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2528France: Swastikas On Muslim Graves

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    Jul 8, 2004
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      NEO-NAZI GRAFFITI SPRAYED ON MUSLIM GRAVES IN EASTERN FRANCE
      Agence France Presse, 6/14/04
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1131687.htm

      A Muslim cemetery and a village in eastern France were painted with
      Neo-Nazi slogans and swastikas over the weekend, prompting Interior
      Minister Dominique de Villepin to head to the region to speak with
      officials and religious representatives.

      More than 50 Muslim graves in a Strasbourg cemetery were covered with
      black swastikas and, in some cases, "HH" (for Heil Hitler) and the
      neo-Nazi characters "88", which refer to the letter H being the 8th
      letter in the alphabet.

      A wall nearby was inscribed with threats against the heads of the
      regional Muslim council and the regional assembly as well as the
      phrases "Sieg Heil", "White Race", "White Power" and "Adolf".

      In the village of Wittersdorf, 80 kilometres to the south, similar
      graffiti was sprayed on walls, bus shelters and along streets on
      Saturday night.

      Insults were also written against the town's mayor and "Attention:
      the Jews are back" was painted on the outside of a Jewish person's
      home.

      Police were investigating both acts of vandalism.

      Mr De Villepin will discuss those and other racist incidents with
      local Muslim and Jewish leaders.

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