Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker held a crisis meeting today with her police chief and federal police in an attempt to deflect some of the angry criticism directed at her over last Thursday night’s orgy of groping and molestation by culture-enrichers in the city’s main train station.
The mayor and the police chief have backed off from earlier statements that identified the perpetrators as North African migrants — now they say they really don’t know who they were. And their proposed solutions to the problem all involve requiring women to change their behavior to make such attacks less likely.
In other words: If you didn’t get outta line, girl, he wouldn’t have to hit you!
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this video from RT, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is a more detailed account from The Rheinische Post about the crisis meeting and the press conference, also translated by Nash Montana.
Women must keep “an arm’s length” distance from foreigners
Cologne’s Mayor Henriette Reker met with Cologne Police Chief Wolfgang Albers and Wolfgang Wurm from the Federal police at a crisis meeting. They spoke about preventive measures, so that large events in the future wouldn’t end up like Silvester night [New Year’s Eve]. There will be “behavioral regulations” — especially for women in the upcoming Festival.
With a catalogue of behavioral regulations and a new regulation that in the future large events without any official organizer or operator must have security plans available in order to prevent attacks and incidents like the ones at Silvester from becoming the new norm.
“It is important to make sure that such incidents never happen again,” said Reker Tuesday after the crisis meeting with the investigating police. “We have in the meantime heard that such incidents also happened in other cities. This of course is no consolation to us.” Among others, Hamburg had to deal with similar riots.
“Behavioral regulations” for Festivalgoers
In the future situations have to be assessed differently, it was said. The first thing is to concentrate on preventive measures, which will then be applied immediately for the upcoming Cologne Festival. Additionally, there will be “behavioral regulations” for young girls and women, “so that they will not experience such things again,” says Reker in reference to the sexual attacks during Silvester night. There is already a behavioral catalogue which will now be actualized and soon be available online.
One of the regulations is that women shall keep an arm’s length distance from foreigners, that they stay within their own groups, don’t separate from that group, and in an emergency that they ask surrounding people for help and to step in as witnesses or inform the police.
Additionally there will be behavioral regulations for Festivalgoers “from other cultural groups”, so that “there will be no confusion as to what constitutes jovial and cheerful fun in Cologne, and what openness, especially sexual openness, means and does not mean in Cologne.” But whether such regulations can prevent future incidents is questionable.
Police plan video surveillance and restricted access
Alongside plans for temporary video surveillance there also will be new regulations in reference to the planning of large events. “In the future large planned events without an organizer must also have a better security plan,” said Reker. The city of Cologne could then for instance become the nominal organizer of the event.
The German League of Cities and Towns criticized the police for not intervening with enough manpower during Silvester night. President Roland Schäfer demanded that in the future police commanders must be on location in “full preparedness” when there are large events. For the upcoming Festival, and especially for the upcoming “Altweiber” [European-wide Women’s Festival, the precursor a day prior to the actual Festival events], there must be more uniformed and civilian police on duty, says Police Chief Wolfgang Albers. And additionally it will be made certain that known criminals and pickpockets can be served with a restraining order to keep them off event property.
No knowledge so far about the identity of the perpetrators
According to Police Chief Albers, in the meantime no knowledge has yet been gathered as to the identity of the perpetrators. Granted, a few suspects had been checked, but whether they really are the guilty parties or not, no one can say. With this Albers has basically contradicted his own statement from yesterday. Some suspects are, according to information available to the editor, already known to the police.
|0:00||As we already said yesterday and responded to the issue […]|
|0:04||which means the people are being asked to step up… […]|
|0:10||We do not up until now not have any suspects, which means we also do not know who the perpetrators are.|
|0:15||The only thing we do know, that we have awareness of, is|
|0:20||that police on location have perceived that it was young men at the scene|
|0:27||around the age of 18 to 35 years old, who come from North African|
|0:33||and Arab areas.|
|0:40||There is no evidence whatsoever that what we’re dealing with here is people who live in Cologne as refugees.|
|0:55||We want to have a city that is safe and has a good quality of life,|
|1:01||and in which everybody can celebrate.|
|1:04||And what needs to be added maybe, we already said that this morning,|
|1:09||that we have to do more. Take for instance our upcoming festival and all the devotion we have to it,|
|1:14||that we have to explain a lot better to people from other cultures|
|1:19||that this can’t just be taken as an open invitation.|
|1:27||Well, there’s always the possibility to hold a certain distance, more than an arm’s length,|
|1:32||in other words, not even seek a greater closeness with people who one finds to be foreign,|
|1:36||and with whom one doesn’t have a trusted relationship,|
|1:40||but there are many other cases and possibilities, to for instance walk in groups,|
|1:45||and to not let oneself be separated,|
|1:49||and not just get into the party mood and say, “Well, I’ll just go out with this guy or that guy,”|
|1:53||but to remain and go home with the group that one came with.