Following final yr’s string of sexual assaults and robberies dedicated by teams of male immigrants, Berlin authorities are to arrange a “protected zone” for girls throughout the New Yr’s Eve celebrations this week.
The segregation of ladies for the Brandenburg Gate social gathering is a determined try by the German authorities to forestall their uncontrolled immigration coverage from additional backfiring.
BBC Information stories: The occasions in Cologne heightened tensions within the nation over the massive inflow of refugees and migrants – 1.1m individuals arrived in Germany in 2015, some, however certainly not all, fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq.
Tons of of 1000’s of persons are anticipated to attend the New Yr’s Eve social gathering in Berlin on Sunday and safety might be strict. Massive baggage, resembling rucksacks, and alcoholic drinks might be banned on the Brandenburg Gate.
Ladies who’ve been assaulted or really feel harassed will be capable of get help at a particular “security zone”, staffed by the German Purple Cross, on Ebertstrasse.
Town’s police have additionally issued recommendation to girls, encouraging them to hunt assist in the event that they really feel threatened and to hold a small bag with no valuables.
Cologne officers arrange a “safety level”, staffed by social staff and psychologists, on the metropolis’s 2016 carnival following the New Yr’s Eve assaults.
However the thought of a particular protected zone for girls at massive public occasions has not been welcomed by everybody.
Critics say it doesn’t sort out the perpetrators of sexual violence, whereas some others complain it’s discriminatory.