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Berlin New Year's Eve party to have a 'safe space' for women after hundreds reported being assaulted by men with migrant backgrounds at Cologne celebrations two years ago

  • Secure zone, staffed by German Red Cross, set up for Berlin New Year's Eve party
  • Women have been told to seek help from other revellers if they feel harassed
  • Comes after hundreds of women reported being assaulted by men with migrant backgrounds in Cologne during 2015 celebrations

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Berlin's main New Year's Eve party is to have a 'safe space' for women after hundreds reported being assaulted by men with migrant backgrounds at Cologne celebrations two years ago.

The secure zone, staffed by the German Red Cross, will be set up for the December 31 celebrations at the capital city's famous Brandenburg Gate.  

Women have been told to seek help from other revellers if they feel harassed or threatened. 

It comes after mass sexual assaults took place on New Year's Eve 2015 in Cologne with hundreds of women claiming to have been targeted by men with migrant backgrounds.

In December last year it was reported that in total, 1,222 criminal complaints were investigated by the authorities in Cologne, of which 513 involved an accusation of sexual assault.