Women have lodged more than 100 complaints to police about the harassment by gangs at Cologne’s main railway station.
Dozens of women were repeatedly touched and groped, with one also alleged raped in the center of town. Germans have been shocked by the scale of the attacks, involving many groups of drunk and aggressive young men. Witnesses and police said the men were of Arab or North African appearance and estimated to be more than 1000. The Mayor of Cologne said that women should adopt a “code of conduct” including maintaining an arm’s length distance from strangers, sticking within your own group, informing the police if you are the victim to prevent future assault.
Mayor also warned young women about potential dangers of drunken events.