German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to a memorial site dedicated to victims of far-right terror group National Socialist Underground (NSU) was opposed by counter-demonstrators in eastern German city of Zwickau on Monday.
Together with a group of local students, Merkel laid white flowers in front of a tree, representing one of the ten NSU victims. «As I have promised the family members of the... Еще victims several years ago, we as the Federal Government, would do everything to prevent these crimes from ever occurring again,» she said.
Merkel continued: «It's good that today we're here with young people, who are saying that they would like to ensure that such things would not happen in Germany again.»
A group of around 50 protesters from the far-right or nationalist movement staged a demonstration against the chancellor's visit.
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.
In 2018, the last surviving member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) group, Beate Zschaepe, was found guilty of ten counts of murder by the Higher Regional Court in Munich.