Friday, 18 January, 2019

German AfD MP brutally beaten in ‘politically-motivated attempted assassination’

Weidel and Gauland German AfD MP brutally beaten in ‘politically-motivated attempted assassination’ (GRAPHIC)
Melinda Barton | 10 January, 2019, 17:37

The AfD published a picture of Magnitz unconscious on a hospital bed, his face bleeding and swollen with a gash on his forehead.

AfD views the country's established political parties with contempt.

Police said the 66-year-old Magnitz was beaten over the head with an unidentified object by at least three men in dark clothing and hoods or hats, who then fled.

Frank Magnitz, leader in Bremen of the anti-immigration populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), was badly injured in the assault in the city centre on Monday afternoon. 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.

AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland said the attack was a "cowardly bloody deed", while Alice Weidel-the party leader in the German parliament-blamed the media and opposition politicians for stoking hatred of the AfD "on a daily basis", The Guardian reported.

The AfD say they keep track of attacks against their officers, members, and their homes, and gave statistics to Breitbart London which showed that attacks have risen from only four in 2014 to well over 600 in 2017.

He added on Twitter: "Hopefully the police will succeed in catching the perpetrators quickly". "Whoever carries out such a crime has to be punished accordingly".

Bremen, Germany's smallest state, has a regional election on May 26, the same day as the European Parliament elections in which AfD hopes to make gains.

Last week an AfD office in the eastern town of Döbeln was damaged in an explosion. Three suspects were detained.

Mr Magnitz, 66, had just left a new year reception in Bremen's Kunsthalle art museum when he was attacked in the city's Goetheplatz as he walked to a central auto park.

AfD entered the national parliament (Bundestag) for the first time past year with 94 seats and now has representatives in every German state parliament.

Since mid-December, German police have recorded eight attacks against AfD offices.

Frank Magnitz was brutally beaten, his party said.

Johannes Kahrs, an MP from the Social Democrats, junior partners in the ruling coalition, said "violence is never acceptable" and "extremism in any form is rubbish".

"There is no justification for violence even against the AfD", Greens lawmaker Cem Ozdemir wrote on Twitter.