German prosecutors say they've filed incitement charges against the former leader of PEGIDA for his Facebook posts calling refugees and other asylum-seekers "cattle" and "trash."

Dresden prosecutors said in a statement Friday that with the posts, Lutz Bachmann, who co-founded the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, was trying to incite Germans against refugees.

Bachmann stepped down after the posts and a photo surfaced of him posing to look like Adolf Hitler. He apologized, calling the Facebook postings "ill-considered comments."

Since his departure and other turmoil at the top, PEGIDA's regular demonstrations in Dresden have drawn far fewer supporters than at its peak in January, when 25,000 people took part in a march.