A far-right German MP has been beaten up in what is believed to be a politically motivated assault that follows attacks on his party's offices. He was taken to a local hospital soon after the attack with the AfD claiming that the police were investigating the matter as an act of politically-motivated violence.
Jörg Meuthen, the party's federal chairman, tweeted a graphic image showing Magnitz lying in the hospital with a deep gash on his head and other visible injuries to his face.
Magnitz, Alternative for Germany's (AfD) leader in Bremen and a member of Parliament, the Bundestag, was assaulted on Monday by three masked men who allegedly knocked the politician unconscious with a block of wood before kicking him in the head. They stopped when some...
As police continue their hunt for the attackers, German politicians have begun condemning the brutality of the incident.
The party is expected to make gains in European elections in May and three regional polls in the former communist east later this year.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said there was "absolutely no justification" for the use of violence despite political differences.
The AfD leader, Jörg Meuthen, said Magnitz was "beaten nearly to death".
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Last week, an AfD office in the eastern town of Döbeln was damaged by an explosive device, though no one was injured.
That was echoed by other politicians from established parties, including prominent Green party politician Cem Ozdemir, who said that AfD must be countered by legal means, not violence. "Anyone who fights hatred with hatred always lets hatred win in the end", he tweeted. It entered the national parliament in 2017 and is now the biggest opposition party there.
German politicians from rival political parties have reacted with shock and condemned the attack.
The party won 10 per cent of the vote in Bremen in the 2017 national election, below its nationwide result of 12.6 per cent.
AfD entered the national parliament (Bundestag) for the first time a year ago with 94 seats and now has representatives in every German state parliament.
In 2015, a far-right extremist stabbed in the neck a leading candidate for mayor in Cologne, who at the time was in charge of housing refugees.
In 2017, a man with a knife attacked the mayor of Altena in western Germany.