German far-right Pegida leader banned from UK

London, The founder of the racist German far-right movement ‘Patriotic Europeans against Islamization of the West’ known as Pegida, has been banned from entering the United Kingdom, local media reported Sunday.

Lutz Bachmann, who has led many anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant marches attracting tens of thousands of people in Germany, arrived in the UK Saturday night and was refused entry at London Stansted Airport.

Bachmann was subsequently detained and removed from the UK Sunday morning.

Speaking to The Independent, a spokesperson for the Home Office said Bachmann was refused entry because his presence in the UK was not in the public interest.

Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good,” the spokesperson reportedly said.

Bachmann was expected to speak alongside Tommy Robinson, the former head of another far-right movement, the English Defence League, and founder of the UK branch of Pegida in London.

The 45-year-old founded Pegida in October 2014 as a response to the German government resettling refugees in the country. The anti-Islam and anti-Immigrant group has been accused of fermenting violence and Islamophobic attacks.

Other far-right figures have attempted to enter the UK but failed.

Lauren Southern, a Canadian far-right activist, was detained by the Border Force in Calais on Monday and barred from entering the UK, she was informed that she is officially banned from the UK for her racism.

Austrian far-right activist Martin Sellner and his American girlfriend Brittany Pettibone were also refused entry upon arriving at Luton Airport on Friday.

Source: International Islamic News Agency