David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, white supremacist and Louisiana politician, was arrested and taken into custody in Cologne on Friday, prior to a planned speech to a right-wing extremist group, German police said Monday.
The arrest appears to be tied to Duke's expulsion from the Czech Republic in 2009, following his detention there on suspicion of denying the Holocaust, a crime in many European countries, including Germany. The Cologne police statement said that Duke "was not entitled to stay in Germany" because of a travel ban against him in another, unspecified European country.
Germany has struggled recently with a resurgence of nationalist groups, some which have been tied to violence against minorities and immigrants. Several days before Duke's arrest, German prosecutors announced a new investigation into a neo-Nazi gang tied to eight murders, including six Turkish immigrants and a police officer. The group, which had escaped detection for over a decade, is also suspected ihttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifn attacks in Cologne and Duesseldorf that injured more than 30 people, mostly immigrants and foreigners.
"We all have a responsibility to ensure that extreme-right, nationalistic and anti-Semitic groups and networks are not able to again come together," Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the German justice minister, said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
Note to Germany: Amen to that, but you're not helping by deporting him. Lock his ass up and keep him forever. May I suggest a shipping container that had something really smelly in it on the site of the old Spandau Prison? Put big windows in it so school children can see a real live Nazi and where being one will get you. For his comfort put in about a foot of fresh, really loaded hay from a stable and repeat as necessary. Call it the "Hess Suite".
Build a gallows where he can see it. Build it with gorgeous Teutonic engineering and efficiency. After a while, hang him.
"The state underestimated right-wing extremism and only focused its attention on the leftist, anti-fascist scene," Bauer says.
The only good Nazi is a dead Nazi.