As Egri Nök reported last night, Frank Magnitz, the chairman of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) in Bremen, was viciously attacked by masked men on the street in Bremen. He sustained severe head injuries, and is in intensive care.
Below are three videos about the incident. Many thanks to Miss Piggy for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.
Video 1 is a brief news report:
Video 2, a longer news report:
Video 3 is a statement by Alice Weidel, the party leader for AfD in the Bundestag (WARNING: a graphic photo of Mr. Magnitz’s injuries is included in this footage):
Video transcript #1:
|German State Security Investigation — The AfD Regional Chairman of Bremen Assaulted
|The German parliament member and AfD regional chairman of Bremen, Frank Magnitz, was
|assaulted and injured by unknown assailants.
|He was attacked yesterday in the Hanseatic city by several people.
|According to his party, Mr. Magnitz was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.
|According to the police, it appears to be a politically motivated act.
|The German State Security and Federal Prosecutor are investigating.
Video transcript #2:
|Another attack on the AfD. This time a party member has been critically injured.
|The AfD regional chairman of Bremen and German parliament member, Frank Magnitz,
|was assaulted by multiple assailants. The politician was brutally attacked by
|several men near the theatre on Goetheplatz Square, downtown Bremen.
|The AfD in Bremen wrote on their website: “With a squared timber, they knocked him
|unconscious and continued to kick his head,” and posted a picture.
|AfD Chairman Jörg Meuthen in an appalled reaction wrote: “At the moment, I’m so
|shaken that I am unable to comment further.”
|Reactions of bewilderment also came from AfD’s political opponents.
|Cem Özdemir, appalled by the attack, tweeted the following: “I hope the perpetrators will soon
|be discovered & sentenced. Even against the AfD there is no justification for violence. Those
|who fight hatred with hatred allow hate to win in the end. #Nazis Out, but with the methods of our
|constitutional state!” —Just last week in the Saxon town of Döbeln there was an attack on an
|office from the AfD. In that incident sizeable quantities of fireworks were used.
|The owner of the snack bar across the street was an eyewitness.
|I have never seen anything like it, and I’ve seen a lot. Bombs going off and all, but yesterday
|there was such a fire, I thought the entire house would collapse. It was so loud! Really loud!
|The neighboring building was also damaged as a result of the explosion. No one was injured.
|The intent of injuring many people through the considerable explosive force was deliberate.
|The police consider both cases to be politically motivated.
|There are elections coming up this year, both in Bremen and in Saxony.
Video transcript #3:
|Our parliamentary party member Frank Magnitz has become a target of an assassination attempt.
|Several unknown assailants attacked him with a squared timber until
|he fell to the ground unconscious. On the ground they continued to kick him in the head.
|We have only the courageous help of a construction worker to thank
|for Frank Magnitz’s still being alive, in my opinion. I am absolutely shocked by this disgusting act.
|I can only state that the manhunt of the AfD and the incitement through the media
|against a democratically elected party have produced fruit. This despicable act must be
|absolutely condemned. This kind of violence has achieved a new level and quality.
|Yesterday it was an explosion at our offices in Döbeln. Today our parliamentary party member
|is brutally assaulted. The first reactions came from The Green Party. Cem Özdemir actually…
|actually I am absolutely stunned what some people come up with. He writes that Nazis
|have to be fought democratically, but not this way. It is so stunning, the amount of
|stupidity and depravity that is rampant within our parties.
|I can only hope that all of this incitement will be brought to a halt.