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Germany: Hundreds of women attend self-defence workshop in wake of Cologne attacks02:38

Germany: Hundreds of women attend self-defence workshop in wake of Cologne attacks

Germany, Cologne
January 16, 2016 at 20:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 100 women participated in a free self-defence workshop that took place in Hueckelhoven, near Cologne on Saturday. The training was organised in response to alleged mass sexual attacks that shook Cologne on New Year's eve.

The organiser, Michael Seefeld, stated that "the situation is unacceptable," adding "I became very angry after the attacks […] and I wanted to help women." When asked about the reasons behind their attendance, some participants confirmed that their fear of refugees has increased since the incidents in Cologne. "I am afraid of refugees because they do not respect women," said 58 year-old participant Heidi Bartels. Other attendees however assured that to them, the ethnic background of the perpetrators is of secondary importance. "I participate in order to be able to defend myself; not against refugees in particular but against men or women who would attack me," 16 year-old Aleyna Fojut noted.

The four-hour class was hosted by Phra Phikanet fight school and combined various martial arts such as Krav Maga and Karate.

Germany: Hundreds of women attend self-defence workshop in wake of Cologne attacks02:38
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More than 100 women participated in a free self-defence workshop that took place in Hueckelhoven, near Cologne on Saturday. The training was organised in response to alleged mass sexual attacks that shook Cologne on New Year's eve.

The organiser, Michael Seefeld, stated that "the situation is unacceptable," adding "I became very angry after the attacks […] and I wanted to help women." When asked about the reasons behind their attendance, some participants confirmed that their fear of refugees has increased since the incidents in Cologne. "I am afraid of refugees because they do not respect women," said 58 year-old participant Heidi Bartels. Other attendees however assured that to them, the ethnic background of the perpetrators is of secondary importance. "I participate in order to be able to defend myself; not against refugees in particular but against men or women who would attack me," 16 year-old Aleyna Fojut noted.

The four-hour class was hosted by Phra Phikanet fight school and combined various martial arts such as Krav Maga and Karate.