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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Mass sexual attack in Germany inflames migrant debate

German authorities said on Tuesday that coordinated attacks in which young women were sexually harassed and robbed by hundreds of young men on New Year’s Eve in the western city of Cologne were unprecedented in scale and nature.
The assault, which went largely unreported for days, set off a national outcry after the Cologne police described the attackers as young men “who appeared to have a North African or Arabic” background, based on testimony from victims and witnesses. More than 90 people have filed legal complaints, the police said on Tuesday.

The police in Hamburg also said that 10 women had reported being sexually assaulted and robbed in a similar fashion on the same night, and they urged witnesses to come forward.
Germany took in more than one million migrants last year, and with the country struggling to deal with the political, social and wider consequences of the influx, the delayed public response has led to concerns that the authorities were playing down the seriousness of the assault to prevent it from becoming a point of contention in the broader debate.
 
The assault took place late on Thursday on the vast public square in front of the city’s main train station, a central transit point for anyone coming or going from a fireworks display over the Rhine and the bars and nightclubs in the heart of the city, in the shadow of its landmark cathedral.
Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister, warned on Tuesday against linking the assaults to the influx of refugees, saying that the ethnicity of the perpetrators was irrelevant.
“The rule of the law does not look at where someone comes from but what they did,” Mr. Maas told reporters in Berlin. “We will investigate what circles the perpetrators may have come from.”
The Cologne police say they believe several hundred men, ages 15 to 35, were involved in the violence that began in the early hours of the New Year, after the square was cleared because men had been throwing firecrackers into the crowd.
Wolfgang Albers, Cologne’s chief of police, said the assaults had taken place in the chaos that followed, as the square was emptied. The men appeared to have broken into smaller groups, the police said, with each one encircling a woman; while some would grope the victim, others would steal her wallet or cellphone.
 
One victim reported that she had been raped, the police said.
 
Henriette Reker, Cologne’s mayor, called a crisis meeting on Tuesday to address the issue. Ms. Reker, who was stabbed during a campaign event in October by an attacker who opposed her welcoming attitude toward migrants, called the assault “absolutely intolerable” and pledged her support for the authorities’ investigation.
 
The city holds a large festival every year before Easter, when thousands of costumed revelers throng the streets to celebrate with parades and parties, and Ms. Reker echoed the concerns of many about safety during the Carnival season.
In an effort to prevent further violence, Ms. Reker said that city officials would begin working on measures to help young women protect themselves and to explain the city’s attitudes and norms to its many newcomers.
“We will explain our Carnival much better to people who come from other cultures,” she said, “so there won’t be any confusion about what constitutes celebratory behavior in Cologne, which has nothing to do with a sexual frankness.”
Cologne, with roughly one million inhabitants, is among Germany’s most ethnically diverse cities, and it took in more than 10,000 refugees last year, many of them young men from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The city authorities said they would increase security after the assaults, as they continued to search for suspects.
 
The euphoria that accompanied the first wave of arrivals in Germany this summer has since given way to growing unease about the difficulty of integrating hundreds of thousands of people of a different religion and who were raised in a different culture.
 
Far-right and anti-immigrant groups in Germany, and others who oppose the influx, swiftly seized on the episode, saying it demonstrated the dangers associated with accepting huge numbers of migrants.
Lutz Bachmann, head of the anti-immigrant Pegida movement, accused German leaders on Twitter of complicity in the assault. In a post that named Ms. Merkel; her deputy, Sigmar Gabriel; and other politicians, Mr. Bachmann said, “You are all responsible for the abuse in Cologne!”
 
Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose unmitigated support for a migrant flow that has increasingly put her country under strain and caused political rifts in her own conservative bloc, used an annual event on Tuesday to call for mutual respect.
 
“We are all of the understanding that we respect everyone, even those who we don’t know,” the chancellor said in Berlin, where she greeted groups of children who celebrated the Epiphany by dressing up as three kings and collecting donations for charity or their churches.
The chancellor recalled that the country’s Constitution enshrines human dignity as inviolable. “This is true not only for Germans, but for all people,” she said.
 
 
 
 
The New York Times

72 comments:

Babylawyer. said...

Can u imagine. I hav my suspicion on those migrants that they took in. And why are they mentioning Africa now. Always antagonising Africa each time they fail ti do things right.

My heart goes out to the victims.

@Lindaikeji No. I FAN

SHORTEST DUDE said...

What's even happening in this crazy world?

Good morning LIB

BLUNT said...

They ain't seen nothing yet. When you accept more than a million people from terrorism-prone areas, I call that suicide. Germany should make hay, while the sun still shines.

BLUNT said...

They ain't seen nothing yet. When you accept more than a million people from terrorism-prone areas, I call that suicide. The West- always trying to be politically correct. Germany should make hay, while the sun still shines.

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Some human just chose to act like animals, dispeakable!

Anonymous said...

This is terrible.

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renieccc09@gmail said...

God pls take control......

Anonymous said...

All the moslems should be deported. They are rapists and pedophiles. What else do anyone except from people that says that it is OK to marry and molest 12 year old girls.

PROPHET BAAL.LINDA FUTURE HUSBAND said...

at the end of the day, they will blame satan, for their immoral attitude. they suppose to know how to control themselves

Anonymous said...

Well Well Well
It's a New World Order
Their mission is to spread chaos
Has anyone not seen Markel's Illuminati finger locks??

Nwariaku Munachi said...

That's what happens when a large influx of foreigners enter your land.

tosisochukwu said...

Seen! Next pls


















































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princess Stella said...

Hmmmm! WaHala everywhere.

Nnenne George said...

Randy men everywhere.. Na wao!!!

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

Jeeeezzz...sometin really needs to be done and fast.

Bibian Obunse said...

Is this another new guise of terrorism,cos what other reason can there be for the many rapes???...

maryjane micheal said...

Seen....Mrs Tommy

DBANJ CRUSH said...

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Anonymous said...

That's awful



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Chiamaka Okey said...

Na wetin help dey cause taking in refugees from Afghanistan n Iran of all places! Biko dey shud b brought to book!


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ike manuel said...

Long story shaa... It's really unprecedented.


Long Live LIB!

Juliet Iwuno said...

See as person take im own hands go draw wahala. Linda take note!

chuloo20200 Papa Chu said...

What do you expect when there is an influx of people. The good n d Bad.

VIVACIOUS TRACY said...

What is going on? D world is coming to an end

Mayberry said...

Who else will dey b,muslim of course. Bunches of idiot
I end is very near....goats


Still Edo babe

Vivian Reginalds said...

Deportation loading
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Dennis Glory said...

Lord have mercy... Every country protecting it's citizen tho

Ebuka Emmanuel said...

lies lies lies, lies compounding lies.




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Dinma Peace said...

So bad

PETER IFEANYICHUKWU said...

This is why France is suffering the attacks that has been their lot of recent, you don't open your door to someone you don't know and expect him not to misbehave.

augustine muta said...

hmm

Emmy Blu Modesto said...

Signs of Endtime in 2016

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

Make una good no kill una...






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Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

Hmm that's not good.

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Kingsly Anyaegbu said...

Too bad!










#linda give me1bo#

Kingsly Anyaegbu said...

Too bad!










#linda give me1bo#

Uzodave Startech said...

Angela Merkel wanted it. #IrepLIB

Boniface Onwuma said...

Hmmm, this calls for great caution.

don snipes said...

The madness happening in Europe is gettin too much. Something drastic needs to be done


.....just saying...

HUSBAND MATERIAL said...

If this is true den it's so unfair. Germany z d only country that accepted dis Arabians with open arms so I wonder y they wil be doin such a thing in less than 1yr they came into dat country.. GOODMORNING Y'all

henry dion said...

Probably may be a gang
#needanalibitojoinmetastethenewgeishasardine

Nnadi Chinazor Stephen said...

nawa ooo
#linda ikeji's blog is d best

Jasmine Joseph said...

The world is coming to an end, too many sickening things happening

Ogunnaike Kazeem said...

Arab pple in trouble again

Solomon Chukwuka said...

Na to begin deport the hoodlums

Linda NwaGod said...

Ok
Good 4 dem
Linda dont take note!





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Quadri Hossein said...

Hmmmnn

Salam_Alaykum

Vivian Simon said...

Stupid woman dat caused the peace in Germany for bringing those lawless refugees and now women are paying the price.God will definitely punish her.

Uzoamaka Igbokwe said...

did I hear you say 'north Africa and arabic?
muslim migrants at it again

Biodun Ajayi said...

Hey, sexual attack. God help.

Blessing said...

Oh Lord please pick up my call

emeka4rl said...

Sorry Germany

Preiz Ibe said...

signs of end times

Ogenah Boris said...

Terrible.....

The Next Rated said...

These are the kind of wickedness that cause nice people to be become hostile. Now the innocent persons amongst then who really need help would suffer for crimes they maybe did not commit. Such is life.



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#Bring back our girls!!

Damilare David said...

Oh no .. it was really horrific that day in cologne . I witnessed the scene.

Damilare David said...

Oh no .. it was really horrific that day in cologne . I witnessed the scene.

merit edeki said...

Hmmmmmmmm. Speechless

Dim jennifer said...

Notin we kw go hear at dis end gym #Desperateme#

Dim jennifer said...

Notin we kw go hear at dis end gym #Desperateme#

emmanuella onwudinjo said...

hmmmmmmmmmm!

Dim jennifer said...

Notin we kw go hear at dis end gym #Desperateme#

Anonymous said...

U do not know anything. Don't u know that the Arabic people fought and killed a lot of black Africans in the Northern and North-eastern part of Africa? Don't you know that most of the people living there now look Arabic. Mumu lawyer

Anonymous said...

Muslim foreigners with no education. So how can they get jobs

temitope faizat said...

Why is it that everything is always about Africa..i think this is the time we need to speak up for ourselves..we Africans are not terrorist neither are we criminals.

Pesin Pikin said...

Seriously???!!!

JENNY IKEJI said...

Na wetin help dey cause taking in refugees from Afghanistan n Iran of all places! Biko dey shud b brought to book!

ossyd2 osamede said...

Animal in humanform

Angel Makiz said...

not our portion...angelmakiz@yahoo.com

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

So bad

Anonymous said...

*despicable*

CONNIES ANGELS said...

Some men are really sick. RIP MY ANGELS!

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