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

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

A member of Germany's parliament from the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) suffered serious injuries after he was attacked by three people in the northern city of Bremen Monday in what the party described as an "assassination attempt".

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.

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 vehicle park.

"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 Adolf Hitler's Nazi party.

The party is expected to make gains in European elections in May and three regional polls in the former communist east later this year.

As police continue their hunt for the attackers, German politicians have begun condemning the brutality of the incident.

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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.

"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". Whoever fights hatred with hatred let hatred to win in the end.

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. It entered the national parliament in 2017 and is the biggest opposition party there.

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

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

Germany has seen other attacks on politicians in recent years. The mayor was known for voluntarily taking in more asylum-seekers than the small town was obliged to do so by authorities.

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