Feb. 20th, 2017

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As it turns out, those mass sexual assaults in Germany didn't happen. Trust snopes to ferret out the truth: http://www.snopes.com/2017/02/15/german-mass-assault-without-foundation/.

ETA: [Removed, because it was incorrect. Orwellian editing at work?]

ETA2: The first sentence of the article says, "German media reports of mass sexual assaults that reportedly took place on 31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017 have been withdrawn after local police discovered that the rumors were completely baseless."

The final sentences say, "The debunked German “sex mob” claim was one of many popular yet unreliable claims about refugees and crime sprees to spread throughout Europe before then appearing in American media.

In 2016, large numbers of robberies and sexual assaults were reported during New Year’s festivities throughout Germany, particularly in Cologne. Germany’s federal police found that at least 1,200 women were assaulted across the country, igniting a debate about immigration after many of the suspects were reported to be of North African origin."

This reads to me not as a negation of the first paragraph but as supporting information for what was debunked.

ETA3: A link from the BBC about 8 Iraqi men being convicted of gang rape that happened in Vienna on January 1, 2016: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39142620.

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