BREMEN, GERMANY (JANUARY 8, 2019) (AFD WEBSITE) –
Assailants wielding wooden bars beat unconscious a lawmaker for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the northern city of Bremen in what officials on Tuesday (January 8) described as a politically-motivated attack.
The AfD blamed anti-fascist activists for Monday’s assault, calling it an assassination attempt against Frank Magnitz.
It posted a picture on Twitter supposedly showing Magnitz on a stretcher with a deep wound to his forehead and a bruised left eye following the attack carried out by three individuals.
Politicians from across the political spectrum condemned the attack and urged police to bring those behind it to justice.
AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland told reporters in Berlin that Magnitz had been told by doctors that he would fully recover.
Police in the eastern state of Saxony said last week after an explosion targeted against an AfD office in Doebeln that there has been a rise in attacks against the party, and that most incidents were acts of vandalism.