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Local leader of German far-right party attacked, wounded

Local leader of German far-right party attacked, wounded

"We wish Frank Magnitz a speedy and full recovery and hope that those responsible for this cowardly and unjustifiable attack will be caught as quickly as possible and punished accordingly", AfD said in a statement on Facebook.

German far-right politician Frank Magnitz has been beaten up and severely injured in an attack seen by police as politically motivated.

"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.

A graphic image of the 66-year-old lying unconscious in a hospital bed was released by the party.

The leader of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Bremen was attacked by at least three masked men in the centre of the northern city on Monday.

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 leader, Jörg Meuthen, said Magnitz was "beaten nearly to death".




Last week, an explosion outside one of its offices in the eastern town of Doebeln damaged windows and doors.

Picture taken on October 5, 2017 shows Frank Magnitz, politician of the anti-immigration populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), posing at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who has been a strong critic of AfD, tweeted: "Violence must never be a means of political confrontation - no matter against whom or what the motives are".

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

While they have won fans in some quarters and are projected to make gains in European elections in May as well as three regional polls in Germany's former communist east this year, they have also sparked furore and become a target of attack. According to the statement, the attack took place immediately after Magnitz left the New Year's reception near Bremen's Goetheplatz.

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

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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