More Than 500 Crimes Committed On New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany

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More than 500 criminal cases were committed on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, with 40 percent involving sexual assault.

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A significant increase from the 379 cases on record Saturday, BBC News reports that “the crime spree led to criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy.” Most suspects, police note, are “asylum-seekers and illegal migrants from North Africa.”

German authorities now seek to determine whether these crimes are linked to others committed elsewhere, and if they were in some way coordinated. From BBC News:

“Justice Minister Heiko Maas told the Bild newspaper on Sunday that he was convinced the attacks were pre-arranged.

‘If such a horde gathers in order to commit crimes, that appears in some form to be planned,’ he said. ‘Nobody can tell me that this was not co-ordinated or prepared.’

Authorities and witnesses say the attackers were among about 1,000 people, mostly men, who congregated at Cologne’s central train station before breaking off into small groups that molested and robbed women.

Police investigating the attacks say they are concentrating their inquiries mainly on suspects of North African origin.”

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Thus far, the police have been met with harsh critique for the way they have handled these investigations. The attacks seemed to yield little immediate response from authorities, and the chief of police for North Rhine-Westphalia, Wolfgang Albers, has been suspended for allegedly concealing information, including the suspects’ origins.

On New Year’s Eve, Germany saw attacks of a similar kind in both Hamburg and Stuttgart.


Contact the author at rachel.vorona.cote@jezebel.com.

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violetgatesy
VioletGatesy

I am glad you guys posted something, the mainstream media’s insistence on burying this story because they are afraid it may cause people to be racist/biased/whatever is abhorrent. Hundreds of women were sexually assaulted in a coordinated attack, this should be the number one story. It isn’t even on CNN’s front page, and it barely was the day after it happened. I would hope that the liberal media could be confident enough in its viewers/supporters intelligence to understand that not all Muslims are going to do this and report on this in the manner they would if it was a group of white men who did it.