Pegida Leader Escapes Jail but Is Fined for 'Inciting Hatred' Against Refugees
Lutz Bachmann, 43, went on trial in April in the German city of Dresden. He was ordered to pay a fine of $11,000 but escaped prison for insulting refugees and immigrants in a social media post
Hate Speech Trial of Far-Right Pegida Party Founder Begins in Germany
Lutz Bachmann called refugees "cattle" and "filth" but denies being a racist. His Pegida party has gained rapidly in popularity since its founding in 2014, as the migrant crisis divides Europe.
Founder of German Islamophobic Group Pegida to Stand Trial for Hate Speech
Lutz Bachmann was accused of disrupting public order after he called refugees in Europe "cattle" and "scum" on Facebook. A Dresden court said on Tuesday that his words constituted an "attack on [the refugees'] dignity."