In a now deleted post on a popular far-left website, an Antifa group has claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on AfD MP Frank Magnitz, saying that they wanted to “free him” from his “fascist” ideas.
#Breaking: Just in – German #AfD-politician Frank Magnitz (member of the German parliament) was badly injured in the German town #Bremen in #Germany, probably by three persons of the Antifa. Evidently a man (passer by) saved his life today at night. WARNING GRAPHIC PICTURE. pic.twitter.com/kNHCjo6tyk
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 8, 2019
In a post on Indymedia, a group called “Anti-Fascist Spring Bremen” asserted that they were responsible for Monday’s near-deadly attack in which a group of individuals knocked Magnitz down and began brutally kicking his head.
“The Anti-Fascist Spring Bremen announces that we wanted to free AfD politician F. Magnitz from his fascist ideas on Monday around 6 pm local time. Magnitz, who maintains good contacts to the far-right and fascist scene and often makes racist utterances, may not make a foothold in Bremen or elsewhere and must be silenced like any other Nazi. We do not tolerate Nazi scum in our area! The Anti-Fascist Spring is comung! Get ready!” the post, signed “Anti-Fascist Spring Bremen,” read.
It is unclear why the post was deleted — and due to the anonymous nature of the post and Antifa it is impossible to verify the authenticity. However, the Antifa group was posting calls for violence on their Facebook page less than a week before the attack.
Here's the kind of stuff Bremen Antifa were posting on their Facebook page less than a week before the attack. 6/ pic.twitter.com/PewRd7OkfK
— Chris Tomlinson (@TomlinsonCJ) January 9, 2019
The assault took place only three days after the AfD headquarters was bombed.
#Breaking: A Massive Explosion in #Germany’s at an political #AfD office prompts suspicion of politically motivated attack! The attack happened Yesterday night! but details now coming out. pic.twitter.com/4fCG1t40kn
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 4, 2019
Three people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack, but their identities have not yet been made public.
The AfD has noted that violent attacks on their party have been increasing significantly:
2014: 4 criminal attacks
2015: 76 criminal attacks
2016: 464 criminal attacks
2017: 669 criminal attacks
Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, AfD MP Petr Bystron explained that members of his party currently live in fear in Germany due to the escalating violence and the complicity of the media.
“While the German mainstream media and politicians have already overcome their initial shock and started to blame the victim, saying the AfD exaggerated the attack, their Antifa friends are stating very clearly their intent to shut down democratic opposition by violent means,” Bystron said.