Czech lawmaker Dominik Feri was taken to hospital after an assault by two men that appears to have been racially motivated.
The attack on the Czech Republic’s first black parliamentarian took place on Sunday at a wine-tasting event in Borsice, in the eastern region of Moravia, and is being investigated by police, according to national media.
Feri wrote on Twitter that he had been punched by two men. A picture he posted along with the tweet appears to show a rip in his shirt and a cut in his back.
The 22-year-old politician from the center-right opposition party TOP 09 is partly of Ethiopian origin.
Witnesses said one of the attackers shouted “niggers had no right to be in politics at all,” Feri was quoted by Czech news outlet Novinky.cz as saying.
“We are investigating a conflict between several people,” police spokesman Vladislav Malcharczik told the same outlet.
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