The tensions simmering beneath Germany's willingness to take in one million migrants blew into the open today (January 5, 2016), after it was revealed that scores of young women in Cologne, Germany had been groped and robbed on New Year's Eve by gangs of men described by the authorities as having "a North African or Arabic" appearance, the NY Times website reports.
Taking advantage of the New Year's Eve street party, hundreds of young men broke into groups and formed rings around young women, refusing to let them escape, the authorities said. Many groped the women while others stole their wallets or cellphones.
The women who were attacked screamed and tried to fight their way free, a man who had struggled to protect his girlfriend told German public television. Anti-immigrant Germans claimed the attacks illustrate the dangers of accepting huge numbers of migrants.
The Cologne police said that they had received 90 complaints from victims, including two women who said they had been raped. No arrests have been made.