The joys of Islamic migrants.
COLOGNE will deploy TEN times the number of police officers it had on the streets last December at its 2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Officials are determined to avoid at all costs a repetition of the disgraceful scenes of the last day of the year in 2015 when mobs of immigrant men sexually assaulted and robbed hundreds of women in and around the main railway station.
Cologne released details of its security plan for the festivities on Monday with the highlight being a deployment of 1,500 police officers.
Last year police responded too late and in too few numbers to assist the 1,000 odd women who fell prey to the marauding gangs of – mostly – North African men.
There will also be an additional 600 public order officers and “significantly more” private security workers, according to a city spokesman.
Cologne’s police chief was suspended from his position after the mayor said police had failed to inform her fully of the sexual assaults and was later replaced.
This year the main area where the assaults occurred – between the cathedral and the main train station – will see a total ban on fireworks. Last year many rockets and powerful air bombs were released into the crowd of milling revellers.
Extra video cameras are being installed too. It is understood that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s staff have been kept informed of the security measures: what happened last year severely dented her popularity and called into question the wisdom of her open door immigration policy.
“We want above all to know what the atmosphere is like,” a police spokesman said regarding the online surveillance. Police have drafted in translators fluent in Arabic languages to pinpoint potential troublemakers.
A light show by artist Philipp Geist, involving words, shapes and colours projected onto the ground and building facades, is the highlight of the celebrations this year and choirs will be performing for free.
“The best answer to the fright of last year is to develop other imagery through a positive art event,” said Geist.
No, it is to ban so-called migrants and deport them back to their countries.