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    Lutz Bachmann, the leader of the German anti-Islam and anti-immigrant movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) was banned by the Dresden authorities from organizing and heading Pegida rallies, local media reported on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The ban also applies to Pegida deputy leader Siegfried Daebritz and will last until 2021, spokesman of the city’s authorities Kai Schulz told the Zeit Online media outlet.

    The decision followed the Pegida rally on October 3, the German Unity Day, that was not authorized and held in a place where all demonstrations are prohibited.

    Bachmann vowed to appeal against the decision and said that he would take part in further rallies.

    "I can reassure you, of course Sigi [Siegfried Daebritz] and I will be able to organize our rallies in Dresden!" he wrote on his Twitter page.

    In May, a district court in Dresden said Bachmann would have to pay 9,600 euros ($11,000) for inciting hatred by insulting refugees on Facebook.

    Pegida emerged in October 2014 in the eastern German city of Dresden, where it attracted hundreds and later thousands of supporters during weekly anti-Islamization marches.


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