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23 Mar, 2016 00:15

Irony? Syrian refugees save German far-right party candidate from car crash

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.

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

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

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