This post is also available in: heעברית (Hebrew)


Shock waves in Germany after the new year’s eve riots in Cologne.

The German police was not ready for such a big scale riot and therefore made only five arrests after central Cologne was transformed into a war-zone on New Year’s Eve, as an estimated 1,000 migrants celebrated by launching fireworks into crowds and sexually assaulting German women caught up in the chaos.

The details of the riots involving sexual assaults by large gangs of migrants in Cologne in the early hours of Friday morning are just now emerging.

Dozens of women are now reported to have been molested and “raped”, while dozens more men have been assaulted and robbed.

So far, police have identified 80 victims of the gangs, 35 of which were subjected to sex attacks. Others were assaulted or robbed. Officers suspect there are many more as of yet unreported cases from the night, and are appealing for victims to come forward after their ordeals.

A press conference hosted by Cologne’s chief of police Wolfgang Albers this afternoon confirmed the attacks had been perpetrated by migrants, all of whom were found to be carrying official immigration paperwork by police officers at the time.

“I’m not surprised. Europe did not want to look at the reality and now it hits it on the face,” one security experts told I-HLS.

He added that the police forces in Europe are not trained to handle such riots and they will have to adjust very fast .