German lawmaker Frank Magnitz beaten unconscious

According to police statements, the incident is a "politically motivated attack"

Photo: EPA Frank Magnitz, leader of AfD’s chapter in Bremen

Frank Magnitz, an MP and Chairman of the anti-immigration far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD), was assaulted in Bremen, northwest Germany, on Monday afternoon. The AfD party published a graphic photo of Magnitz unconscious on a hospital bed, his face bleeding and swollen with a gash on his forehead, claiming that three men had attacked the politician in the street and left him for dead. Magnitz, however, is expected to make a full recovery.

AfD as well as other politicians across the political spectrum in Germany have condemned the 'cowardly' attack, including critics of the AfD.

“There’s zero tolerance for violence, whoever is affected and wherever the violence comes from,” German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told AP. “We need to do everything to find the culprits and hold them to account.

Left-leaning Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also tweeted on the matter, "Violence must never be a means of political confrontation — no matter against whom or what the motives are. There is no justification for this."

Authorities are investigating the motivation behind the attack and say they have not ruled out the possibility that it was politically motivated since it follows an explosion on Thursday in front of a local AfD office in Döbeln, in the eastern state of Saxony. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was caused by an illegal firecracker, which are widely used in New Year’s Eve celebrations in Germany, or by something more sinister. Nevertheless, the police arrested three people. 

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