Since the New Year's Eve assaults in Cologne, police have been cracking down on North African street gangs. But not even the risk of arrest and deportation seems to deter the gang members - mostly young men.
A report obtained by German media has slammed authorities for mistakes leading to the mass sexual assaults at the city's train station. Police public relations in the aftermath were self-serving, the report also said.
Police and a court in Cologne have denied requests from two German parties to hold rallies on New Year's Eve. Officials cited security concerns in barring the rallies by the AfD and the far-right NPD.
German police chiefs plan extra New Year’s Eve safeguards, two years after women were molested in Cologne. But a police trade union leader said a mooted "women's safety area" in Berlin sent a "disastrous message."
Germany's federal police have found that over 1,000 sexual crimes were committed across Germany on New Year's Eve. Over 2,000 men are believed to have taken part in the crimes, though only 120 have been identified.
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