|Die Linke councillor and refugee activist, Michael Richter|
Richter, a 39-year old town councillor for the socialist party Die Linke (“The Left”) was not in the car at the time, and fortunately noone was harmed by the blast, which damaged a nearby car.
While police are yet to assign blame, Richter is certain that the attack came from right-wing groups in the area, who have threatened him repeatedly in recent months over his campaigning work for refugees.
"I am one of the faces in Freital who say we are for asylum, and I think that's the reason for the attack," Richter said after the blast.
"Threats have now become reality. They are trying to scare me, but I will not give up,"
Germany has seen a steady rise in violence against asylum seekers in the past year, with the German Federal Ministry of the Interior recording 202 attacks in the first six months of 2015 alone, compared to 162 in all of 2014 and 58 in 2013.