The Mayor of Cologne condemned on Tuesday a series of sexual assaults in the German city on New Year’s Eve calling for the perpetrators to be “prosecuted in the toughest possible way”.
Henriette Reker spoke to reporters after a crisis meeting held with with city and police officials to discuss the horrific assaults.
Police said at least ninety women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed around Cologne’s main train station, including one allegation of rape during the night from December 31 to January 1.
According to German police, witnesses described the assaults as being committed by men of “Arab or North African descent” and that they were gathered at the train station in large numbers looking like a gang.
Lawmakers in the country have sternly warned about blaming refugees for the assaults against the women.