A neo-Nazi politician from National Democratic Party (NDP) was rescued by Syrian refugees on March 16 in the German town of Bündingen, near Frankfurt, the local fire brigade said.
A spokesman for the local fire brigade confirmed eyewitnesses' words from last Wednesday as he stated that two Syrian refugees pulled the seriously injured NDP lead candidate Stefan Jagsch from the wreckage after he lost control of his automobile and collided with a tree.
The first people to the scene were a group of asylum seekers who were travelling by bus along the same road.
Two Syrians pulled Jagsch from the wreckage and administered first aid treatment until the first ambulance arrived. The NPD man was then brought to hospital.
His party colleague, the NDP’s regional leader Jean Christoph Fiedler told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper that rescue effort of Syrians were “likely a very good and humane act” and added that Jagsch himself could not clearly remember the crash.
The record number of refugee arrival to Germany has sparked a xenophobic backlash from which far-right parties, including the NPD, have benefited.
The far-right NDP is widely known with it’s anti-refugee and anti-Muslim stance. In January, Jagsch attended in a neo-Nazi rally where protesters shouted slogans labelling asylum-seekers as “invaders”, “benefit scrounging tourists” and “lawless primates”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who NDP blames for causing a “genocide” by taking refugees into the country labelled the neo-Nazi party as “anti-democratic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-constitutional party”.
Many social media users reacted the incident expressing their wishes for Jagsch to change his views on refugees after the incident. One user pointed the irony of refugees rescuing anti-refugee politician and said “destiny has a sense of humor”.
On the other hand, some users didn’t even seem happy about the rescue assistance of the Syrian refugees as one wrote, “Now the foreigners are even taking our first aid.”