German neo-Nazis attack Briton in Hamburg
The 46-year-old Briton, who lives in Germany, was handed one of the NPD’s pamphlets and ripped it up, leading the NPD campaigners to shout at him and then beat him repeatedly, police said.
Berlin -- Three supporters of Germany's neo-Nazi NPD party have beaten up a dark-skinned Briton and attacked him with pepper spray in the northern city of Hamburg, authorities said Monday.
Police said in a statement that three suspects between the ages of 20 and 43 were under investigation for assault and battery over the events which took place Saturday.
The three men had been distributing flyers ahead of the September 27 general election for the National Democratic Party of Germany, the most radical of the country's far-right parties which touts an anti-immigrant agenda.
The 46-year-old Briton, who lives in Germany, was handed one of the pamphlets and ripped it up, leading the NPD campaigners to shout at him and then beat him repeatedly, police said.
The victim was with his wife and four-year-old son at the time. He was treated in hospital and released.
"Witnesses alerted police, who dispatched several patrol cars to find the men," police said in a statement, adding that the three suspects were picked up soon afterwards nearby. They were released pending formal charges.
Two of the three suspects, aged 20 and 33, had previous convictions for violent crimes.