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    Sex Attacks in Germany Stir Tensions Over Immigration

    New Year’s Eve Sex Attacks in Germany Stir Tensions Over Immigrationi
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    Henry Ridgwell
    January 06, 2016 8:48 PM
    Police in Germany are investigating what they describe as a series of mass sexual assaults that allegedly took place on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Hamburg and other cities and allegedly involved men of Middle East and North African descent. Three suspects have been identified but their names have not been made public. As Henry Ridgwell reports, the identity of the attackers has ramped up tensions over migration.
    Henry Ridgwell

    Police in Germany are investigating what they describe as a series of mass sexual assaults that allegedly took place on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Hamburg and other cities and allegedly involved men of Middle East and North African descent. Three suspects have been identified but their names have not been made public. The identity of the attackers has ramped up tensions over migration.
     
    Hundreds of people gathered in Cologne Tuesday night to protest against the attacks.
     
    "The perpetrators must be caught and brought to justice," said a woman, who gave her name as Manuela.
     
    Police say more than a thousand men – many of them reportedly of northern African and Middle Eastern descent – had gathered in front of the cathedral on New Year’s Eve.
     
    They threw firecrackers into the crowds - before splitting into groups and surrounding lone women, sexually assaulting and robbing them.  Around 90 women have complained to police.
     
    The attacks have poured fuel on the already-heated debate over immigration.  Alexander Marguier – deputy editor of the political magazine Cicero – said via Skype from Berlin that many Germans are blaming the government's immigration policy.
     
    “You have to see the fact also that this has not happened before.  You know, such a big crowd in the main station of Cologne and also in other German cities, we haven’t seen this before. So there might be a link to this migration policy," said  Marguier.
     
    More than a million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015.  Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday it’s crucial to identify the attackers.

    "General suspicions against refugees that are based on leads saying the perpetrators looked like people from North Africa are just out of place, but,  we should not skip the debate about whether they are refugees or not," said de Maiziere.
     
    In Hamburg, dozens of women were attacked in the city’s red light district, also on New Year’s Eve.  Assaults were also reported in Stuttgart.
     
    Police are trying to determine whether the attacks were coordinated.  Lawmakers have called for any asylum seekers found among the attackers to be deported.

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    by: lone eagle from: Bangkok, Thailand
    January 06, 2016 11:35 PM
    This is the 21st Century where mass attacks on young women occur???

    These sex attacks in Germany even exceed the imagination of Stieg Larsson in his trilogy of Men Who Hate Women (=The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest.

    Unfortunately Sony has dropped the idea of a sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo when it is now needed more than ever to enlighten the World to what women unfortunately have to endure.

    SONY WAKEUP!!!!!!

    by: Tom
    January 06, 2016 8:04 PM
    How you like open borders now? #trump ahead of the curve again

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 06, 2016 6:05 PM
    Angela Merkel was right about one thing, multiculturalism doesn't work. Now she's dragged her nation eyeball deep into it and they are paying the price. The politically correct Kumbaya Kumbaya EU is coming apart at the seams. You can add this to its list of woes. Funny, nothing Angela Merkel did seemed to work yet she got re-elected without any problem. Doesn't say much for German voters. They are also mostly Kumbaya Kumbaya with her all the way. And what can be done to fix it? As far as I can tell absolutely nothing. If Europe remains true to form it will turn to fascism and only compound its problems even further. I'm glad crossing the Atlantic is a lot harder than crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

    by: Daniel from: Seattle
    January 06, 2016 5:57 PM
    There's so much "damage control" taking place in the national press right now as they circle the ideological wagons around their narratives on moral and cultural relativism and multiculturalism....and never has it appeared so facile, trite and contemptible.
    Every news story that fails to identify the impetus of this ethno-religious attack reveals their duplicity and their willingness to accommodate criminality when the explanation for which directly points to their own failing ideological views and subsequent policies...especially on immigration.
    ...and we're next, America.

    by: simmy st. cloud
    January 06, 2016 5:48 PM
    Despicable behavior by the men. Abhorrent response from the mayor. When are we as people, rise above our transgressions, and live as one?

    by: Anonymous
    January 06, 2016 5:28 PM
    These are just symptoms are where Europe is headed: falling back into dark ages.

    Merkel and Hollande will be held responsible in the judgement of history for this.

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