01:20 GMT03 June 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    The number of claims to the German city of Cologne's police from women over alleged attacks and sexual harassment on New Year's Eve rose to 379, local media reported Saturday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – Approximately 40 percent of the appeals were over alleged sexual harassment, the N-24 channel reported, citing police.

    ​The number of officers in a special police group formed to investigate the unrest has increased to 100 people, according to the media.

    ​The perpetrators of the attacks on women in Cologne reportedly were small groups of men mostly of Arab and North African origin. The German Interior Ministry announced on Friday that 29 of 32 identified assailants were migrants.

    ​The events on New Year’s Eve have caused rallies by the anti-Islamic movement Pegida and its rival "Cologne against Right-wingers," which were dispersed by police earlier on Saturday. Pegida called on the government to abandon its "open-door" migrant policies, which have led to over a million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa to arrive in Germany in 2015.


    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


    Three Police Officers, Journalist Injured in Cologne Anti-Islamic Riots
    Merkel Considers Toughening Migration Laws After Cologne Attacks
    Cologne Sex Attacks: One More Outrage Could Mean the End of Merkel
    Düsseldorf Residents Create Own Militias After Cologne Assaults
    Cologne Police Chief Sent Into Retirement Amid Sexual Assaults
    German Police Detain Two New Suspects in Cologne Sex Attacks
    Cologne Sex Assaults: 29 Suspects Identified as Migrants by German Police
    Sexual Harassment, Cologne
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via SputnikComment via Facebook