German politician beaten almost to death

Frank Magnitz, AfD party

My heart breaks for Europe. How did it come to this? I wonder where it will all end, and hate to admit that, having seen it all end in two world wars last century, there is a strong chance that a third war is on its way. It would only take one incident, just like the Sarajevo shooting in 1914, to set off the tinderbox that is Europe. This may happen sooner rather than later. quote.

A far-right German MP has been seriously injured in a ‘politically motivated’ gang attack in the north of the country.
Frank Magnitz, who leads the Bremen-branch of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), was assaulted in the city centre on Monday afternoon.
The AfD party published a photo of Magnitz lying injured on a hospital bed, claiming three masked men had hit the politician ‘with a piece of wood’ and fled the scene. 
Party leader Joerg Meuthen said the 66-year-old was ‘beaten almost to death’ in a ‘cowardly and sickening’ attack. 

The assault on Magnitz drew condemnation from across the German political spectrum, including from Chancellor Angela Merkel. end quote.

I’m glad to hear that, but it should never have happened in the first place. AfD is an anti-immigration party which, after 2015’s influx of over 1 million migrants from the Middle East, is gaining support. That is hardly surprising. What is both surprising and sickening is that this attack was politically motivated. Fascism is alive and well in Germany, it would seem. quote.

Magnitz was beaten over the head with a not officially identified object, by at least three men wearing dark clothing and hoods or hats, who then fled, police said.

‘They hit him with a piece of wood until he was unconscious and then kicked him on the ground,’ AfD said in a statement, adding that ‘today is a dark day for democracy in Germany.’ 
The party said Magnitz was ambushed after he left a Bremen newspaper’s new year’s reception.
‘It was clearly an attempt to murder Mr. Magnitz,’ AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland told reporters in Berlin. end quote.

Dark days indeed. No one should be attacked and almost killed because of their political beliefs. (NZ Green Party spokeswoman) Golriz Gharahman denounced the murder of Jo Cox in Britain because Jo Cox was anti-Brexit, so where is she on this one?

Nowhere, of course. quote.

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

Daily Mail UK

Magnitz is associated with the extreme right of the party, including its firebrand leader in the eastern state of Thuringia, Bjoern Hoecke.
Magnitz told the dpa news agency he had been told he would need to remain hospitalized until the weekend and had little memory of the attack.
He added that while he had received threats, he hadn’t considered any of them concrete. end quote.

There is a big difference between AfD and the Nazis. AfD is anti-immigration, not trying to create a pure Aryan race. AfD has not burned books, has not taken control of the media and has not set up any concentration camps. Nor does it string opponents up with piano wire. However, AfD is gaining support in Germany, as more people, fearful of the consequences of their open door policy, now support it. The party is now represented in all 16 German state parliaments, and is the largest opposition party in the country.

This is what happens when you put the welfare of your own people at risk. Angela Merkel has a lot to answer for. As we have seen from the last two world wars, the Germans don’t take things lying down. The situation in Europe is starting to boil over now. I wonder how much longer the world media can continue to pretend it is not happening?

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