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    Wrong Time to Party: German Night Clubs Ban Refugees From Entry

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    A number of entertainment facilities in the German city of Freiburg have banned refugees from entry amid several cases of sexual harassment, the German newspaper Badische Zeitung reported.

    According to the newspaper, "the refugees are either not allowed or restricted to enter clubs and discos in the city." Earlier it was reported about several incidents when asylum seekers were said to have sexually harassed and robbed the visitors.

    Manager of the music club White Rabbit said that they decided to ban from entry those who have only a temporary residence permit in Germany.

    This was not an easy step, but we currently see no other way "how we can solve certain problems with refugees," the manager said.

    Apart from pickpocketing and a knife attack on the security forces, there were cases of sexual harassment, intrusion into the cabins of women's WC and even an attempted rape.

    A visitor of the club described in an interview with the BZ how a large group of African men had come and sexually harassed dancing female visitors.

    "I was surrounded and pushed aside while dancing," the 46-year-old said, adding that she felt threatened because the situation was out of control.

    The decision to ban asylum seekers from entry was made by a number of night clubs in Freiburg amid recent events in Cologne when dozens of women were robbed, sexually assaulted, and raped on New Year's Eve by groups of aggressive men, mostly of Arab and North African appearance.

    After the incident, the German authorities have decided to simplify the deportation procedure for refugees who commit crimes.


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