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Anti-far right protest ahead of German neo-Nazi trial

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Thousands of people marched through Munich on Saturday in a protest against Germany's extreme right groups, days ahead of an intensely-watched trial of a woman accused of being part of a neo-Nazi murder cell.

The crowd -- estimated at 5,000 by police and nearly double that by organisers -- held up banners denouncing fascism and racism.

On Wednesday, the trial opens in Munich of Beate Zschaepe, a far-right activist who is accused of being part of a three-person team that murdered eight people of Turkish origin and one Greek between 2000 and 2007.

The other two suspects in the team, Uwe Boehnhardt and Uwe Mundlos, died in a suspected murder-suicide pact in November 2011.

The three were members of a far-right gang calling itself the National Socialist Underground.

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