Dresden authorities have banned a protest in the eastern city over fears that a snowball fight could break out.

The decision was issued by Dresden's town hall on Friday, after a man named as Benjamin H. applied for permission to hold a rally on Monday evening, according to a report in Tagesspiegel.

The rally was planned to protest a protest by the anti-Islam Pegida movement taking place on the same evening.

But Benjamin H., who has previously organized multiple protests against Pegida - which was founded in Dresden - and the far-right AfD party, was surprised by the reason given by authorities in their response.

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