In both 2016 and 2017, there were mass sexual assaults on women in German cities during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The police initially tried to conceal that most of the perpetrators were either migrants or Middle Eastern immigrants. But the truth eventually came out and it was a major scandal.

We covered the assaults in numerous posts, including this initial post on January 5, 2016, Mass sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne add fuel to migration hostility:

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.” ….

We continued to follow the story as more details emerged and the fury grew, Cologne Sexual Assaults – The Toll rises:

When the full details emerged months later, it became clear that it was Worse than we thought: 1200 German women sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve:

A leaked police document shows that 2,000 men assaulted over 1,200 women across Germany on New Year’s Eve.

The police have only caught 120 suspects. Foreigners make up the majority of suspects, which shows that the increase of refugees and migrants is linked to the rising sexual assault and rape cases across the European Union….

The Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA) document states the assaults took place in Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, and other towns. BKA President Holger Münch admitted that the majority “of these crimes will not be followed up on.” From Süddeutsche Zeitung:

Throughout Germany, the result of the BKA survey, it had 642 given pure sexual offenses, 47 suspects were identified. In so-called combination offenses – when sexual offenses were associated with about theft – counted the Bundeskriminalamt 239 offenses were identified 73 suspects. Most suspects should come from North Africa.

Some of these crimes several women have been affected. So the BKA is a number of a total of about 1200 victims of sexual assault: about 650 in Cologne, more than 400 in Hamburg and other in Stuttgart , Dusseldorf and other places.

The suspects “have been in Germany less than one year.” Münch said “there is a connection between the occurrence of the phenomenon and the strong levels of immigration in 2015.”

There was a repeat of the problem on New Year’s Eve 2017, Berlin: Details emerge about 2017 New Year’s Eve migrant gang sexual assaults:

What should comes as a warning to America, Germany is losing control of its streets thanks to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of uncontrolled migration. Details have emerged of coordinated sexual assaults in Berlin, bringing back the memories of last year’s mass sexual assaults in the city of Cologne.

Berlin Police initially downplayed the crimes, speaking of just 6 isolated cases. With just eight months to go for German elections, Merkel’s government does not want negative press around its “Refugee Welcome” policy. Sexual attacks by migrants gangs took place just two weeks following the Berlin Christmas market attack by a Tunisian “refugee” that killed 12 people and injured 50 others.

On Wednesday, Berlin police revealed the details of sexual attacks carried out by migrant gangs on New Year’s Eve, with 23 cases of reported sexual assaults around Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate. Police confirmed detaining suspects of Pakistani and Iranian descent.

Large police presence was needed on this New Year’s Eve to contain the gangs of migrant men in cities across Germany — especially in Cologne, Frankfurt, Hanover and Karlsruhe.

This year, German authorities, apparently believing they are unable to control the situation, have taken to creating “safe zones” for women, as the BBC reports, New Year’s Eve party in Berlin to have ‘safe zone’ for women:

The new security measures planned for the Brandenburg Gate party come amid concerns about sexual assaults.

A large number of assaults and robberies targeting women at Cologne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations two years ago horrified Germany.

Hundreds of women reported being attacked by gangs of men with migrant backgrounds.

The events in Cologne heightened tensions in the country over the large influx of refugees and migrants – 1.1m people arrived in Germany in 2015, some, but by no means all, fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the New Year’s Eve party in Berlin on Sunday and security will be strict. Large bags, such as rucksacks, and alcoholic drinks will be banned at the Brandenburg Gate.

Women who have been assaulted or feel harassed will be able to get support at a special “safety zone”, staffed by the German Red Cross, on Ebertstrasse.

The Guardian adds:

Berlin police confirmed that this year women would be able to seek help in an area staffed by the German Red Cross.

“The organisers have set up a safety zone for women who have been victims of a sexual offence or are feeling harassed,” a police statement said.

Anja Marx, a spokeswoman for the event, said there would be a tented area with psychologists on hand.

Safe zones are not the answer. Getting control of your streets is the answer. But Germany appears unwilling or unable to do that.