Masked Thugs Beat Up AfD Lawmaker in Suspected Politically-Motivated Attack

Masked Thugs Beat Up AfD Lawmaker in Suspected Politically-Motivated Attack

Magnitz was rushed to the hospital on Monday night after suffering a serious head injury following a "politically-motivated attempted assassination", Bremen AfD in a statement, posting a graphic image of the injured chairman.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, wrote on Twitter that "the brutal attack on lawmaker Frank Magnitz in Bremen must be strongly condemned".

Magnitz was beaten over the head with an unidentified object by at least three men wearing dark clothing and hoods or hats, who then fled, police said. He said he had little memory of the attack.

"This is the result of the ostracism and agitation AfD faces", he said, suggesting other German political parties were partly responsible for the attack because they had compared the AfD to Adolf Hitler's Nazi party.

Mr Magnitz, 66, had just left a new year reception in Bremen's Kunsthalle art museum when he was attacked in the city's Goetheplatz as he walked to a central vehicle park. He was beaten to the ground and knocked unconscious with a wooden implement.

Authorities have yet to determine the motives behind the attack, but with its growing popularity, the opposition AfD party has become a target of increasing criticism and attacks over its anti-immigration and other ultraconservative policies.

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Police have been stationed outside Magnitz's hospital room to protect him against further attacks and to interview him as soon as he is able to speak with officers, The Guardian explained.

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

'There is no justification for this, ' he said, calling for those responsible to be punished.

The AfD entered Germany's parliament last September with nearly 13% of the vote. The far-right, anti-immigration party has been branded racist and neo-Nazi by its critics, though supporters say they are patriots standing up for traditional German values.

Last week an AfD office in the eastern town of Döbeln was damaged by an explosion. Elsewhere, party offices have been targeted by vandals in the eastern state of Saxony, Deutsche Welle noted.

Magnitz, who is a member of the Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, regained consciousness after arriving at the hospital, but couldn't recall any details about the attack.

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