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Neo-Nazis attack Sri Lankan in Bernese town

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Three drunken neo-Nazis were arrested after storming a Sri Lankan restaurant and injuring the owner in a rural town in the canton of Bern over the weekend.

The incident occurred on Saturday night in Hutwil, a town of 4,700 people in the lower Emmental region, according to a report issued by the cantonal police.
 
The young men, with shaved heads and dressed in military gear, were heard shouting “sieg Heil, sieg Heil” and making Nazi salutes as they marched around the town, according to police and media reports.

One of the men demolished a kebab stand at the restaurant and police were contacted around 8pm about three right-wing extremists ready to attack the owner.

“It must be assumed that according to initial investigations the three men had attacked the Sri Lankan,” a report from the regional prosecutor of Emmental-Oberaargau said.

A passerby intervened but the owner was slightly injured, the report said.

The 20 Minuten newspaper identified the owner as Ibrahim Ekemen, 34.

In an online report, the newspaper said the men threatened to kill the restaurant owner “the next time”.

The attackers also destroyed a chair and damaged a table, the newspaper said.

Police identified the men as coming from the cantons of Bern, Fribourg and Zurich.

The regional prosecutor said they were all intoxicated, with one man testing three milligrams per millilitre on a blood alcohol test, six times the legal limit for driving.

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