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Cardinal denounces Cologne cover-up

28 January 2016 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
 
The Cologne cardinal who was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Open Door” immigration policy has written an open letter fiercely condemning the large-scale sexual violence at the station and in front of Cologne Cathedral on New Year’s Eve, and the subsequent attempted cover-up by the authorities. On 22 January, a long list of well-known Cologne citizens, led by Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki and well-known German writer on Islam, Navid Kermani (born in Germany of Iranian parents), signed a “Letter from Cologne” accusing the state authorities and political leaders of deliberately concealing the immigrant origins of the gangs that harassed and assaulted women on New Year’s Eve. They also pointed out that uncontroll




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