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Leipzig: The lettering »Free Lina 3.6. Day X« was sprayed on the façade of a house

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The organizers of the "Day X" demonstration in Leipzig are defending themselves legally against the ban by the city. An urgent application against the ban had been received, said the spokesman for the Leipzig Administrative Court, Dirk Tolkmitt. The competent Senate will decide on this in the course of the day. The plaintiff was a private individual, the applicant of the demo.

The city of Leipzig had banned the event planned for Saturday with the motto "United we stand – In spite of everything, defend autonomous anti-fascism!" on Thursday, because an unpeaceful course of events was to be feared and public safety was directly endangered. In left-wing circles, there had been nationwide mobilization.

"Day X" is a reaction to the conviction of student Lina E. and three co-defendants for assaults on alleged or actual neo-Nazis. The police are preparing for a large-scale operation in Leipzig.

LKA expects »resonance crimes«

For a long time, nationwide protests have been announced for the Saturday after the verdict for the so-called Day X. In Leipzig alone, the police expected the number of participants to be in the four-digit range and feared the arrival of violent leftists in three-digit numbers.

The police take seriously threats on the Internet, according to which every year imprisonment against Lina E. and three men also sentenced to prison with a property damage of one million euros is to be avenged. The State Criminal Police Office of Saxony also expects "resonance crimes" as a result of the verdict.

The 28-year-old student Lina E. was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by the Higher Regional Court of Dresden on Wednesday for left-wing acts of violence. However, the court suspended the arrest warrant under certain conditions, so that Lina E. was released. She does not have to serve the remaining sentence until the verdict is final.