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Germany: More footage shows NYE chaos in Cologne as assault allegations emerge01:47

Germany: More footage shows NYE chaos in Cologne as assault allegations emerge

Germany, COlogne
January 9, 2016 at 02:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Footage shot outside Cologne's main station on New Year's Eve and into the early parts of New Year's Day shows the chaotic celebrations that took place as revellers saw in 2016. Fireworks can be seen going off all over the place, with some aimed at bystanders and the cathedral.

On Tuesday, officials were called in to attend a crisis meeting after allegations emerged of mass sexual assaults that allegedly occurred in the area depicted in the footage.

German Minister of Justice Heiko Mass condemned the events, saying "what happened at the Cologne main train station and other locations in Germany is unacceptable, it must not repeat itself and the offenders have to be punished."

After New Year's Eve, around 60 complaints were reported for anti-social behaviour and sexual assault, including one case that under German law was reported as rape, as hundreds were celebrating the New Year's Eve in Cologne's city centre.

Cologne's police chief Wolfgang Albers has said that the acts were "committed by a group of people who from appearance were largely from the north African or Arab world."

Germany: More footage shows NYE chaos in Cologne as assault allegations emerge01:47
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Footage shot outside Cologne's main station on New Year's Eve and into the early parts of New Year's Day shows the chaotic celebrations that took place as revellers saw in 2016. Fireworks can be seen going off all over the place, with some aimed at bystanders and the cathedral.

On Tuesday, officials were called in to attend a crisis meeting after allegations emerged of mass sexual assaults that allegedly occurred in the area depicted in the footage.

German Minister of Justice Heiko Mass condemned the events, saying "what happened at the Cologne main train station and other locations in Germany is unacceptable, it must not repeat itself and the offenders have to be punished."

After New Year's Eve, around 60 complaints were reported for anti-social behaviour and sexual assault, including one case that under German law was reported as rape, as hundreds were celebrating the New Year's Eve in Cologne's city centre.

Cologne's police chief Wolfgang Albers has said that the acts were "committed by a group of people who from appearance were largely from the north African or Arab world."

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