Tuesday, January 5, 2016
1000 Men Commit Mass Sex Assault In Cologne
The mayor of Cologne has summoned police for crisis talks after about 80 women reported sexual assaults and muggings by 1,000 men on New Year’s Eve.
The scale of the attacks on women at the city’s central railway station has shocked the world.
About 1,000 drunk and aggressive young men were involved.
City police chief Wolfgang Albers called it
“a completely new dimension of crime”.
The men were of Arab or North African appearance, he said.
At least one woman was raped, and many others were groped, including a volunteer police woman.
The police chief said
“the assailants’ behaviour is a real concern for me, also because of the carnival.”
Police were deployed outside the central station because of the crowds on New Year’s Eve, but failed to spot many of the attacks.
There are also fears that a number of women did not report assaults.
Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said the attacks were monstrous, saying
“we cannot allow this to become a lawless area.”
One man described how his partner and 15-year-old daughter were surrounded by an enormous crowd outside the station and he was unable to help.
“The attackers grabbed her and my partner’s breasts and groped them between their legs.”
A British woman visiting Cologne said fireworks had been thrown at her group by men who spoke neither German nor English.
“They were trying to hug us, kiss us. One man stole my friend’s bag,”
“Another tried to get us into his ‘private taxi’. I’ve been in scary and even life-threatening situations and I’ve never experienced anything like that.”
Germany saw a record influx of migrants in 2015, which provoked an intense debate on immigration and marches by the anti-Islam Pegida movement.
A police officer who was outside Cologne station during the New Year’s Eve trouble told the city’s Express news website that he had detained eight suspects.
“They were all asylum seekers, carrying copies of their residence certificates,”
However, there was no official confirmation that asylum seekers had been involved in the violence.
Similar attacks were reported in the cities of Hamburg and Stuttgart.
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