Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul, of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has advised women to visit New Year’s Eve celebrations in groups.

North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state in Germany and Cologne is its largest city. During New Year’s Eve 2015 – 2016, at least 500 women were sexually assaulted in Cologne, by 1,400 mostly migrant men.

The 65-year-old CDU politician said about this year’s celebrations:

“I would say to my three daughters: If possible, do not go alone, but in groups… When it starts to get dangerous, you make a loud noise and if all this does not help, call the 110 as soon as possible – rather too much than too little.”

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