German police arrest neo-Nazis after occupation of Dortmund church | News | DW.COM | 17.12.2016

The neo-Nazi group barricaded themselves in the steeple of the Lutheran church on Friday at 6:40 p.m. (1740 UTC), Dortmund police said in a statement.They hung a banner from the tower parapet, lit flares and shouted right-wing slogans down at the bustling Christmas market crowd below using a megaphone. The neo-Nazi group also appeared to light fireworks from the steeple in a picture circulating on social media.Police used force to break through the barricade with the help of Dortmund’s fire department and ended the illegal occupation, a police statement said.Authorities also took action against other far-right extremists who were gathered around the outside of the church, some of whom were passing out flyers.Eight of the right-wing extremists in the church tower, who were already known to police, were arrested but later let go from police detention.

Source: German police arrest neo-Nazis after occupation of Dortmund church | News | DW.COM | 17.12.2016