Germany dawned on Tuesday with news of a new xenophobic attack on covers of Digital diaries. This time, it is also an aggression with special political reading. A mayor of norrn Germany, of Conservative government Party (CDU) and known as a refugee shelter advocate, was stabbed in neck on Monday night at a kebab stand.
Andreas Hollstein, 57 years old, was in front of fast food establishment when he was approached by a man and asked if he was mayor of Altena. Hollstein answered that yes and attacker pulled a knife about 30 centimeters and stabbed it in neck of mayor. Several people came to his aid, including a waiter from restaurant who was also injured. "You're allowing me to die of thirst while you bring 200 refugees to Altena," said aggressor, according to story of Hollstein himself. The alderman was hospitalized immediately, but has already received discharge. Hollstein believes that if he hadn't tapped waiter at kebab booth, he could have died.Learn More
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The 56-year-old assailant was immediately detained and, according to German press, was drunk.
In Altena, in state of North-Rhine-Westphalia, in west of country, 18,000 people live. The city is known for hosting more refugees than regional cast. Altena has also received National Prize for German integration for its work with refugees and involvement of volunteers.
More than 1.3 million refugees have arrived in Germany in last two years. The initial enthusiasm of "welcome" operation has given way to a tightening of policies and immigration rhetoric, and above all, it has catapulted far right to Bundestag.
"I am horrified by this knife attack," said German chancellor Angela Merkel through her Twitter spokesman. Also reacted minister of Interior, Thomas de Maziere, who said that "as a society we oppose strongly hatred and extremism."
Two years ago, at height of crisis unleashed by arrival of refugees, anor policy defender of open door policy for refugees, Henriette Reker, also suffered a stabbing. "An attack of this kind changes life, but it must not change our attitude," he said Tuesday.