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May 20 2019

Three Years Later No Justice for Women in Cologne New Year's Eve Attacks

by Charlotte Hays

Quote of the Day:

It is now safe to conclude that the vast majority of the men involved will walk free and be allowed to continue living in Germany, mingling with women on public transport and claiming welfare benefits, possibly for the rest of their lives.

--The Spectator in “Victims of Cologne Sex Attacks Still Searching for Justice”

 

As Paulina Neuding recalls in The Spectator, there was considerable concern at the time that the New Year’s Eve 2015 sexual assaults on women in Cologne were not being reported because of PC concerns.

The attackers were from North African and Middle Eastern countries.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose policies were largely responsible for the unbridled flood of immigrants who had no intention of assimilating, was moved to promise that there would be a “hard response by the state” to the assaults.

So how’s that working out?

Three years later, it looks like almost every one of the the attackers will escape justice and continue to live in Europe.

More than 600 victims of the Cologne assaults were interviewed and miles of CCTV reviewed, but, as Neuding notes, the results are meager. She writes:

Several men have been convicted of theft, robbery, and similar crimes. But no more than three have been convicted for involvement in sexual assaults – an Algerian, Iraqi and Libyan national. According to a report by the German weekly Der Spiegel in March, these men had provided the prosecution with crucial evidence by taking pictures of themselves with their victims. One of them was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison, while the two others received suspended sentences.

It is now safe to conclude that the vast majority of the men involved will walk free and be allowed to continue living in Germany, mingling with women on public transport and claiming welfare benefits, possibly for the rest of their lives.

The Cologne attacks took place at the height of the migration wave when authorities had lost control over the influx of migrants into the country. Many of those in positions of authority refused to accept any link between the attacks and the refugee crisis.

According to the first Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, the events should be regarded merely as a matter of ‘public order’. During a closed meeting, the leadership of the European Commission vowed to act as a ‘voice of reason’ and reject any suggestion that migration had anything to do with it.

Looks like there is one time when the elites are all too willing to betray the Me Too movement—when being loyal to it and pursuing justice conflicts with political correctness. Then women can wait forever for justice.

As my colleague Carrie Lukas has pointed out, in the painful discussions over immigration, we must acknowledge that not all countries share the values and customs we have developed over thousands of years, and that women are second-class citizens in some parts of the world.

What happened in Cologne on that awful New Year’s Eve reminded us of this, and the failure to bring attackers to justice underlines that painful truth.

 





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