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18 women sexually assaulted at German festival

Police have made three arrests after a string of Cologne-style groping incidents at Schlossgrabenfest in Darmstadt on Sunday

By IQ on 31 May 2016

Schlossgrabenfest 2012, Darmstadt, Björn Friedrich

Crowds in Darmstadt for Schlossgrabenfest

image © Björn Friedrich/Schlossgrabenfest

Eighteen women have been sexually assaulted at a music festival in Hesse.

Police in the city of Darmstadt have arrested three men, all of whom are asylum-seekers from Pakistan, after the women reported that they had been inappropriately touched at Schlossgrabenfest in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to police, the assaults echoed the events of New Year’s Eve in Cologne as small groups of men “from the South Asian region” surrounded women attending the festival and groped them in the crowds in front of the main stage.

Two or three more men are reportedly still being sought by police, and the victims are receiving counselling.

Around 400,000 people attended Schlossgrabenfest, which was headlined by Die Prinzen, Stefanie Heinzmann, Namika and Miss Platnum, Feine Sahne Fischfilet and Seven.

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