Irony? Syrian refugees save German far-right party candidate from car crash
The far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) was forced to swap its anti-immigrant rhetoric for some kind words after two Syrian refugees rescued one of the party’s leading local candidates from car wreckage.
Stefan Jagsch, 29, a leading NPD candidate in this month’s local elections in the Hesse region, lost control of his car and crashed into a tree in the town of Büdingen last week.
Two Syrians who were travelling with a group came upon the scene and pulled the seriously injured Jagsch from the wreckage.
They gave him first aid treatment until an ambulance arrived and brought him to a hospital.
Dos refugiats sirians socorren el polític neonazi de l'NPD Stefan Jagsch després d'un greu accident de trànsit pic.twitter.com/DGrR2FVEth— Roger Suso (@eurosuso) March 22, 2016
Two vans carrying about 16 refugees had already stopped at the site of the crash by the time emergency services arrived, a spokesman for the Büdingen fire brigade said.
Many people took to Twitter to point out the irony of the refugees rescuing a man from the extremist, anti immigration party
"Beschäme deine Feinde durch deinen Anstand"-Arab. Sprichwort. Meine Nachricht des Tages: Syrer retten NPD-Politiker https://t.co/zQ2HYlWkbq— Tarek Al-Wazir (@talwazir) March 22, 2016
The NPD’s leader in Hesse, Jean Christoph Fiedler, spoke out with uncharacteristic, yet not unwavering, praise for the refugees who assisted his party member.
They “probably performed a very good and humane deed,” he told the Frankfurter Rundschau.
Jagsch remains in the hospital and is in a condition “to be expected in the circumstances,” Fielder said.
The NDP, which has been labelled an “anti-democratic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-constitutional party” by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, is currently appealing a ban in Germany’s constitutional court