BERLIN Aug 24 A group of far-left radicals
attacked a leader of Germany's new anti-euro party at a campaign
rally in the northern city of Bremen on Saturday, pushing him to
the ground, the party said.
One campaign worker was cut by a knife and 16 people
suffered breathing problems after roughly 25 hooded activists
attacked them with pepper spray, police said. No one, however,
had to go to hospital for treatment, a Bremen police spokeswoman
said. Officers arrested three people, she said.
Far-left activists have attacked Alternative fuer
Deutschland (AfD) members several times over the last two
months. Polls show the party, launched in April, is unlikely to
win sufficient votes to enter parliament in the Sept. 22 vote in
which Chancellor Angela Merkel is tipped to win a third term,
due partly to her handling of the euro zone debt crisis.
Although Germans resent footing the bill for bailouts for
countries such as Greece, they appreciate Merkel's tough stance
towards struggling euro zone states and broadly back the euro.
The AfD, whose main policy is a dismantling of the euro,
rejects accusations some members have ties to the far-right.
Bernd Lucke, the joint AfD leader and spokesman who was
attacked, said in a statment, "It is an intolerable assault on
the democratic process that violent activists disturb peaceful
AfD election events, which has echoes of the Weimar Republic."