Chairman of Germany's anti-migrant AfD party is ‘beaten nearly to death’ after he is attacked in ‘politically motivated’ 'assassination attempt'
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Far-right German politician Frank Magnitz attacked in the street
Magnitz is MP and chairman for anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD)
The party claims the assault on Magnitz was an assassination attempt
PUBLISHED: 08:29 GMT, 8 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:45 GMT, 8 January 2019
A far-right German MP has been seriously injured in a 'politically motivated' gang attack in the north of the country.
Frank Magnitz, leader in Bremen of the anti-immigration populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), was assaulted in the city centre on Monday afternoon.
The AfD party published a photo of Magnitz lying injured on a hospital bed, claiming three masked men had carried out the attack.
In a post on Indymedia, a group called “Anti-Fascist Spring Bremen” asserted that they were responsible for Monday’s near-deadly attack in which a group of individuals knocked Magnitz down and began brutally kicking his head.
“The Anti-Fascist Spring Bremen announces that we wanted to free AfD politician F. Magnitz from his fascist ideas on Monday around 6 pm local time. Magnitz, who maintains good contacts to the far-right and fascist scene and often makes racist utterances, may not make a foothold in Bremen or elsewhere and must be silenced like any other Nazi. We do not tolerate Nazi scum in our area! The Anti-Fascist Spring is comung! Get ready!” the post, signed “Anti-Fascist Spring Bremen,” read.
It is unclear why the post was deleted — and due to the anonymous nature of the post and Antifa it is impossible to verify the authenticity. However, the Antifa group was posting calls for violence on their Facebook page less than a week before the attack.
The assault took place only three days after the AfD headquarters was bombed.
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