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>> A far-right lawmaker has been beaten unconscious in Germany, in what police say was a politically motivated attack. Three assailants wielding wooden bars set upon Frank Magnitz of the Alternative for Germany Party on Monday, in the northern city of Bremen. The AFD blamed anti fascist activists and called it an assassination attempt.
Last week, an explosion targeted an AFD regional office in Saxony. Reuters' Joseph Nasr says there's been an escalation in attacks on the anti immigration party.>> Most attacks, though, are vandalism. This is one of the rare incidents when actually, members of the AFD have been physically harmed by assailants.
Most of the attacks have been taking place in the East of Germany police say where the AFD has a very strong following, where the AFD is actually very strong. But also in the east there is a massive following for the hard left party which rose from the ashes of the communist party
>> Politicians from across the spectrum put aside their differences with the far right to condemn the attack on Tuesday. The AFD has become biggest opposition party in Germany's lower house, amid deep divisions.>> The root of those divisions are Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision in 2015 to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly Muslims, from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
And the AFD actually rose in German politics and became such a strong force in politics in Germany because of that decision. Because many people disliked what the chancellor did.>>
> German police arrested a 20 year old man on Tuesday, over last week's online release of the personal data of hundreds of German politicians and public figures, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The huge data breach affected all the parties in Germany's parliament, expect one, the AFD.