Three Pakistani men seeking asylum in Germany are being investigated after dozens of women said they were sexually harassed at a music festival over the weekend, prosecutors said.
The accusations follow mass sexual attacks on women at New Year’s Eve in Cologne which fueled a backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migrant policy.
After the festival in the western city of Darmstadt, which attracted 300,000-400,000 people over four days, 26 women made complaints of harassment and there are officially 18 injured parties, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said on Wednesday.
“The women complained that they were surrounded by small groups of men who then touched them inappropriately,” a police spokesman said.
In Cologne at New Year, hundreds of women said they were groped, attacked and robbed outside the train station. Police said the suspects were mainly of North African and Arab appearance. The police chief was forced to resign over the incident.