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Cologne Carnival: 22 Reports of Sex Assaults Despite Heavy Police Presence

Cviol_allemande  Cologne Carnival: 22 Reports of Sex Assaults Despite Heavy Police Presence viol allemandeologne police reported 22 sexual assaults on the opening night of the city’s annual carnival, an increase in attacks on last year’s event.  Of the offences reported at the Women’s Carnival Day, two were described as serious, with a woman believed to have been raped on her way home from the event, Deutsche Welle reported.  The other serious incident saw a female news reporter at the carnival being groped live on air.  As well as the string of sexual assaults, there were also 30 thefts reported as well as 143 reports of bodily harm, while 11 police officers were reported to be injured defending themselves.  The reports of a spike in sexual assaults came amid a heightened police presence at the carnival – where the number of officers was doubled on last year’s event to 2,000 – following almost 500 reports of sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.  While the New Year’s Eve attacks were purportedly carried out by migrants, sparking a rise in anti-immigration sentiment and far right rhetoric in Germany, the BBC reported that the police had refused to state the origin of 190 people arrested in Cologne at the Women’s Day Carnival, stating they were “a cross section of the general public”.  It is thought that one of the people being held in custody is there in connection with the reported rape.

Fears that the New Year’s Eve attacks would be repeated had led to Cologne and Bonn handing out ‘information to refugees’ leaflets that were widely criticised for their approach.  The leaflets were handed out to migrants and included rules to follow, such as no urinating in the street and strict guidelines on appropriate behaviour of men towards women – including the statement ‘no means no’.

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[1] Harriet Sinclair, Cologne Carnival: 22 reports of sex assaults despite heavy police presence, The Independent, Saturday 6 February 2016
[2] Maya Oppenheim, Journalist sexually assaulted on live television in Germany, The Independent, Friday 5 February 2016
[3] Justin Huggler, Cologne Carnival sex assault reports quadruple on last year, The Telegraph,  12:04PM GMT 11 Feb 2016
[5] ZOIE O’BRIEN, Waitress raped on way home from Cologne carnival as sex assaults DOUBLE, The Express, 10:38, Sat, Feb 6, 2016
[7] NICK HALLETT, Reported Sex Assaults More than Double at Cologne Carnival, Breitbart, 6 Feb 2016
[8] Tom Porter, Cologne carnival: number of sex attacks more than doubles, International Business Times, February 9, 2016 16:32 GMT
[9] Atika Shubert and Mairi Mackay, Carnival in Cologne: Costumes, beer … and a lot more security than usual, CNN, 10:25 AM ET, Fri February 5, 2016
[10] ANDY ECKARDT, Cops to Flood Streets for Cologne Carnival in Wake of Sex Attacks, NBC News, FEB 3 2016, 6:23 AM ET
[11] Reported Sex Attacks Double At Cologne Carnival, Sky News, Friday 05 February 2016
[14] Cologne opens Karneval on edge after sex attacks, TheLocal.de,  05 Feb 2016 08:25 GMT+01:00
[16] Cologne Carnival: 2 Rapefugees Arrested, The New Observer, FEBRUARY 5, 2016
[17] Hui Min Neo, Eloi Rouyer, Security has been increased ahead of a carnival in Cologne following mass sexual assaults over New Year’s, Business Insider, Feb. 2, 2016, 4:30 AM


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