German far-right politician brutally beaten in 'assassination attempt,' party says

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

The beating of Frank Magnitz, a lawmaker in the national parliament who leads the party's branch in Bremen, drew condemnation from across the political spectrum.

The party released a photo of Mr Magnitz showing a wide, gash in his head and swelling and bruising around his right eye. It said three people with their faces covered had carried out the attack. Authorities have said they have little doubt the assault was politically motivated. He was beaten to the ground and knocked unconscious with a wooden implement.

German politicians from rival political parties have reacted with shock and condemned the attack.

Germany has seen other attacks on politicians in recent years.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, a center-left politician who has been a strong critic of AfD, tweeted that "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".

Cem Ozdemir of the opposition Greens party said he hoped those responsible could be "found and convicted soon" and, even against a far-right party, "nothing justifies violence".

The AfD entered Germany's parliament with nearly 13 per cent of the vote in September 2017, making it the strongest opposition party in the Bundestag lower house.

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. Elsewhere, party offices have been targeted by vandals in the eastern state of Saxony, Deutsche Welle noted.

AfD is represented in all of Germany's 16 state parliaments. 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. "In my world, being cosmopolitan does not preclude a love of one's homeland and patriotism", he wrote in September, according to The Guardian.

German AfD MP brutally beaten in "politically-motivated attempted assassination" (GRAPHIC) The Bremen chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Frank Magnitz, is battling for his life after sustaining a gaping wound to his head following an attack by three unknown assailants.

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