It looks like this could become a major embarassment for the AfD. Because as it turns out, the victim seems to have lied about how things happened. He told the police (and press) that he had been followed by some people after he passed a leftwing protest, and was assaulted by them with a baseball bat and beaten until he was unconscious. The only reason why he supposedly survived was because of the interference of others. The AfD of course used this as an opportunity to lash out against the other party's and the press.[TWEET]1082550245450571777[/TWEET]
However cameras filmed what really happened. Not only was he not followed by protesters, nor was he assaulted with a baseball bat either. The "attack" consisted off a push from behind, with the attacker (not attackers) immediately fleeing afterwards. The victim fell than so unfortunate that it resulted in his injuries. No doubt a reprehensible act, bit certainly not an "assassination" attempt. Of course the AfD cynacilly stated initially that they did not want to exaggerate things, or exploit this incident.