German Official Warns about Cologne Sexual Assaults against Refugees

German Official Warns about Cologne Sexual Assaults against Refugees
Thu Jan 7, 2016 15:29:48

A German official has warned that anti-refugee groups are trying to use a string of sexual assaults and robberies in the city of Cologne, against refugees.

Ralf Jaeger, interior minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), said on Wednesday that anti-refugee groups were trying to use the attacks to stir up hatred against refugees.

"What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chat rooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women," he said. "This is poisoning the climate of our society."

Almost 100 women have told police they were sexually assaulted or robbed by a gang of men “of North African or Arab appearance” near the city's main train station on New Year's Eve. Among the women two were reportedly raped.

Jaeger lashed out at police for failing to prevent the assaults, saying, "Something like this must not happen again - not only in Cologne, but also in other big cities."

“The police have to conceptually adjust to the fact that there are apparently groups of perpetrators, who assault women en masse. This must not happen in our society and the police as well as the city authorities have to react to it,” he added.

Jaeger also said police identified three suspects, Press TV reported.

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