German skinheads raided

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DUSSELDORF (Reuter) - German police yesterday raided right-wing, skinhead musicians accused of glorifying violence and inciting racial hatred through songs. Skinhead rock bands, believed to number around 50, are the rage of Germany's increasingly violent far-right fringe, preaching a mixture of Nazi ideology, street fighting and hatred of foreigners.

Police staged dawn raids in a nationwide crackdown on right-wing bands, homes and offices of band members and producers, said the interior ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia state. The police action was centred on the town of Bruehl, near Cologne, from where the firm Rock-O-Rama distributes records and CDs on behalf of 28 skinhead bands, police said.