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German Town Bans Male Refugees From Public Pool After Harassment Complaints

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The western German town of Bornheim banned refugee man from attending a public swimming pool after a series of sexual harassment complaints from local women, a city spokesman said Friday, as cited by local media.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Spiegel magazine, the incidents could not be amounted to illegal action and local authorities had to act on their own. The measure was introduced temporary, before local social workers would be able to tell that the refugees understood the message.

Refugees residing in a Bornheim center had access to the local pool as a part of benefits, provided by the local authorities.

​Germany has been experiencing a wave of refugee-related sexual harassment and assaults toward women, as over 500 criminal complaints have been filed by women in Germany accusing small groups of purportedly Arab and North African men with robbing, threatening or sexually assaulting them on New Year’s Eve.

Earlier in the day, the municipal office of the western German town of Rheinberg announced of cancelling next week’s carnival procession to one of its suburbs due to heightened risks of assaults by refugees.

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