Over the past several months, the German people have become increasingly frustrated with Merkel's "open-border" policy that has allowed over 1mm migrants to flow into the country from the Middle East and North Africa. The flood of migrants has brought with it a wave of violent crime including sexual assaults resulting in a rising nationalist tension as people have turned their backs on Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union party in recent elections.
The most recent example of backlash over the migrant crisis comes from the small German town of Oersdorf in Northern Germany. The Mayor of Oersdorf, Joachim Kebschull (61), was recently beaten unconscious outside of the city's Town Hall where the construction committee was meeting to discuss a new housing development for migrants. The mayor was apparently struck with a club from behind as he stepped out the Town Hall building to get a laptop from his car.
According to The Telegraph, just hours before the committee meeting Kebschull received a threatening letter saying:
“He who will not listen will have to feel.”
"Oersdorf for Oersdorfers"
According to DW, Kebschull had been receiving threats for months. In fact, the committee meeting had already been postponed twice over bomb threats.
The controversy surrounded a local subsidized housing revitalization where the mayor wanted to offer apartments to asylum-seekers. “If we could also offer a family of refugees a new home in our village, we would like to take this opportunity and make a small contribution to people who had to flee their homes,” the association said in a statement on its website.
Kebschull is still in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.
The attack occurred in the small North German city of Oersdorf just north of Hamburg. Oersdorf has less than 900 residents.
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