Not hiding away

Swiss artist protests NYE attacks naked outside Cologne Cathedral

A Swiss artist became the latest to protest the sexual assault of women on New Year’s Eve by canvassing naked outside Cologne Cathedral with a sign that read: “Respect us! We’re not fair game, even when we’re naked.” Milo Moire, a 32-year-old artist and model based in Duesseldorf, says she was horrified by the events over New Year’s Eve and that “as a woman, I want to give an example that women shouldn’t hide away… I will not let others decide what I should and shouldn’t do as a woman.”

Some 516 women were reported to have been robbed, threatened, or sexually assaulted by gangs of men of foreign descent in Cologne over New Years Eve. Police have come under fire for their handling of the incident, and Cologne’s police chief, Wolfgang Albers, has been fired. Chancellor Merkel announced Thursday she was considering increasing police numbers and amending laws in response to the attacks. Meanwhile, women have been taking things into their own hands. Since the decision to open Germany’s borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees, sales of pepper spray and blank guns have rocketed — on Germany’s Amazon website, nine of the top 10 selling items in the ‘Sports & Leisure’ section were pepper spray or CS gas.

Read the full story at RT.

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