Brno city councilors have passed a resolution condemning a parade that has been announced for 1 May in Brno by the Workers' Youth (Dělnická mládež - DM). The city council resolution openly states that the march is being organized by neo-Nazis and that it will be a "hate action against members of national minorities living in Brno" which aims to "spark conflicts, fear and tension".
The extremists have announced the parade for two separate routes, both of which were rejected by local authorities. A court, however, overturned those decisions. The city is therefore preparing for the march to take place.
The conveners of the march have officially called it a Labor Day celebration, but Martin Ander (Green Party - SZ), a city councilor and head of the city's Committee for National Minorities, has said it will be a rally by neo-Nazis from all over Central Europe. Moreover, the march means Brno will become the setting for such an enterprise for the third time in the last four years. "The web pages of Czech neo-Nazis and their illegal organization, National Resistance (Národní odpor - NO) are investing a lot of energy in calling on all promoters of neo-Nazism, including those abroad, to come to Brno on 1 May," Ander said.
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