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Banner on a house wall in Leipzig instead of flyers: Demo on day X


Sebastian Willnow / dpa

After the Dresden verdict against the student Lina E. for left-wing extremist acts of violence, the city of Leipzig has banned a demonstration planned for Saturday. This was announced by the assembly authority of the public order office. The slogan of the demonstration was »United we stand – In spite of everything, defend autonomous anti-fascism!«.

On Saturday, the radical left-wing scene is calling for participation in a big "Day X" in Leipzig. The police fear riots and are preparing a large-scale operation. The demonstration, which has now been banned, was the only known registered assembly on that day. It was supposed to start at 17 p.m. in the Connewitz district. In the further course, the participants were to march through the city and end with a final rally in the city center. How many participants were registered was not initially announced.

The reason for the ban were the danger forecasts of the Leipzig police department, the situation assessments of the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and other findings of the assembly authority, it said. According to the currently recognizable circumstances, public safety was directly endangered by the assembly.

Lina E. was sentenced to five years and three months in prison on Wednesday. The Higher Regional Court of Dresden found the 28-year-old from Kassel guilty of membership in a criminal organization for several attacks on right-wing extremists.

Three co-accused men received sentences ranging from two years and five months and three years and three months. The Federal Prosecutor General accused the group of brutally beating up actual or alleged supporters of the right-wing scene in Leipzig, Eisenach and the village of Wurzen between 2018 and 2020.

The arrest warrant against Lina E. was suspended subject to conditions. She does not have to serve the remaining sentence until the verdict is final.