Published on January 20th, 2016 | by I Am Awake0
Cologne sex attacks: failed cover-up attempt begs questioning
The recent mass sexual assaults in Germany exposed a major cover-up attempt by the media, police and politicians as well as the general public’s inability to speak out on the side of what is right even if it contradicts their own belief system.
On New Year’s Eve, in the city squares of several German cities, almost 500 acts of sexual assault, including rape, have now been reported to the local authorities.
In any other case, these assaults would have received widespread condemnation but the fact that they were carried out by mobs of men of Middle Eastern and North African origin is why there was an attempt to keep the incidents silent.
Rather than mass outrage, the incident was kept under wraps by the police chief of Cologne who first described the incident as “largely peaceful” as well as both German and foreign media. That was until the victims began to reveal what happened to them on social media.
497 women have since come forward alleging sexual assault committed by men of “Arab or North African” origin, which has fanned the debate about Germany’s approach to migration after the country allowed almost 1.1 million asylum-seekers into the country last year with no background checks.
The biggest flaw that this whole scandal has made clear is, rather than deal with the horrible incident that has taken place in the appropriate manner, each vested group sought to protect its own agenda.
The first to look at is the German police who intentionally tried to act as if nothing even happened. A police statement the morning after the attacks (original here) mentioned that: “the situation was relaxed, because the police were well placed at critical locations and showed their presence.”
It was only when news of what had actually happened via social media that the police were forced to dramatically change their statement (original here) mentioning that “offenses extended from theft to sexual offenses. In one case, the detectives are investigating allegations of rape.”
It was also revealed that Cologne were offered assistance from police in another city but the Cologne’s police chief, Wolfgang Albers, turned it down. He has since been fired for attempting to cover up the incident.
A policeman even came forward to German newspaper Bild to reveal that there events involving migrants are misreported by police to prevent public outrage: “Should an asylum seeker cut another person’s throat, in the report we would state it was grievous bodily harm rather than attempted murder. It looks better on the statistics”.
But all this would not have been possible had it not been for our next group who tried its best to censor what happened…
The New Observer documented how both local and foreign media attempted to remain completely silent on events that took place:
ZDF one of the largest federal state-owned broadcasters, for example, completely blacked out news of the violence in its daily news program called ‘Heute’ (Today) the following day, pretending that nothing had happened. Viewers bombarded them with complaints for their blatant cover-up attempts, and the ZDF’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief to apologize:
“The news situation was clear enough. It was a failure that the 7pm broadcast [on Monday] didn’t report the events. The Heute editors decided to delay the report… to get more time for interviews to complete it. That was a clearly mistaken judgment.”
The BBC waited until 5 January before reporting on the violence carried out five days earlier, and even then called the perpetrators “gangs.”
France24, the French state-owned English language news service, waited until 6 January to mention the attacks, using the headline “Cologne mass sexual assaults fuel refugee tensions in Germany.”
The New York Times waited until 5 January, to mention the attacks, while CNN took another day before they finally reported on it.
Still, you would expect the German officials to protect its citizens…
Rather than defend the hundreds of victims of her own city, the Mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker instead advised that women should adhere to a “code of conduct” to prevent future assault. These included “maintaining an arm’s length distance from strangers” and to “stick within your own group”. Reker also said a “better explanation” to asylum seekers was needed about the meaning of the annual carnivals.
German interior minister Ralf Jaeger then came out to say that comments made on right-wing websites were “just as awful” as the sexual assaults.
The person most responsible for these attacks in many people’s eyes is German Chancellor Angela Merkel whose open border policy allowed over one million asylum seekers into the country in 2015. Merkel called the attacks “repulsive” but did not pin the incidents down to her loose policy on migration.
But when it comes to actual cases of mistreatment of women, like in the Rotherham rape scandal which saw 1,400 child victims, the rape of journalist Lara Logan in Tahrir Square or the surge of rapes in Sweden in recent years, we have seen a unanimous silence from the usually vocal feminists.
But as in the recent attacks in Cologne, the aforementioned incidents implicated Muslims, which advocates of multiculturalism and political correctness dare not speak out as it will contradict their agenda.
Lara Prendergast begs some important questions in her article in The Spectator titled ‘Why are feminists refusing to discuss the Cologne sex attacks?’
“Surely this is the very definition of ‘rape culture’?” she wrote, before contesting that Cologne’s mayor’s words were the very definition of ‘victim blaming’.
“There is not one mention of the Cologne attacks, aside from in news reports. Why is that? Is it because they are not deemed important? Perhaps we don’t care about vicious attacks against German frauen? Or is it because the details of the story – that the men appear to have been of ‘Arab or North African origin’ who did not seem to speak German or English, and that there is a possibility they are some of the 1.1 million migrants to have entered Germany last year – make it too controversial to touch?”
Final word – Stop sticking up for your team, start sticking up for what is right
The silence of the media, police and politicians in the aftermath of the attacks conclusively proved that there was a systematic attempt to put a lid on the incident as it exposed the government’s open-door migration policy. It also showed that the majority of the general public are incapable of going against something they have pre-held beliefs about, which is just as worrying.
Why is it not possible for those in favor of an unregulated migrant influx last year to also stand up and speak out when migrants commit crimes in Europe?
We all need to stop picking teams and speak up against any cause of wrongdoing or injustice, and even if the results prove inconvenient then we must deal with them and look to solutions.
Hopefully, if anything, the incidents will provide the basis for a proper debate on some of the issues that were overlooked when the migrant influx was taking place without being labeled a bigot or non-progressive.