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Germany: Mgr. Schick (Bishop of Bamberg) calls attack on AfD member “disgusting”

After the violent attack on MP Frank Magnitz of Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Monday evening in Bremen, Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg wished a “speedy recovery” to the politician this morning: Mr Magnitz suffered severe head injuries in the attack perpetrated against him by three people who have not yet been identified. In a message on Twitter, Mgr. Schick expressed the hope that “the perpetrators of this disgusting act may soon be identified and punished”. Mgr. Schick reflected not so much on the motive for the attack, which is still unclear, but on the fact itself: “Violence and beatings must always and everywhere be condemned by everyone (be it violence at home, in schools, in public places), and we too should talk less about it! Violence against any person should be banned from any place, including words, facts and means of communication”. The Church in Bremen had already condemned the attack yesterday. In no case should “violence be praised or supported”, said the parish priest of St John’s church in Bremen, Martin Schomaker, on the website of the German Church. While a police investigation is underway, Mr Magnitz is still in serious condition in hospital.

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