90 German women were the victims of sexual harassment by the Syrian emigrants, many other Cologne citizens complained to the police of aggression on the night of January 1st, 2016. After that incident, the conflict occurred between the nationalists and their opponents.
The tense situation has gotten more complicated over the last few days in Cologne. The armed conflict between the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident) and “Cologne against Right-wingers” groups occurred on the night of January 10. After the protests, the members of both organizations started fighting, using stones, glass bottles, and petards. The Cologne police broke up protesters, using water jets and service dogs till late at night. During the conflict, a journalist and three police officers were injured.
Right wing activists account for most of the anti-emigrant protests. According to the data of Cologne mass media, there were about 600 right-wing extremists from different German cities that arrived by train in Cologne. During the last 10 days, German citizens have had enough time to realize what had happened in Cologne and in the country on the whole. To put it in one word, Germans’ attitude toward emigrants became much worse.
According to Bild am Sonntag poll results on January 7th, 49% of citizens are afraid of repeating such attacks. At the same time, 39% of respondents aren’t sure that police will protect them from emigrants. In a view of the poll made by Emnid, 48% of Germans support the limit of accepting refugees up to 200,000 per year. The north part of Germany supported these actions strongly, 58% of citizens from northern provinces gave support, 37% of respondents were against these actions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Cologne disorders can cause the review of legislation, positing that a person can't be deported if he or she faces danger to life or safety in his or her native country. According to official statistics, Germany has accepted more than 1 million Syrian and Libyan refugees, and roughly 250,000 refugees have crossed the border illegally. #News #Immigration #World Politics