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07:15, 21 July 2018 Saturday
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German mayor hurt in xenophobic attack
German mayor hurt in xenophobic attack

Pro-refugee mayor saved by kebab shop owner after being stabbed

World Bulletin / News Desk

The pro-refugee mayor of the western German city of Altena was stabbed by a suspected far-right sympathizer on Monday night, due to his welcoming stance towards migrants.

Andreas Hollstein, who survived the attack with minor injuries, thanked Abdullah Demir, the owner of a kebab shop and his son, who intervened and saved his life.

“If they were not there, I would’t be sitting here today. I would like to thank them, our citizens of Altena,” Hollstein told a news conference on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is a prominent figure in Germany, known for his supportive refugee stance.

Police told local media the perpetrator, a 56-year-old German, attacked Hollstein with a knife after asking him: “Are you the mayor?“.

The perpetrator was arrested at the scene, and police said they suspected a xenophobic motivation lay behind the attack.

German authorities have been alarmed by growing violence against refugees and pro-refugee politicians in recent years.

Since 2015, Germany received more than 1.1 million refugees, mostly Syrians and Iraqis, who were forced to flee their homes due to conflict.

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