A pro-immigration mayor was stabbed in the neck Monday evening by a man allegedly upset at his refugee policies at kebab shop located in Germany.
Andreas Hollstein, a mayor that has welcomed refugees into the small western town of Altena, spoke at a news conference Tuesday, saying that he was violently stabbed in the neck. Hollstein was left with a 6-inch wound in his neck, which was covered with white plaster, the BBC reported. Officials believe the attack was politically motivated.
“You let me die of thirst and let 200 refugees into Altena,” the attacker allegedly said, proceeding to stab Hollstein with a kitchen knife, according to the mayor. Police said that the attacker was under the influence of alcohol, and that the attack was spontaneous.
“I feared for my life,” Hollstein said.
The mayor was later seen giving flowers to kebab shop owner Dmeir Abdullah for coming to his aid.
#Altena Mayor Andreas Hollstein just showed up at the kebab shop where he was attacked less than 24 hours ago. He brought a large bouquet of roses to thank the men who saved his life. pic.twitter.com/GXlHoOBPeO
— Rebecca Staudenmaier (@restaudenmaier) November 28, 2017
Hollstein, known for his liberal immigration policies, has received a German integration prize from Chancellor Angela Merkel. Under his leadership, the town of Altena took in more than its quota of asylum-seekers, with 450 refugees for the town’s population of 17,000.
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