Il sindaco della cittadina tedesca di Oersdorf, 900 anime, noto per avere deciso di ospitare nel suo comune un numero considerevole di cosiddetti profughi, è stato preso a bastonate dai suoi concittadini.
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Joachim Kebschull, 61-year-old mayor of the German town of Oersdorf, home to about 900 people, was beaten unconscious by unknown assailants. Investigators say the attack may have been linked to the mayor’s plans to accommodate refugees, local media report.
On the day of the attack, the mayor had received a threatening letter, reading: “He who does not want to hear will have to feel” and “Oersdorf for the Oersdorfers,” Speigel reported.
The mayor, who wanted to allow refugees to move into a property in Oersdorf, a small town in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, has received death threats for months, and the local town hall had to cancel its meetings twice because of bomb threats, the German newspaper said.
Kebschull was on his way to a town hall meeting on Thursday when he was struck on the back of the head with a stick or wooden beam. He lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital.
The assailant fled the scene, with German daily Bild calling the attack “brutal and xenophobic.”