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470 arrested at Sweden neo-Nazi event

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Police arrested hundreds of neo-Nazis and leftist counter-demonstrators facing off in Stockholm, observers say.

Some 470 activists from extreme right- and left-wing groups were taken into custody at demonstrations Saturday in Salem, part of southwestern Stockholm, the Swedish news agency TT reported. Fifteen of them were jailed while the others were dispersed, officials said.

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Tensions were especially high at the annual event commemorating the 2000 death of a teenage neo-Nazi because of fire-bombing attacks aimed at leftists in nearby Hogdalen last month, the news agency said.

"It was a successful day from a police perspective," said Stockholm police official Anders Olsson.

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