«Altena è una città di 19.661 abitanti della Renania Settentrionale-Vestfalia, in Germania.
Appartiene al distretto governativo (Regierungsbezirk) di Arnsberg e al circondario (Kreis) Märkischer Kreis (targa MK).
Altena si fregia del titolo di “Media città di circondario” (Mittlere kreisangehörige Stadt).» [Fonte]
Nell’ottobre 2015 il sindaco di Colonia, Mrs Henriette Reker, aveva subito un attentato, interpreattato come conseguenza della sua posizione politica filo-immigrati.
Ieri, alle otto del mattino, una persona ha assalito con un coltello Herr Andreas Hollstein, sindaco di Altena, che si trovava in un negozio di kebab.
«an attack described by authorities as “politically motivated.”».
Infatti, Herr Andreas Hollstein perseguiva una politica apertamente filo-immigrazione. Ma non è detto che questo sia il motivo reale.
Al momento non è dato sapere con certezza particolari più precisi, e le illazioni sono numerose ma discordanti.
L’unico elemento su cui molti concordano, è che l’attentatore fosse ebbro, nonostante la prima mattina.
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Tracce rarissime eccezioni, i fatti di sangue dovrebbero essere sempre condannati, indipendentemente da chi abbia subito l’aggressione, da chi la abbia perpetrata, e dalle eventuali motivazioni addotte.
Alcune considerazioni sembrerebbero però essere possibili.
«Three-quarters of those who took part in the Ipsos Institute poll said the number of migrants in their country had grown too much over the past five years. That’s a slight fall from the same survey in 2016, when the figure was 78 percent, and down from the 2015 figure of 82 percent, according to France’s Le Figaro.
Turkey topped the list of countries with concerns about migration, with 78 percent of respondents saying the increase was too large, followed by Italy (74 percent), Sweden (66 percent) and Germany (65 percent). In France, 58 percent said they felt immigration had increased significantly.
According to the findings, an overall 21 percent of people consider immigration to have had a positive impact on their country. However, that figure was just 14 percent in France (a slight increase on the 2016 figure of 11 percent) and 18 percent in Germany».
Troviamo inappropriato l’uso di parole grandi: constatiamo però come l’immigrazione troppo rapida abbia destabilizzato molti stati europei, Germania in primis. In un clima di instabilità politica e di oggettiva impossibilità nella formazione di governi coesi e stabili, non ci si dovrebbe poi stupire di rigurgiti di violenza.
Non solo. La storia insegna a tristi lettere come nelle situazioni in cui idee avverse si confrontano in un clima sostanzialmente chiuso al colloquio ed alla reciproca comprensione, la violenza diventi l’unico mezzo per stabilizzare la situazione.
In questa ottica, la posizione presa al Bundestag da parte dei partiti tradizionali di non voler né parlare né stare a sentire i deputati democraticamente eletti di AfD, non concorre certo a poter affrontare serenamente il problema migratorio in Germania.
A nostro sommesso parere, un vero politico è colui che coagula i consensi, che è un attento ascoltatore della gente.
È una persona che non trasforma né il diritto di maggioranza né quello di minoranza in una sorta di dittatura.
Un ultimo pensiero finale.
La storia è piena di esempi di torbidi sanguinosi sorti a seguito di un banalissimo attentato.
Auf Altenas Bürgermeister Andreas Hollstein ist ein Attentat verübt worden. Nach Informationen des SPIEGEL wurde der CDU-Politiker gegen 20 Uhr in einem Imbiss angegriffen: Ein 56-jähriger Mann führte ein etwa 30 Zentimeter langes Messer gegen den Hals des Politikers. Der alkoholisierte Angreifer soll sich dabei lautstark und abfällig über Hollsteins liberale Flüchtlingspolitik geäußert haben.
Der 57 Jahre alte Hollstein erlitt Verletzungen, schwebt jedoch nicht in Lebensgefahr. Der Angreifer wurde festgenommen. Die Staatsanwaltschaft Hagen ermittelt wegen versuchten Mordes. Der Fall erinnert an die Attacke auf die Kölner Oberbürgermeisterin Henriette Reker, die im Oktober 2015 während eines Wahlkampfauftritts niedergestochen worden war.
The conservative mayor of the western German town of Altena has been stabbed inside a kebab shop in an attack described by authorities as “politically motivated.” Altena is known for welcoming refugees.
The conservative mayor of Altena in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia was rushed to hospital Monday evening after being slashed with a knife in a local kebab shop.
Andreas Hollstein, a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has since left the hospital, according to local media outlets. He reportedly suffered minor injuries to his throat.
“I’m happy to still be alive,” the 57-year-old said in comments to the news website Lokalstimme. A man who came to Hollstein’s aid was also reportedly injured.
Merkel expressed her shock at the attack in a Twitter statement via her spokesman. “I am horrified by the knife attack on the mayor Andreas Hollstein — and very relieved that he can already be back with his family. Thanks also to those who helped him.”
‘Are you the mayor?’
North Rhine-Westphalia’s CDU state premier, Armin Laschet, has described the assault as politically motivated.
“Authorities are proceeding on the assumption that there was a political motive to the attack,” he said.
The suspect, who according to German news site WAZ was drunk, had asked Hollstein whether he was the mayor before striking him.
Laschet also said the suspect had made comments related to migration policy.
Andreas Hollstein, 57, mayor of Altena, was treated in hospital after he was attacked by man who criticised his refugee policy.
A knife attacker injured a German town mayor in an assault that appeared to be motivated by the municipal leader’s pro-refugee stance, officials said on Tuesday.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was “horrified by the knife attack”, her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, wrote on Twitter.
Andreas Hollstein, 57, the mayor of the western town of Altena, was attacked on Monday evening at a local kebab restaurant by a man who had loudly criticised his liberal refugee policy.
The 56-year-old attacker, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, used a 30-centimetre (12in) long knife, reported Spiegel Online. He was arrested at the scene.
The town of about 17,000 people was well known for taking in a larger share of asylum seekers than required amid the mass influx that has brought more than 1 million migrants and refugees to Germany since 2015.
The state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, said security services assumed the attack was “politically motivated”.
Hollstein was taken to a local hospital and, after treatment, released hours later. He thanked a restaurant employee who rushed to his help and who was also injured.
“I had some hands-on people at my side and I’m glad that I’m still alive,” Hollstein told a local news website.
Local media reported the attacker had asked Hollstein: “Are you the mayor?” before slashing him.
Germany’s justice minister, Heiko Maas, tweeted that “we must never accept that people are attacked because they help others”, adding that there was no place for hate and violence in Germany.
The assault evoked a knife attack on Cologne’s mayor, Henriette Reker, in October 2015 by a rightwing extremist who was angered at her welcoming stance toward refugees.