I posted some links about this two days ago, but have decided to find some reports in English since there seem to be reports on this in other countries. Garret asks on his weblog: “Is this true, German friends?”
MetaFilter: Cologne Police Chief Forced to Resign. “After more than 100 women and girls came forward with reports of sexual assault and robbery by gangs of men in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve, Cologne’s police chief has been removed from his post.”
The discussion is ongoing, and there are more links in the front page post and the discussion.
Spiegel online international
Cologne Assaults: Police Report Outlines ‘Chaotic and Shameful’ New Year’s Eve.
“Law enforcement officials lost control of the situation in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, according to an internal report by Germany’s national police, the Bundespolizei, obtained by DER SPIEGEL. The author of the report, dated Jan. 4, is a senior official. He writes: “Women, accompanied or not, literally ran a ‘gauntlet’ through masses of heavily intoxicated men that words cannot describe.” The horde in front of and inside the train station was unmoved by the presence of police.”
Chaos and Violence: How New Year’s Eve in Cologne Has Changed Germany.
Mobs and Counter-Mobs: Pitfalls, Prejudice and the Cologne Sexual Assaults. A Commentary by Sascha Lobo (official homepage).
Protests: Police deploy in force at Cologne demos. “Police in the German city of Cologne have turned out in force at demonstrations by far-right groups and their opponents. The protests come in the wake of the attacks on women on New Year’s Eve.”
Refugees: Germany mulls deporting asylum seekers following Cologne attacks. “At a party meeting, Angela Merkel’s CDU party will address heightening security and lowering barriers to deporting migrants convicted of crimes. It comes on the back of the attacks on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.”
Germany: Reports: asylum seekers among Cologne attacks suspects. “Police identified some suspects who harassed women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve as asylum seekers, media reports say. City police reportedly did not want to publicize this because of its “politically awkward” nature.”
Germany: Merkel says Cologne NYE assaults will have far-reaching consequences. “German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the harassment of women at Cologne’s central train station on New Year’s Eve will have a far-reaching impact. She said such criminal acts were unacceptable in Germany.”
Unfortunately Zeit online in English hasn’t published/translated any articles on this yet, but I’ll add more links from other reputable sources other than Spiegel online if and when I find them.
Some German news media seem to have exaggerated the events in their reports, for example Focus, who report:
“In der Silvesternacht versammelten sich auf dem Kölner Bahnhofsvorplatz laut Polizei etwa 1000 Männer, die Frauen umzingelt, bedrängt und ausgeraubt haben sollen. Polizeipräsident Wolfgang Albers sprach am Montag von Sexualdelikten “in sehr massiver Form” und einer Vergewaltigung.”
(My translation:) “During the night of New Year’s Eve around 1,000 men congregated at the square in front of the main train station in Cologne and surrounded, hassled and robbed women. Police superintendent Wolfgang Albers spoke of massive sex offences and one rape.”
They don’t distinguish between a gathering of 1,000 people and the men among them who committed the crimes, which were, according to other media, smaller groups of men.