- The Washington Times - Friday, September 1, 2000

DESSAU, Germany (AP) Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder laid a wreath yesterday in front of a memorial marking the spot where three neo-Nazis fatally beat an African immigrant, a gesture intended to signal the government's concern about rising nationalist violence.
Somber and silent, the chancellor placed the wreath of yellow flowers decorated with a streamer in the colors of the German flag in front of the 4-foot-tall stone slab adorned with a framed black-and-white photo of the victim: Alberto Adriano, 39, the father of three.
Later, after escorting Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen to a high school that specializes in foreign exchange programs, Mr. Schroeder said the two leaders had talked to the students about "freedom, democracy and justice."
"Together we must fight against terrible events like the murder of a Mozambican fellow citizen here in Dessau and we will," Mr. Schroeder said.
Local officials erected the memorial to Mr. Adriano after the June 11 attack in a downtown park.
Mr. Schroeder, on a summer tour through eastern Germany, made the previously unscheduled stop after a court this week convicted three young neo-Nazis on murder charges and sentenced them to prison.
Efforts to combat a surge in violence against foreigners and other minorities have dominated the government's agenda this summer after a series of brutal beatings as well as a still-unsolved bombing at a Duesseldorf train station that injured 10 immigrants from the former Soviet Union, six of them Jewish.
Despite the increased attention, daily attacks continue.
Police in another eastern town, Cottbus, reported a group of youths shouting "Sieg Heil" and showing the raised-arm Nazi salute early yesterday. They reportedly tossed two crude Molotov cocktails onto the sidewalk in front of a building housing the "Multi-cultural Europe" youth club.
No damage occurred, and police were looking for suspects.
Near Stuttgart in southern Germany, three skinheads, ages 18 to 21, faced charges after confessing to setting a fire in a home for asylum-seekers on Wednesday, police said. Two of the 79 residents were slightly injured during the evacuation.
Even some of the 50 or so onlookers at the wreath-laying in Dessau had few friendly things to say about foreigners living in Germany. Sylvia Jahn, an out-of-work postal employee, said she did not condone the attack, but she added: "Those foreigners should stay at home in their own country. Then we won't have all these problems and conflicts."
In a related development, the head of a state office for monitoring neo-Nazis has been fired following criticism over the revelation that he paid $11,500 to a known neo-Nazi for information on radical rightists, German radio reported.

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