Far-Right Politician Attacked in Supermarket

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.23 - 2024 1:01 PM CET

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A far-right German politician was assaulted in a supermarket.

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Mario Kumpf, a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, was punched in the face on Wednesday afternoon while shopping in Ebersbach-Neugersdorf, an eastern city in Germany.

The assailant, after delivering the blow, calmly continued with his shopping before being arrested by the police.

Incident Details

The DPA news agency reported that Kumpf, who has been a member of the Saxony state parliament since 2019, called the police immediately after the attack.

The authorities apprehended a 53-year-old man, charging him with assault.

This incident adds to a series of recent attacks on politicians and campaign workers in Germany.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned the assaults, describing them as "outrageous and cowardly."

The recent wave of violence has targeted politicians from various parties.

Earlier this month, Franziska Giffey, former mayor of Berlin and a member of Scholz's center-left Social Democrats (SPD), was attacked during a visit to a library in the capital.

Additionally, Bundestag MP Matthias Ekke, also from the SPD, was beaten and hospitalized in Dresden in early May.

The Green Party has not been spared either. Yvonne Mosler, a Green politician, faced insults, threats, and was spat on while displaying campaign posters in Dresden.

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