“I believe we are leading Germany towards a bright future – that future is diverse.”
(The mayor in a statement prior to the stabbing)
Authorities say it was a politically motivated attack.
Andreas Hollstein, the mayor of German town Altena and a member of chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party is recovering today after being stabbed in the neck by an assailant.
The attack happened in Altena on Monday evening at a local kebab restaurant, when, according to Spiegel Online, a man who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol criticised Mr Hollstein’s asylum policy and stabbed him in the neck with a 30cm-long knife. The man was arrested at the scene.
Hollstein was rushed to hospital for treatment and released a few hours later, appearing at a press conference on Tuesday morning sporting a large plaster on his neck. He used the conference to thank the owner of the kebab shop, Demir Abdullah, who along with his son overpowered the knife-wielding man. “I’m sure that if they hadn’t reacted like that I wouldn’t be alive now”, he said.
North Rhine-Westphalia premier Armin Laschet has said that the assumption among security services is that the attack was “politically motivated”. Angela Merkel condemned the attack, saying she was “horrified” by the incident, while also thanking those that helped Hollstein.
The town of Altena has won praise, and earlier this year an award, for its efforts in integrating refugees. The town opted to take 100 more refugees than the 270 it was allocated in 2015, and each family was assigned a mentor to help them settle in.
At the award ceremony in May, Hollstein told the audience, “I believe we are leading Germany towards a bright future – that future is diverse.”
I see that the Irish Times has a much more detailed story referencing the attacker as having “xenophobic” motives.
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And, I have dozens of posts specifically on Germany, here where passions are running high on both sides of the refugee issue and speculation is rampant that Angela Merkel’s political future is in question.