Mass sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne add fuel to migration hostility
“Arab or North African” appearance of organized groups stokes politics of migration and immigration.
This story is the sum of the worst fears about the migrant crisis, and is sure to reverberate widely as more European countries seek to impose border controls.
Germany’s Deutsche Welle reports, String of New Year’s Eve sexual assaults outrages Cologne:
Police in the western German city of Cologne responded on Monday to outrage over a string of sexual crimes over New Year’s Eve. According to police, the series of assaults in one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares represented a “completely new dimension of crime.”
Some 90 criminal complaints, including one allegation of rape, have been brought to the Cologne police department after women said they were molested by a crowd of men who had gathered in the city’s famous square between its central train station and towering Gothic cathedral. Authorities expect more victims to come forward in the next few days.
City police chief Wolfgang Albers said the crowd was composed of up to 1,000 heavily intoxicated men who gave the appearance of being “Arab or North African” in background.
The police chief told German news agency dpa that the incidents represented “an intolerable situation” for Cologne. His department has already assembled a task force to deal with the matter.
The BBC reports that there were similar attacks, though on a smaller scale, in Hamburg:
The scale of the attacks on women at the city’s central railway station has shocked Germany. 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.
Women were also targeted in Hamburg.
But the Cologne assaults – near the city’s iconic cathedral – were the most serious, German media report. At least one woman was raped, and many were groped.
Most of the crimes reported to police were robberies. A volunteer policewoman was among those sexually molested….
What is particularly disturbing is that the attacks appear to have been organised. Around 1,000 young men arrived in large groups, seemingly with the specific intention of carrying out attacks on women.
Already it is a political issue as relates to Germany’s welcome of close to a million migrants this year. The NY Times reports:
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.”….
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!”
The Deutsche Welle article above demonstrates how even police are sensitive to the political implications:
The leader of the North Rhine-Westphalia branch of Germany’s main police union, Arnold Plickert, called the crimes “a massive attack on basic rights” and said justice must be seen through even if it has “politically uncomfortable” consequences.
Plickert warned, however, against exploiting the incident to stir up anti-refugee sentiment.
“Any refugees who have a problem integrating into our open society and respecting the rights of other people” must be dealt with using the “full force of the law,” he said, though adding that the public should not forget that “the great majority of the people who have come to us have done so because their lives are no longer safe in their homelands.”
When I first heard of this incident, I immediately thought of the repeated organized assaults on women in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Arab Spring protests in 2011, including of Lara Logan.
Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, says women should have code of conduct to prevent future assaulthttps://t.co/gjADHToy3X
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South Africa, Sweden, and now Germany. Egypt was also momentarily exposed to the machinations of the social justice movement. Probably Serbia too. The consequences of anti-native policies are unmistakable.
“…but these are refugees.”
The refugees “were no longer safe in their homelands.”
But guess what? Now you will no longer be safe in yours.”
Funny how forced multicultural parity works.
Yes, in much the same way that “income equality” works for the collectivists. Somebody has a shitty situation? Solution? EVERYBODY has a shitty situation. There, equality! Problem solved.
“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.”
LOL. Yeah, right.
Did he also mention that Islam is a Religion of Peace, that Jesus would have welcomed all the refugees, and that diversity is Germany’s greatest strength?
No doubt it’s completely coincidental that the mobs of foreign criminals organizing to assault, rape, and rob Germans in Germany are of the same ethnicity as the hundreds of thousands of foreign “refugees” that the German government invited in to plunder Germany.
Move along, volks, nothing to see here.
The premise of the quasi-religious pro-choice doctrine is the belief that principles do not matter. That they are not good predictors of future orientations and behaviors. And that they cannot be used to construct classes of people. However, skin color, gender, and similar superficial characteristics are good predictors and a legitimate basis for class construction.
Aside from increased criminal activity, including murder and rape, immigration and migration cannot, for self-evident reasons, exceed the rate of assimilation and integration. The consequences of anti-native policies are visible in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and America too.
Germany is under major terrorist alert. On New Years Eve the square between the Hauptbahnhoff and the Cathedral is wide open, was packed with people, and crawling with cops, including SWAT teams. And there are up to 90 attacks on women over a period of time, carried out by Muslim males, including against a female cop; and there is absolutely no reaction, no arrests, no attempts to prevent more attacks.
They were under orders to stand down. The government threw the people to the wolves, and hopefully the people know it and payback is coming.
I agree, Professor; I immediately thought of Lara Logan when I read one of the descriptions of the assaults. Women, even today, are not safe on the streets of Cairo, and now this disrespect for women has moved to Europe. It’s not all Muslim males, but their culture is going to continue to produce significant numbers of males willing to mistreat women.
It should go without saying that “culture” includes the religion.
I know this won’t get me any love, but I’ve been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and it ain’t no good place for a female, either.
Probably not, but the main square in Cologne hasn’t traditionally been one of those places where women can expect sexual assault.
Are you completely unaware of what’s been happening in Europe over the past decade or two? Cities that used to be quite safe for women walking home alone at night (as I did in Munich years ago) have become places of menace and violence, courtesy of their swelling Muslim populations.
It isn’t ethnic Swedes and Norwegians who are causing the rape epidemic in Scandinavia. Crime is rampant in places where formerly you could drop your wallet and have essentially a 100% chance of getting it back with all the cash. Norwegian police in the Muslim-dominated district of Gronland recently said that “Oslo is lost.” Blond schoolchildren have been so harassed by Muslims that their families flee the neighborhood.
It isn’t ethnic Frenchmen or Buddhists who are perpetrating those routine carbecues and riots in the banlieues. The 700+ officially designated “zones urbaines sensibles” (or zones de non-droit) in France are places with a high concentration of Muslims. (They include the area around the historic Basilica of St.-Denis, with its tombs of numerous French kings.)
It was Muslims who created the sex-grooming (i.e. gang-rape) rings in Rotherham and other British cities. Muslim-heavy towns and neighbors in Britain (e.g. Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest) have become increasingly unwelcoming to non-Muslims — and the response of the authorities is mainly to clamp down on criticism of Islam and its pathologies, which apparently is easier than trying to civilize Muslims.
Europeans need to keep their women safe by importing more goats.
The mayor of Cologne will put out suggestions for what the WOMEN can do to not get raped.