“span class=”news_bold”>Democracy is threatened by these types of acts”said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a message in which he wished Matthias Ecke, an MEP from his party in power, to “face what entered his life as a horror”.

The attack on Friday night in Dresden, eastern Germany, against this MEP, who also heads the SPD list in the Saxony region for the European elections, is not the first to target German politicians in recent months, making it sound warnings about the possibility of a politically motivated crime.

According to regional police, the 41-year-old MEP was beaten by four unidentified men while posting campaign posters for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party, and was forced to “receiving medical treatment in hospital”adds the statement cited by the French news agency, France-Presse (AFP).

“If a politically motivated attack is confirmed just a few weeks before the European elections, this serious act of violence also constitutes a serious attack on democracy”reacted the Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, in a press release, in which she considered that this is “a new dimension of anti-democratic violence” and blamed “extremists and populists, who are fueling a growing climate of violence with verbal attacks completely disproportionate.”

“The seeds sown by the AfD and other right-wing extremists are germinating. Their supporters are now completely uninhibited and clearly consider them to be a game of democrats,” lamented Henning Homann and Kathrin Michel, the leaders of Saxony’s SPD.

On Thursday night, two deputies elected by the Greens, the party that governs with the SPD, were attacked in Essen, in western Germany, with one of them being hit in the face, according to police.

Last Saturday, several dozen protesters attacked the vice-president of the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, elected by the Green Party, after a festive event in eastern Germany. Her car was blocked and it was necessary to call police reinforcements to let her leave the scene.

These attacks are the result of “rhetoric, the atmosphere created, of turning people against each other and pitting them against each other”, lamented Olaf Scholz.

“We must never resign ourselves to these acts of violence, we must oppose them together”, insisted the chancellor.

According to Armin Schuster, Minister of the Interior of Saxony, where an important regional election will be held on September 1, 112 politically motivated crimes related to the elections have been recorded in the Land since the beginning of the year, 30 of which against incumbents. political positions or elective mandates.

“What is absolutely worrying is the intensity with which attacks are multiplying today,” concluded Schuster.

The SPD in the state of Saxony is reinforcing security measures preventing its members from carrying out campaign actions alone from now on. They should always be in groups of four or five to be able to react to potential attacks. Furthermore, the police will be informed in advance about the posting of posters.

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