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Far-right German politician severely beaten in Bremen, suffers head wound

Frank Magnitz was brutally beaten his party said Frank Magnitz was brutally beaten his party said
Kenny Thornton | 10 January, 2019, 17:36

AfD spokesman Jörg Meuthen tweeted a gruesome photograph of an unconscious Magnitz with a large, bloody gash on his forehead and a severely swollen right eye.

It said three masked men had carried out the attack. He said he had little memory of the attack.

The incident is the eighth in a string of attacks against offices and politicians affiliated with AfD, a right-wing party in Germany that is gaining momentum with its anti-immigration platform, according to Germany's The Local. AfD as well as opposition politicians have slammed the "cowardly" attack on New Year's Eve. He was beaten to the ground and knocked unconscious with a wooden implement.

AfD's party leaders Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel called Magnitz's assault a "result of the incitement to hatred by politicians and media against us".

Police have been stationed outside Magnitz's hospital room to protect him against further attacks and to interview him as soon as he is able to speak with officers, The Guardian explained.

Authorities appealed for witnesses to the attack, saying they're investigating whether Magnitz was attacked because of his political work, but haven't ruled out other possibilities.

Magnitz was beaten in an
Magnitz was beaten in an"assassination attempt" according to his party

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who has been a strong critic of AfD, tweeted: 'Violence must never be a means of political confrontation - no matter against whom or what the motives are.

"Anyone who carries out such a crime must be punished".

AfD took 10 per cent of the vote in Bremen in the 2017 national election, below its nationwide result of 12.6 per cent. Bremen is not considered a stronghold of the six-year-old party, unlike three states in Germany's ex-communist east that hold regional votes in September and October.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote to Magnitz to express his "consternation" over the attack.

An explosive device detonated in a bin and damaged an AfD office in Saxon, last week. Elsewhere, party offices have been targeted by vandals in the eastern state of Saxony, Deutsche Welle noted.

"Today is a black day for democracy in Germany", the AfD said, noting that Magnitz remains in serious condition. He has said he formerly supported the party of the current Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Christian Democratic Union, but he changed allegiances over her immigration policy.

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