Angry protests mark funeral of Nazi war criminal in Italy

October 16, 2013 5:17 AM

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Angry protests mark funeral of Nazi war criminal in Italy

ROME (Reuters) - Italians shouted abuse and kicked the hearse of a Nazi war criminal at his funeral ceremony on Tuesday, held near Rome despite attempts by the local mayor to prevent it.

Former German SS officer Erich Priebke had been serving a life sentence under house arrest in Rome for his role in the killing of 335 civilians in 1944 in caves near the capital, one of Italy's worst wartime massacres. Priebke, who died last week aged 100, never apologized.

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