AFTER the public outcry over the apparent government ‘dulling down’ of the Cologne sex-assault spree during the New Year celebrations, Germany has announced plans to make it easier to deport foreign criminals and revoke the refugee status of sex attackers.
The decision was announced by Heiko Maas, the German Justice Minister following thehundreds of sexual assaults and robberies on women in Cologne by what were described as ‘men of mainly Arab and North African origin.’
Social media sites were quickly deluged with stories and videos of the attacks and condemnation of the apparent lack of action against the offenders. Some going as far as to claim it was being covered up.
Merkel’s liberal refugee policy is under serious pressure according to the thousands of right wing protesters blaming the Cologne attacks on Germany’s flood of refugees and the fact that more than 1.1 million people claimed asylum in Germany in 2015.
On Monday January 11, the authorities in Cologne reported that 553 criminal complaints have been filed by women in Cologne, of which 45 per cent are for sexual assault. The Police stated that the perpetrators were almost entirely from an immigrant background.
This move by the government, and the springing up of vigilantly groups across Germany, comes as an anti-migrant rally in Leipzig turned violent, leading to a window-smashing rampage, the burning of cars, and 211 arrests on Tuesday January 12.