A wave of reports of sexual assault in Cologne in Germany on New Year's Eve has triggered a crisis meeting between the city's mayor and the police. The perpetrators are by the women described as Arabs or North Africans.
The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, Tuesday meet with the police to discuss the wave of assaults. She describes this as "a completely new dimension of crime."
Police have received 60 reports of sexual assault and a attempted rape. The women describe the assailants as a group of as many as 1,000 men who stayed in the area of the city's train station and the famous cathedral on New Year's Eve.
The women have told that the men were of Arab or North African origin, said Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers.
Police estimate that more assault victims will come forward over the next few days.
The investigation of the reports police has received to date is ongoing, and so far five men have been arrested.
But reports of assaults and abuse during New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne, has created fears in Germany about the consequences of the country receiving so many people claiming to be displaced by war and poverty. Both police and politicians have warned that right-wing groups could use reports of crime committed by refugees to feed the growing opposition.
Back in 2011, two women in their 20s were attacked and felt up by a large gang of immigrant men on the night bus in Oslo, Norway. After several women came forward and told of similar experiences, a researcher of violence then warned against what she called "a new and cynical way of assault and abuse", she told NRK.
So "a completely new dimension of crime." Only the increase in number of perpetrators.
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