Turkish-descended kebab shop owner saves German Mayor's life
BERLIN - Anadolu Agency
The pro-refugee mayor of the western German city of Altena was stabbed by a suspected far-right sympathizer on the night of Nov. 27, due to his welcoming stance towards migrants.
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?”.
Demir recalled those moments to Anadolu Agency: “He [Hollstein] told me he would meet with the President but that it was delayed to a later date. When the attacker heard this, he looked strangely and asked if he was mayor. The mayor said yes. My back was turned, when I turned to the front, he took out the knife.”
"Anybody would have done the same, it's a matter of life,” Demir added, “We know the mayor, he is a very good person. It was a very difficult moment.”
Quoting Merkel in a tweet government spokesman Steffen Seibert said: “I am appalled by the knife attack on Mayor Andreas Hollstein -- and very relieved that he can be with his family again. Thanks also to those who have
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.