Merkel ‘disgusted’ by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced outrage over the sexual assaults and thefts that male gangs inflicted on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.
Women have made at least 90 criminal complaints to police about the harassment by gangs at Cologne’s main railway station on Thursday night.
The scale of the attacks has shocked Germany. About 1,000 drunk and aggressive young men were involved.
Witnesses and police said the men were of Arab or North African appearance.
Mrs Merkel called Cologne’s mayor Henriette Reker on Tuesday and “expressed her outrage over these disgusting attacks and sexual assaults”.
There is an intense debate in Germany about refugees and migrants, who arrived in record numbers last year. But Mayor Reker urged people not to jump to conclusions about the Cologne assailants.
“It’s completely improper… to link a group that appeared to come from North Africa with the refugees,” she said, after crisis talks with the police.
We have heard about this but this is from a mainstream source. We will see.