Three Masked Men Ambush Right-Wing German Lawmaker, Severely Beat Him
Three Masked Men Ambush Right-Wing German Lawmaker, Severely Beat Him
Frank Magnitz of the AfD was seriously injured in what police suspect was a"politically motivated attack
Michael Kappeler DPA
10 January, 2019, 17:33
Frank Magnitz was severely injured in the attack. He was left unconscious after being ambushed by his assailants on Monday evening, the BBC reported.
AfD distributed a photo of Magnitz lying on a hospital gurney, showing a bloody, gaping wound on his head and his right eye bruised and swollen.
"This is the result of the ostracism and agitation AfD faces", he said, suggesting other parties were partly responsible for the attack because they had compared AfD to the Nazis. He said he had little memory of the attack.
Just last week, the party's Doebeln office in the eastern state of Saxony was targeted by an explosion, which the AfD leadership denounced as an attack on democracy. He was beaten to the ground and knocked unconscious with a wooden implement. It views the country's established political parties with contempt, and the feeling is mutual.
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.
The government and politicians across the spectrum condemned the attack.
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. "Whoever carries out such a crime has to be punished accordingly".
"Even towards the AfD there is no justification for violence", added Green party representative Cem Özdemir.
AfD won 94 seats in Germany's parliament in the September 2017 federal elections, making them the third-largest party in the Bundestag behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union-Christian Social Union Coalition and the center-left Social Democrats.
Last week, an explosive device detonated in a rubbish bin damaged an AfD office in Saxony.
Mr Magnitz, who sits in the German parliament and acts as state chairman of the of the Bremen branch of the AfD, was set upon by several unknown individuals after leaving the theatre at the Goetheplatz according to a post which was shared on the AfD Bremen Facebook page.
"In the coming days, we will closely monitor the reactions of other parties", said the statement, adding: "Today is a black day for democracy in Germany".
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