More German cities and even other European countries are reporting similar “Sex Mob” attacks on New Year’s Eve.
Major cities in Austria, Finland and Switzerland are reporting similar, but smaller, events like what happened in Cologne. The number of attacks across Germany are also growing, with Hamburg reporting at least 53 cases of harassment. (RELATED: Two More Major German Cities Report New Year’s Sexual Assaults By ‘North African Groups’)
Authorities around Europe are cautious about drawing comparisons to Cologne. The Swiss city of Zurich had 24 separate cases along the river in the city center. Six of the women described the perpetrators as a “crowd of multiple men with dark colored skin,” according to a police report Thursday.
Police in Salzburg, Austria’s second largest city, didn’t disclose a specific number of assaults. They said many women came forward throughout the week.
“State police are currently investigating whether these were organized attacks and if there are any connections between individual perpetrators or groups of perpetrators,” police spokeswoman Valerie Hillebrand said Thursday.
Hillebrand emphasized authorities are not trying to cover up the assaults, but rather that women started reporting the assaults after hearing about the situation in Cologne.
The Finnish capital of Helsinki reported three cases of sexual assault on New Year’s Eve.
“Police have… received information about three cases of sexual assault, of which two have been filed as complaints,” Helsinki police said in a statement Thursday.
Three asylum-seekers have been charged for the crimes, according to Finnish deputy police chief Ilkka Koskimaki.
Helsinki upped security for the night after getting tipped off about the possibility of an unprecedented number of sexual assaults.
The German cities that have reported assaults are Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf.
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