The assault, which went largely unreported for days, set off a national outcry after the Cologne police described the attackers as young men “who appeared to have a North African or Arabic” background, based on testimony from victims and witnesses.... Germany took in more than one million migrants last year.... Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister, warned on Tuesday against linking the assaults to the influx of refugees, saying that the ethnicity of the perpetrators was irrelevant.Sexual frankness! As if sexual assault is part of sexual frankness. Even if Carnival were a sexual frankness festival, it wouldn't justify sexual intrusions on anybody. Reker seems to be pushing the notion that immigrants are just a little behind in understanding the culture, but 1000 young men, in one city, in organized groups preyed on women, terrorized women.
Henriette Reker, Cologne’s mayor, called a crisis meeting on Tuesday to address the issue.... The city holds a large festival every year before Easter, when thousands of costumed revelers throng the streets to celebrate with parades and parties, and Ms. Reker echoed the concerns of many about safety during the Carnival season.... “We will explain our Carnival much better to people who come from other cultures,” she said, “so there won’t be any confusion about what constitutes celebratory behavior in Cologne, which has nothing to do with a sexual frankness.”...
From the BBC report:
One man described how his partner and 15-year-old daughter were surrounded by an enormous crowd outside the station and he was unable to help. "The attackers grabbed her and my partner's breasts and groped them between their legs."That's not just "confusion about what constitutes celebratory behavior." It's more of a conspiracy to subordinate women, to drive women out of public spaces and into domestic seclusion.
A British woman visiting Cologne said fireworks had been thrown at her group by men who spoke neither German nor English. "They were trying to hug us, kiss us. One man stole my friend's bag," she told the BBC. "Another tried to get us into his 'private taxi'. I've been in scary and even life-threatening situations and I've never experienced anything like that."