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German far-right MP Frank Magnitz badly hurt in Bremen attack
German far-right politician Frank Magnitz has been beaten up and severely injured in an attack seen by police as politically motivated.

The leader of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Bremen was attacked by at least three masked men in the centre of the northern city on Monday.

The attackers knocked him unconscious with a piece of wood and kicked him in the head, AfD officials said.

by das monde on Tue Jan 8th, 2019 at 02:17:19 PM EST
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Police investigation casts doubts on AfD's version of events ...

Doubt cast over details of attack on AfD lawmaker Magnitz | DW |

Frank Passade, a spokesman with the Bremen prosecutor's office, said the video shows that Magnitz was attacked by three people, but he added that it looks likely that most of Magnitz's injuries were sustained as he hit the ground.

Magnitz checked himself out of the hospital on Wednesday and is recovering well, according to fellow Bremen AfD member Thomas Jürgewitz.

On Tuesday, the lawmaker spent most of the day talking to the press, inviting journalists to his sick bed to see the wounds on his face, covered with thick layers of gauze, and drawing their attention to the wheelchair he was using in hospital.


Magnitz's AfD colleagues have used the incident as a call to action, blaming the far-left Antifa group, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), and "left-wing terrorists," for the parliamentarian's wounds.

CCTV may contradict Magnitz

On Wednesday, however, prosecutors in Bremen questioned whether Magnitz was assaulted in exactly the manner he described. A spokesman told German news agency DPA that CCTV footage of the attack showed Magnitz being elbowed once, then falling over as his attackers ran away.

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German police cast doubt on details of attack on rightwing politician | The Guardian |

German police and prosecutors have questioned some of the claims made by a rightwing populist politician who suffered an attack that left him with serious head injuries.

Police say video footage casts doubt on assertions by Frank Magnitz that he was beaten with a wooden instrument by attackers who only stopped assaulting him when two passersby intervened.

Magnitz, 66, the head of Alternative für Deutschland in the city state of Bremen, was hospitalised on Monday evening after being attacked by strangers.


Jörg Meuthen, the party's federal chairman, posted a photograph on Twitter on Tuesday, showing the MP, apparently unconscious, with a deep gash to his head and a bruised face, and calling the attack an "assassination attempt".

Magnitz gave several interviews from his hospital bed on Tuesday. He told the Berliner Morgenpost that while he "didn't want to dramatise" the attack, he believed it had been "a politically motivated assassination attempt". In a subsequent interview with the tabloid Bild, he said while it was unlikely, he would not rule out that he might also have been the victim of a mugging.

He said the last thing he could recall was passing a handyman's van, after which "everything went dark". He came round, he said, when someone shook his arm, and asked if he still had his mobile phone and his wallet.

Magnitz said he suspected his attackers might have been participants at a nearby memorial demonstration for an asylum seeker who was killed in police custody in Bremen 14 years ago.

He told the Morgenpost he assumed someone from the demonstration recognised him and decided to follow him.

A spokeswoman for the event's organisers, the "Initiative to remember Laye-Alama Condé", accused Magnitz of speculation and of "purposefully wanting to discredit the subject matter of our event".

Magnitz hält Kundgebungsteilnehmer für Täter | Frakfurter Allgemeiner |

Mobiler Denkort erinnert an Laye Condé
Widerstand gegen Denkmal für Laye-Alama Condé | Der Spiegel - Jan. 19, 2015 |

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A so-called 'attack' on a far-right German politician has been thrown into doubt

by Oui on Thu Jan 10th, 2019 at 03:50:26 AM EST
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    Die AfD spricht von "Linksterror"

    In der Erklärung ist von einem "Attentat" die Rede, von einem "mörderischen Akt", begangen von vermummten "Terroristen". Dahinter stecke die Bremer Antifa, die auch von Linken, SPD und Grünen unterstützt werde. Mit einem Kantholz hätten die Angreifer Magnitz bewusstlos geschlagen. "Sie traten weiter gegen seinen Kopf, als er bereits am Boden lag." Parteichef Alexander Gauland sagt in Berlin, die Tat sei das "Ergebnis der andauernden Hetze von Politikern und Medien" gegen die AfD. Co-Parteichef Jörg Meuthen spricht in einem Video-Statement von "Linksterror".

Bremen police release video of attack on AfD lawmaker Frank Magnitz | DW |

The Bremen public prosecutor's office and police on Friday released video of an attack on Bremen AfD Chairman Frank Magnitz that could shed light on details of the assault.

The court order required for the release of the video was issued Thursday by the Bremen local court, police said in a statement. The CCTV footage released by police showed Magnitz being elbowed once and then falling over as the attackers fled.

New far-right German party adopts former secret Nazi symbol

by Oui on Fri Jan 11th, 2019 at 07:45:28 PM EST
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