Despite the safe zones and heavy police presence, some women in Berlin experienced sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve.
From the notes accompanying this RT video:
Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate New Year’s Eve celebrations, police spokesperson Thomas Nollendorf confirmed on Monday.
Here’s a report from Fox News about last night’s events in Berlin:
Sexual Assaults Reported in Berlin Despite ‘Safety Area’ For Women
At least 13 cases of sexual assault were reported in Germany’s capital on New Year’s Eve — despite the city’s creation of a “safety area” for women to celebrate the arrival of 2018 near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.
Police made seven arrests, according to Fox News and multiple German media reports, but no information was released about the suspects.
A local police spokeswoman told Fox News that police were still gathering information about the night’s reported crimes, but did not disclose more information about the detained people.
As midnight neared in Germany, Berlin police tweeted that they were receiving reports of sexual assaults, but warned that the force does not tolerate such crimes.
After being asked on Twitter about the nationality of the perpetrators, police declined to provide the information — saying ethnicity or national origin would have no bearing on the cases.
|00:03||Thirteen sexual offenses have been noted in the party zone at the Brandenburg Gate.|
|00:10||We were able to arrest seven suspects for those.|
|00:20||In most of these cases, women were groped in the crotch or on their buttocks.|
|00:25||This was reported to the police, and therefore, we were able to apprehend seven suspects.|
|00:31||…how many crimes occurred, and therefore this is just a preliminary assessment.|
|00:38||The suspects mainly were young men from Afghanistan and Syria.|
|00:51||Considering the fact that several hundred thousand people were peacefully celebrating in Berlin,|
|00:55||the night was, from the perspective of the police, largely without disturbances.|
|00:59||Although there were a few cases where the police had to intervene: damage to property, and battery.
Hat tip for the article: Howard.