Migrants attacked by mob in Cologne in wake of New Year's sex assaults

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Almost two weeks after New Year's Eve, protesters in Germany are still reeling from attacks that happened that night.

Officials in Cologne, Germany, say there were more than 500 criminal complaints that night, more than 200 of which involved reported sexual assaults.

"I was touched from behind my back, and I was touched under my skirt, and my buttocks were touched. I tried to defend myself, swinging my arm backwards, and I almost fell down the stairs. There was so many people there you couldn't do anything," one person said.

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Police say a group of about 1,000 people, mostly men, were responsible for the attacks. The suspects, police say, were mostly refugees or asylum seekers from North Africa, which has prompted anti-immigration protesters to hit the streets.

"There's a lot of anger, and this is what this is. This is a lot of anger. What these assaults have done is they've fed into the fears of people," CNN reported.

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A woman protests against sexism outside the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Poster reads " Mrs. Merkel. Where are you? What do you say? It's scary". German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced outrage Tuesday at a series of sexual assaults in the western city of Cologne on New Year's Eve, saying the perpetrators need to be found as soon as possible. Merkel called Cologne's mayor Henriette Reker to express her concern about the assaults, which took place around Cologne's main train station, next to the city's famous cathedral. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
Cologne mayor Henriette Reker , left, and the head of Cologne's police, Wolfgang Albers, attend a news conference in Cologne, western Germany, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. The mayor of Cologne condemned a series of sexual assaults in the western German city on New Year's Eve, calling Tuesday for the perpetrators to be "prosecuted in the toughest possible way." Police say dozens of women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed around Cologne's main train station, next to the city's famous cathedral, during the night from Thursday to Friday. At least 90 criminal complaints have been filed, including one allegation of rape. ( Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
Cologne mayor Henriette Reker attends a news conference in Cologne, western Germany, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. The mayor of Cologne condemned a series of sexual assaults in the western German city on New Year's Eve, calling Tuesday for the perpetrators to be "prosecuted in the toughest possible way." Police say dozens of women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed around Cologne's main train station, next to the city's famous cathedral, during the night from Thursday to Friday. At least 90 criminal complaints have been filed, including one allegation of rape. ( Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
Cologne mayor Henriette Reker attends a news conference in Cologne, western Germany, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. The mayor of Cologne condemned a series of sexual assaults in the western German city on New Year's Eve, calling Tuesday for the perpetrators to be "prosecuted in the toughest possible way." Police say dozens of women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed around Cologne's main train station, next to the city's famous cathedral, during the night from Thursday to Friday. At least 90 criminal complaints have been filed, including one allegation of rape. ( Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas delivers remarks on the assaults in Cologne, Germany, on New Year's Eve, in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. Heiko Maas called for the perpetrators to be held to account, saying the attacks were "cowardly and vile." Officials in Cologne are holding crisis meeting following a series of sex assaults in the western German city on New Year's Eve. Mayor Henriette Reker called Tuesday's meeting to discuss the police response to the assaults that occurred around Cologne's main train station during the night. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)
People walk past the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. City officials and police in Cologne are holding a crisis meeting following a series of sex assaults in the western German city on New Year's Eve. Mayor Henriette Reker called Tuesday's meeting to discuss the police response to the assaults that occurred around Cologne's main train station, next to the city's famous cathedral, during the night. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
A police car passes the central railway station in Cologne, Germany Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. City officials and police in Cologne are holding a crisis meeting following a series of sex assaults in the western German city on New Year's Eve. Mayor Henriette Reker called Tuesday's meeting to discuss the police response to the assaults that occurred around Cologne's main train station, next to the city's famous cathedral, during the night. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
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Europe, especially Germany, has struggled with xenophobia for years as the country continues to let in record numbers of refugees.

More than a million refugees came to Germany in 2015 as war-torn countries including Syria, Iraq and others struggled to achieve peace at home.

On Sunday, Cologne police reported at least four instances of gang attacks on foreigners. Several men have been arrested in connection with the New Year's Eve attacks, but police are continuing their investigations and are expected to make more arrests in the coming days.

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