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Now in looking at the article that you linked, it looks to me as if the police force was, in fact, not able to control the situation. There was a wall of sober hooligans who kept the police at bay while their cohorts carried out their robbery and sexual assaults. And reinforcements were not available because they were occupied elsewhere tending to the refugee influx. Is that correct?
originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
a reply to: Siddharta
But here is the thing. This wasn't being reported in the main news stations or newspapers, meanwhile some local media did report it.
More than 170 women have now come forward to file criminal complaints about that night,120 of them for sexual assault. But in the days that followed, most of Germany had no idea what had happened in the heart of one of its biggest cities, as the events went almost completely unreported.
In fact the truth began to emerge on social media within hours. One of the first accounts was posted on the Facebook page of Nett-Werk Köln, a group of around 140,000 members who more usually share tips on party venues and advertise missing cats.
Many in Germany are asking how such a serious outbreak of sexual assaults in a major European city went unreported by the national press for five days. Part of the answer appears to lie in a press release issued by the Cologne police on New Year’s Day. “Relaxed atmosphere: celebrations largely peaceful,” it read. It is now clear that the events of the previous evening were anything but “relaxed” or “peaceful”.
Wolfgang Albers, the Cologne police chief, was removed from his post this week after he repeatedly insisted there was no evidence asylum-seekers were involved. But Bild quoted a senior police officer in Frankfurt as saying it was standard policy to keep offences by asylum-seekers from the media.
originally posted by: DexterRiley
And we can't forget other countries:
- Helsinki, Finland
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Kalmar, Sweden
- Vienna, Austria
- Paris, France