The historic city of Cologne, Germany, erupted in chaos over the weekend as 1700 anti-Islamic refugee protestors clashed with about 1300 demonstrators who support resettling Muslim refugees in Germany. Water cannon was used by police on the anti-refugee protestors.
About 500 of the anti-refugee protestors originated in the European group PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West), but were joined by women’s rights protestors and right wing activists to voice their rage at the attacks on German women that occurred in Cologne and other German cities on New Year’s Eve. Of the 31 men charged in the sexual assaults on German women, most were from North Africa or Middle Eastern nations, and 18 were thought to be asylum-seekers. Up to 1000 attackers are thought to be involved.
It’s not difficult to understand the wrath of native German people in response to the assaults on their women. The stories told by the victims — nearly 200 have reported assaults just in Cologne — are harrowing.
One woman reported:
“All of a sudden these men around us began groping us. They touched our behinds and grabbed between our legs. They touched us everywhere. I thought to myself that if we stay here in this crowd they could kill us, they could rape us and nobody would notice. I thought we simply had to accept it.”
Andrew C. McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor who successfully prosecuted “Blind” Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman in 1995 and who has written extensively on Islam, describes the M.O. of Muslim attackers on women:
The Muslim men used a tactic that has escaped the notice of fantasy Islam devotees but is well known to those of us who’ve followed the scant reports on the rape jihad as it has proceeded from Tahrir Square to Malmö to Rotherham: A group of men encircles the targeted woman or girl, trapping her while walling off police and other would-be rescuers. Knowing they are a protected class, the Muslim men have no fear of the cops — “You can’t do anything to me,” and “Mrs. Merkel invited me here,” are just some of the reported taunts. By the time “help” reaches one victim, the assailants have moved on to the next.
As a result of the protests, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party have proposed stricter laws on allowing refugees in Germany, which has already taken in 1.1 million.
But is it too little, too late? Has Germany changed irreparably?