A Belgian mayor on Thursday banned Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders and Belgian anti-immigrant politician Filip Dewinter from holding a rally in Molenbeek, a Muslim-majority Brussels neighborhood that has been linked to extremism.

Mayor Francoise Schepmans said the two men had described their planned visit on Friday to Molenbeek as an "Islam Safari" in the "Jihadi capital of Europe."

She said the rally, planned for just after Friday's Muslim prayers, cannot take place "to avoid any predictable threat to order and public peace."

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