Germany: local leader of far-right party attacked, wounded

German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in ‘Assassination’ Attempt		Facebook  AfD Bremen8 Jan 2019

German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in ‘Assassination’ Attempt Facebook AfD Bremen8 Jan 2019

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.

Frank Magnitz, the leader of the anti-immigration populist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Bremen, was assaulted in the city centre on Monday afternoon.

Armed with wooden sticks, the three men beat the politician repeatedly on the head and kicked him while he was already on the ground until a construction worker saw the assault and tried to intervene.

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

"Today is a black day for democracy in Germany".

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AfD leader Joerg Meuthen tweeted that Magnitz was "beaten nearly to death" in a "cowardly and sickening" attack. He wished Magnitz a quick recovery. "I hope the perpetrators will soon be investigated & sentenced", said Germany's Green party MP, Cem Özdemir, adding that there is no justification for violence "even against the AfD".

'Those who fight hate with hate only allow hate to win in the end, ' said the politician of Turkish origin.

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

And last weekend in Lower Saxony, the home of a local AfD politician was targeted with graffiti and a party office was attacked with a paint bomb.

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

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