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Cologne mayor's 'arm's length' advice to avoid sex attacks draws ridicule

Cologne's mayor has come under fire for advising women to stay "an arm's length" from male strangers after alleged sexual assaults and muggings during New Year's Eve festivities in the German city.

Tim Hume and Carolin Schmid for CNN report: recent coordinated crime wave which has hit Germany hard during New Year’s festivities influenced Cologne’s mayor to issue a ridiculous set of rules on how to stay safe.

German city Cologne fell a victim of allegedly organized crime wave; by so far the police officers have received more than 100 criminal complaints from local women who claimed that they have been subjected to robbing or sexual assault. In their words, the assailants mostly were men of North African and Arab appearance who were organized in gangs. The number of assaults is steadily rising, and the police department of Cologne would not go into details and estimate exact number of crimes.

Hume and Schmid provide facts from police investigation: “Police have said that about a quarter of the complaints related to sexual assaults, including a rape, and that they believed the assaults were probably intended to distract the victims, allowing attackers to steal mobile phones and other devices.

Three suspects had been identified and were being questioned, a police representative told CNN. Police were working through a large amount of cellphone footage from the evening to identify further suspects.

Similar attacks were reported in Hamburg on New Year's Eve, with 39 reported sexual assaults and 14 robberies, according to police in the city, while police in Stuttgart said two women had reported their phones were missing after they were assaulted by a group of men of Arab appearance during New Year's festivities there.”

The incident stirred sharp criticism and fueled public protests: the people of the city debated angrily on political correctness of government’s open-border policy for immigrants, which eventually led to rise of criminal rate nationwide. Moreover, both German Chancellor and Cologne’s police chief have admitted that the crimes have reached totally new disgusting level and attracted wave of public and media annoyance for their perceived silence in addressing the crimes.

Henriette Reker, the mayor of Cologne, added more petrol to a fire of a social unrest when she announced an intention to issue guidelines for behavior during the next major city holiday – Cologne’s famous Carnival which usually attracts thousands of carousers. She clearly indicated that the women of the city should keep an arm’s distance when approaching unknown men in order not to deceive revelers. The statement attracted huge criticism on social media: her intention to place responsibility for the attacks on the victims launched a protest under hashtag #einearmelaenge (“an arm’s length”).

 German Justice Minister also contributed his mite and said that actually he agreed that the perpetrators should be held responsible for the assaults, not the women. Reker later had to issue a clarification to her statement, saying that she was understood incorrectly and her only intention was "to explain to people from other cultures that the jolly and frisky attitude during our Carnival is not a sign of sexual openness."

German broadcaster ZDF also fell under fire for not covering the issue properly because of sensitivities concerning ethic identities of alleged criminals. However, deputy editor stated that the failure was caused only by the fact that he edition lacked time to gain more information.

Schmid and Hume conclude: “Victims of the assaults in Cologne said this week that they feared being killed or raped by the attackers. One woman said she was too scared to go out alone after the ordeal. "The men surrounded us and started to grab our behinds and touch our crotches," she said. "They touched us everywhere. I wanted to take my friend and leave. I turned around, and in that moment, someone grabbed my bag."

Insofar, Germany has accepted the largest number of Eastern refugees and many Germans have already questioned immigrants’ ability to adapt to a European way of life.

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Lionel Baland

In the case of the “rapefugees” in Cologne and in other cities in Germany on New Year's Eve, the press of the system and the system avoided that this events came to light, but the social networks and some non-mainstream media spread the information. At least, after some days, the mainstream press started to write and speak about it. The social media won against the press of the system. 

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Joshua Tartakovsky

The European Left has really lost it. It is impotent. In the face of sexual molestation and rape by migrants in Cologne, it refuses to condemn the actions. It engages in political correctness. Its leaders say women must remain silent and allow themselves to be abused by flocks of men.  It brushes the problem under the rug.
This will lead to people turning to the right and eventually to the far-right.

Apparently, the PC masters decide that the Other, in this case the Muslim Arab, is allowed to do anything and everything he does is justified. The rights of women are ignored. This is madness.

Here is what a the Turkish Hurriyet’s op-ed by  Belgin Akaltan had to say (title: Grabbing and groping ‘Western women’, 16/1/2015). I wonder If this could be said in a European paper:

“What we have experienced all our lives, as modern Turkish women, that awfully shameful phenomenon; the one that we have developed so many defensive tactics and shields against, the one that has wounded our souls and made our characters rather bitter and our faces sullen; this sour feature of our society; I now see that cities of Europe are being infected by the same illness… The unknowing European women, in this recent case, the poor women of Cologne, have been given a dose of this unacceptable, unbearable, inhuman, horrific, life-shaking malady.

We, here, first came across them in masses (We have come across them individually at all times, in all dimensions, on all the streets of Istanbul) in 2006. It was, again, a New Year’s Eve and just like in Cologne, they attacked and harassed women who were having fun at the popular square of my beloved city, Taksim Square.

…Since then, everybody stopped going to Taksim Square on New Year’s Eve. Even street parties in nearby neighborhoods ceased. Now, there is an average of five plain clothes and five more uniformed police officers at Taksim for every standing person. As far as I know, the harassment incidents have decreased. The herds of animals who wander there cannot find any women because the area is full of only them. Apparently, we have exported some of them to Germany.

… In a nut a shell, I think it comes from the fundamentals of the conservative male mentality, the conservative Turkish and, inevitably, the Middle Eastern male mentality that sees women in two categories. One is the heavenly and unreachable “mother and wife” type while the other is the “loose Western women” type. And we, the normally dressed, modern Turkish women fall into the second category.

These animals cannot look in a woman’s eye and speak to a woman normally, let alone flirt or have a friendship, an ordinary human relationship with a woman. They can only stare from a distance, with “dark sparkles” in their eyes… Modern women are unreachable, way out of their league for these men. Normal sex is out of question for single men and women in a conservative society… “

That’s a Turkish woman in a Turkish newspaper. But of course, the European feminists will betray her as they betray the women of Cologne.

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