German lawmaker Frank Magnitz beaten unconscious

Clay Curtis
January 9, 2019

At least three masked men severely beat a local leader of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Monday evening in the northern city of Bremen in what police are calling a "politically motivated act".

The party released a photo of Mr Magnitz showing a wide, gash in his head and swelling and bruising around his right eye. - Magnitz, AfD leader in Bremen, northwestern Germany, was seriously injured in a "politically motivated" gang attack, police said on January 8, 2019.

"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.

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

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

He added on Twitter: "Hopefully the police will succeed in catching the perpetrators quickly".

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Ms Alqunun said she had been abused by her family and would be killed if she returned home. She said access to twitter had "changed the game" in what was wished for her.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said there was "absolutely no justification" for the use of violence despite political differences.

An explosive device detonated in a bin and damaged an AfD office in Saxon, last week. "Anyone who fights hatred with hatred always lets hatred win in the end", he tweeted.

With their anti-immigration rhetoric and their challenge of post-World War II Germany's culture of atonement, the party's leaders and MPs have been overturning one taboo after another in the country's political arena.

AfD won 94 seats in Germany's parliament in the September 2017 federal elections, making them the third-largest party in the Bundestag behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union-Christian Social Union Coalition and the center-left Social Democrats.

In 2015, a far-right extremist stabbed in the neck a leading mayoral candidate for Cologne, who at the time was in charge of housing refugees. Henriette Reker, who was in charge of housing refugees when she was stabbed, was elected mayor the following day while still in an induced coma and took office about a month later. 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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