Happenings in Cologne on New Year’s Eve (2)

Deutsche Welle:

Cologne New Year’s Eve complaints rise sharply.

“Police say more than 500 complaints have now been filed in connection with the New Year’s Eve attacks, with about 40 percent involving sexual offenses. Germany’s justice minister said the violence appeared orchestrated.”

516 so far – yikes. I wonder how high this number will rise over the next few days.

German Justice Minister: Cologne attacks planned in advance.

“Minister of Justice Heiko Maas has said he believes the sexual assaults in Cologne were ‘coordinated and prepared’ ahead of time. He also accused xenophobic groups of using the crimes to stir up hatred.”

Cologne New Year assault reports more than double in number.

“Cologne police have said the number of women coming forward with complaints that they were assaulted on New Year’s Eve has risen to 379. A large minority of the reported crimes were said to be of a sexual nature.”

New York Times: Germany’s Post-Cologne Hysteria by Anna Sauerbrey.

See also here and here.