German far-right politician Frank Magnitz, 66, the leader of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Bremen, was attacked Monday by at least three masked men.
The attackers knocked him unconscious with a piece of wood and kicked him in the head when he walked to a central car park after a new year reception in Bremen's Kunsthalle art museum. A passerby intervened, causing the attackers to flee, according to the police. Two police officers have been stationed outside Magnitz’s hospital room for his protection. Speaking from hospital on Tuesday, Mr Magnitz said he had little memory of what happened. He had a big gash on his forehead and severe bruising around his right eye. Mr Magnitz can expect to spend a long time in hospital.
SPD leader Andrea Nahles said that AfD was a "political opponent" in the country. It has anti-immigration platform. Alice Weidel, the party’s leader in the German parliament, blamed the media and politicians from the traditional parties for stoking hatred towards the AfD “on a daily basis”. Police are looking for three people suspected of having carried out the attack and have appealed for witnesses. Last week an AfD office in the eastern town of Döbeln was damaged by an explosion.