An original translation by Egri Nok:
From a few sources. First:
[Schwäbisch Gmünd | Thursday, 02. June 2016
Embarrassing Flood Staging with refugees in the Weststadt [Schwäbisch Gmünd]
A help effort by refugees, staged by the municipality on request of a foreign camera team, sparked outrage among residents and flood helpers in the Weststadt [a district of Schwäbisch Gmünd] which is still marked by the flood.
The aid became a satire, as several eye witnesses, independent of each other, described to the Rems newspaper, seeking help also in the interests of the obviously abused asylum seekers.
Despite the massive irritation, all observers emphasized that they truly pitied the refugees in this situation. They tried to quickly provide work gloves for the men who apparently did not even know what this all was about. They were sent, equipped only with light casual wear and sparkling clean sneakers, and cheerful music from the IPhones, and escorted by municipality staff (witness: tie-wearers) to the flood aid in the Eutighofer Street, where their help was basically not needed anymore.
“We all did not believe our eyes what was suddenly happening” says the stunned RZ reader Wolfgang B. Many other citizens of Weststadt too indignatedly approached the Rems newspaper about this show initiative of the town on Thursday, and even showed videos from their mobiles of this unbelievable satire.
Allegedly the disgruntled residents were about to chase the camera team out of people’s homes and gardens because of this strange move. The refugees were even coerced to fetch back from the containers, flood trash that the residents had long salvaged, to again carry it out of the basements, geared toward the media.
The citizens were so outraged that, according to reports, there were fisticuffs against the foreign camera team.
Town hall press spokesman Markus Hermann reassures: This action has indeed been unfortunate. He asks for understanding: the camera team from Austria had arrived too late, and one had only intended to reenact for them that the refugees indeed supported the flood victims.
The indignant residents of the Weststadt though do not know of any such support. Rather, they felt quite on their own until Wednesday.
According to reports, true helpers were not put in the Spotlight like the unfortunate refugees, who, a few minutes after their TV appearance, took to their heels. The clear opinion of many flood victims of the Weststadt: Perhaps well intended by the Lord Mayor, but nevertheless absolutely out of order, this weird initiative.
UPDATE: The ORF (Austrian public TV) partially denies town spokesman Hermannís account towards the JF. An ORF spokesperson confirmed he did send a camera team to Schwäbisch Gmünd. However, it was not involved in the staging. It must have been a different station. Town spokesman Hermann was not available anymore on Friday noon to clarify which TV station it actually was.
Press Release of the town Schwäbisch Gmünd
June 03 2016
Schwäbisch Gmünd town leadership does not instruct media staging
Regarding the Media report about a flood piece by a TV team in Schwäbisch Gmünd. the municipality makes it clear that the Gmünd town leadership did not instruct a media staging
Schwäbisch Gmünd. (sv). The shooting by a camera team after the flood disaster has caused irritation among residents in the Eutighofer Street in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Regarding this, the town administration clarifies:
The team had arrived late for the shooting after the flood disaster. As the largest amount of the immediate assistance of the disaster-night and the following day had already been completed at that point, the TV journalists asked to re-enact a few assistance scenes at the access road to town, where the film team still found furnishings affected by the water damage. The wish existed to specifically film refugees, as those had lent a hand on another occasion in the previous days.
At this wish, staff of the Schwäbisch Gmünd refugee care connected with refugees. There has been at no point an instruction by the Schwäbisch Gmünd town leadership, especially not by Lord Mayor Richard Arnold, to stage an enactment. The Lord Mayor and the department heads were not informed of this shooting and of the wish by the camera team, and would not have had the opportunity, the wish, or the time to occupy themselves with details of a media request in the commotion of these events and days.