Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Alternative for Germany politician in hospital after 'politically motivated' attack

Alternative for Germany politician in hospital after 'politically motivated' attack

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.

With their anti-immigration rhetoric and their challenge of post-World War II Germany's culture of atonement, the party's leaders and MPs have been overturning one taboo after another in the country's political arena. Considering Magnitz's position, the police have stated that they assume, the crime was "politically motivated", the German media report.

Police are searching for men, who knocked down and beat the leader of Bremen's branch of the conservative Alternative for Germany, lawmaker Frank Magnitz, following a recent string of attacks against his party in the Eastern state of Saxony, including a blast outside their office in Doebeln last week.

"This is the result of the ostracism and agitation AfD faces", he said, suggesting other German political parties were partly responsible for the attack because they had compared the AfD to Adolf Hitler's Nazi party.

It said three masked men had carried out the attack.

"Hopefully the police will succeed in catching the perpetrators quickly", he wrote.

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"Violence should never be a means for political disputes - totally regardless against whom or what the motives for it are".

The assault against the AfD lawmaker came hot on the heels of a series of attack on the party offices in Saxony and less than a week after an explosion in front of its seat in Dobeln there.

Bremen, Germany's smallest state, holds a regional election on May 26, the same day as the European Parliament elections in which AfD hopes to make gains. Three suspects were detained. According to the statement, the attack took place immediately after Magnitz left the New Year's reception near Bremen's Goetheplatz.

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.

Frank Magnitz was brutally beaten, his party said.

Green Party politician Cem Özdemir tweeted, "Even towards the AfD there is no justification for violence", He added, "Whoever fights hatred with hatred ultimately allows hatred to win".

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