A recently published video casts doubt on the allegations of a far-right German political party, claiming that one of its members had been seriously injured after being assaulted by three people in the city of Bremen, in the north of the country.
According to a statement posted on the Facebook page of AfD Bremen, Frank Magnitz reportedly was the victim of an "assassination attempt". According to AfD, Magnitz lost consciousness with a piece of wood when he left the New Year's reception in a city theater. The party said the attackers continued to hit Magnitz on the head after he fell.
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The statement attributed "the courageous intervention of a builder" to saving Magnitz's life.
"In the coming days, we will closely monitor the reactions of other parties," the statement said, adding, "Today is a dark day for democracy in Germany."
The story included a photo of Magnitz with a bloody head injury.
But on Friday, the CCTV footage released by the prosecutor's office seemed to challenge AFD's account of the events.
More specifically, there is no record of a wooden object or film showing a person who threw Magnitz on the ground, said Frank Passade, spokesman for the prosecutor's office. The two local traders (builders) never attended the attack as claimed by the AfC, added the authorities.
The images of CCTV were made public after a Bremen court ordered the publication as part of an investigation into the incident.
Police initially reported that Magnitz had been hit by an unknown object and suspected of a politically motivated attack.
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Party leader Alice Weidel and other local officials blamed the attack on "incentives" from the Green Party and the center-left SPD. Magnitz admits that the attack could have been an assault.
The AfD won 94 seats in the German parliament in the September 2017 federal elections, becoming the third party in the Bundestag behind the center-right Christian Democratic Union Coalition and Chancellor Angela Merkel and the center-left Social Democrats.
The attack reportedly took place just three days after the explosion of an unknown substance in front of the AfD office in Doebeln, in eastern Saxony. The authorities were looking into the cause and the possible reasons.
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The vice-governor of Saxony, the center-left Social Democrat, Martin Dulig, tweeted on Friday that there was no justification for what had happened, adding that "this attack aid AfD and undermine democracy ". Saxony holds national elections in September.
Samuel Chamberlain of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.