Politicians across the political spectrum joined condemnation of the attack.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas, a member of chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet, tweeted: “Violence must never be a means of political debate — no matter who or what the motives for it are. There is no justification whatsoever for this.”
Members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), part of Germany’s coalition government, criticized the attack, despite their vehement opposition to the AfD’s policies.
Leader Andrea Nahles told German publication Zeit that the AfD was “a political opponent of our tolerant and peaceful society, but whoever violently opposes the party and its politicians reveals these values and endangers our coexistence.” Her deputy, Johannes Kahrs, called any kind of extremism “crap.”
“Even against the AfD, there is no justification for violence, and those who fight hatred with hatred always win the hatred,” Green politician Cem Özdemir tweeted.
Italy’s right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini, labelled it an “infamous and bestial attack.”
Magnitz became the AfD’s Bremen branch spokesperson in 2015, and in 2017 he was elected to Germany’s national parliament, the Bundestag. In a Facebook post from December last year, he criticised Merkel’s CDU (Christian Democratic Union) party for it’s Christmas cards, claiming “integration means for the CDU minister to waive traditional values in Germany.”
He has repeatedly spoken out about his opposition to the large numbers of refugees and migrants who have settled in Germany under Merkel’s leadership.