cobblestones.

Jewish community representatives and Czech politicians condemned the planned march as an outrage against the victims of the Holocaust.

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