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Current Events PopWrapped | Current Events

New Year's Eve In Germany Plagued By Sexual Assaults, Rape, And Theft

Matt Lawrence | PopWrapped Author

Matt Lawrence

01/10/2016 5:49 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
New Year's Eve In Germany Plagued By Sexual Assaults, Rape, And Theft | Germany
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Reports are trickling in from various new organizations centering from Cologne, Germany about the events that coincided with New Year's Eve celebrations around an iconic cathedral and train station.

Anywhere from 60 to 90 women have filed reports to police of a multitude of crimes committed against them, ranging from inappropriate groping of breasts and vaginal areas, theft of purses, and one woman alleging she was raped.

All reports have indicated that anywhere from 500 to 1,000 men appeared around the cathedral and train station inebriated and began targeting women. The large scale mob has been described as being of Arab or North African descent, with one report identifying them as being from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

City police chief Wolfgang Albers called it "a completely new dimension of crime". The men were of Arab or North African appearance." He continued "the assailants' behaviour is a real concern for me, also because of the carnival".

The carnival to which he is referring is a series of street parties that are set to kick off in the middle of February, and, with fears that this large scale attack was coordinated, the entire country is abuzz as they slowly learn more facts about the assaults.

One of the victims, identified only as Katja L, told the Kölner Express: “When we came out of the station, we were very surprised by the group we met, which was made up only of foreign men … We walked through the group of men, there was a tunnel through them, we walked through … I was groped everywhere. It was a nightmare. Although we shouted and hit them, they men didn’t stop. I was horrified and I think I was touched around 100 times over the 200 metres.”

One investigator told the Kölner Express: “The female victims were so badly pushed about, they had heavy bruises on their breasts and behinds.”

These reports fan the flames on the already burning topic of immigration, as, last year, Germany saw an all-time high influx on immigrants, admitting hundreds of thousands refugees. Twitter was abuzz with condemnations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, criticizing her and likening her to an accessory to the crimes. One user on a Facebook page recorded a large number of likes, having posted:“I could puke when I read this, and there are still so many deluded idiots who say ‘Welcome refugees’ … Close the borders now. For God’s sake, Merkel belongs on the scaffold.”

Cologne’s mayor, Henriette Reker, called an emergency meeting of high-ranking security officials on Tuesday, saying her aim was to ensure the city centre did not turn into a “lawless zone”. Reker, herself, was attacked back in October by individuals who did not agree with her refugee-friendly policies, stabbing her in the neck. Luckily, she survived and now has some serious work to do.

Wednesday, German police revealed they have identified three suspects in connection with the attacks, courtesy of the Interior Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


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