The Bremen police examined the authenticity of a short on the Internet surfaced alleged letter of confession to attack on the AFD country chief and member of parliament Frank Magnitz. A group with the name "Antifaschistischer Frühling" ("Anti-Fascist Spring"), which has not yet appeared in Bremen, has reportedly been responsible for the crime. The activists said that they wanted to free Magnitz from "his fascist ideology".
Experts consider the letter questionable. According to the German Press Agency, security circles said that there was considerable doubt about the authenticity of the message that had been posted on an open-access website.
Magnitz himself blames radical leftists for his attack. "The attack bears the hallmark of left-wing extremists," said Magnitz the world . To a robbery it is "definitely not". Contrary to police findings, Magnitz continued to speak of an "assassination attempt".
The politician had been jumped on Monday evening by one of three unknown men from behind, according to the prosecutor. He then fell and hit his head unchecked. The agency assumes that Magnitz's injuries are solely due to the fall. This contradicted a first presentation of the Bremer AfD.
The national association had stated shortly after the fact in a press release, Magnitz had been knocked unconscious with a "squared timber" and lying on the ground further tormented with kicks against the head. Accordingly, the perpetrators only stopped when an artisan intervened. This representation relativized the AfD but then again. The term "squared timber" had been called by one of the construction workers, but the man had not reappeared yet, said AFD country vice Thomas Jürgewitz the newspapers of the Funke media group.
Steinmeier: No instrumentalization of political violence
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said during his New Year's reception in view of the attack on Magnitz: "We can never tolerate political violence, from any corner and against whomever." This applies equally to right and left motivated violence.
Any attack on a party meeting, a mayor or a deputy is an attack on the rule of law, said Steinmeier according to the speech manuscript. "In the same way, I wish that an attack like that in Bremen would not be exploited to dig trenches even deeper."