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Anti-Islamisation group in Leipzig fails to attract support

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Anti-Islamisation group in Leipzig fails to attract support

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An offshoot of the Dresden based anti-Islamisation Pegida group has failed in its attempt to attract mass support in the German city of Leipzig.

LEGIDA, as it is known, held a demonstration on Friday evening and according to the city authorities 1,600 followers took to the streets.

Organisers expected some 15,000.

The LEGIDA call to gather in force was countered by nine separate demonstrations against the group with the largest numbering 5,000.

The PEGIDA Monday marches in Dresden have also seen a sharp drop in attendance.

A number of PEGIDA leaders have resigned in recent days, including founder Lutz Bachmann who resigned after a picture of him looking like Adolf Hitler came to light.