Cologne Mayor’s ‘Arm’s Length’ Advice on Sexual Attacks Stirs Outcry
BERLIN — The mayor of Cologne has inflamed a debate in Germany about migrants and sexual harassment by suggesting that women can protect themselves from men on the streets by keeping them more than an arm’s length away.
If this wasn’t so serious this would be funny as hell. But it is serious and it’s not funny. People of Germany your government will not protect you. You’re screwed.
Two publications have released what they claim is an internal report by a senior officer who was at the scene.
Ministers have said there is no evidence asylum seekers were involved in the violence.
But the leaked police report, published in Bild newspaper and Spiegel, a news magazine, claims that one of those involved told officers: “I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. Mrs Merkel invited me.”
Another tore up his residence permit before the eyes of police, and told them: “You can’t do anything to me, I can get a new one tomorrow.”