The Bremen chairman of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, increasingly popular for its hardline position on Muslim migration, Frank Magnitz, is battling for his life after sustaining a gaping wound to his head following an attack by three unknown (ANTIFA-like) assailants.
RT (h/t DanielS) The Alternative for Germany became a major political force in Germany in 2017, when the party won 12.6 percent of the vote in federal elections, mainly for its platform aimed at stopping migration from Muslim countries, entering the Bundestag for the first time with 94 seats.
Magnitz was rushed to the hospital on Monday night after suffering a serious head injury following a “politically-motivated attempted assassination,” Bremen AfD said in a statement, posting a graphic image of the injured chairman.
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. According to the statement, the attack took place immediately after Magnitz left the New Year’s reception near Bremen’s Goetheplatz.
“Today is a black day for democracy in Germany,” the AfD said, noting that Magnitz remains in serious condition. “He was beaten half dead,” AfD national spokesman Jörg Meuthen wrote on Twitter, calling the assault a “cowardly and disgusting plot.”
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.
Alice Weidel of AfD blames the media for all the anti-AfD incitement, falsely labeling them “neo-Nazis,” against a democratically-elected party.