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A ragtag band of Berlin street artists is taking aim at an urban scourge of neo-Nazi graffiti and is using "love and humor" to turn swastikas into colorful symbols of inclusiveness. As authorities report a sharp rise in far-right activity in Germany, including the rampant spread of anti-migrant propaganda, the #PaintBack initiative in Berlin is fighting back.Omari, 37, owns a paint shop catering to street artists, and runs "The Cultural Heirs," a organization bringing together youth of German and immigrant backgrounds for activities from break-dancing and street art to hip-hop DJing and skateboarding.The appearance of the symbol of hate proved not to be a one-off, however, and swastikas started turning up more and more – in parks, in apartment buildings – apparently fueled by the influx of more than 1 million asylum-seekers after Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders in 2015 .It is against the law in Germany to display swastikas and other Nazi-era symbols, but those who take matters into their own hands can also run afoul of the authorities.
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