MIGRANTS are being slapped with a curfew following a spate of sex attacks on women.
At least eight women were sexually assaulted while enjoying a music festival, leading to the arrest of five young migrants from Afghanistan. The victims, who were visiting the Welser Volksfest wine and beer festival in Wels, Austria, told police they had all been groped and sexually harassed. They claimed the men had put their hands on their breasts and between their legs while inside a beer tent. In the aftermath officers ordered a night-time curfew for all migrants as the mayor of the town, Andreas Rabl, ensured they were adopting a “zero tolerance” approach to the crime.
In a post on social media, he demanded the “full consequences for the perpetrators”. Asylum centres are now enforcing the night-time lock down. And the deputy mayor, Gerhard Kroiss, of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party echoed the mayor’s message. He confirmed he had met with the managers of various centres, reminding them that they have a duty to implement “preventative measures”.
There has been outrage in the town after news of the sex attacks went public. And two other assaults were reported in fellow Austrian towns, where two young women came forward to say they were harassed by a man masturbating in the toilet of a bar in the town of Linz.
In the neighbouring state of Lower Austria, a 21-year-old Afghani migrant was arrested on suspicion of groping a 16-year-old’s breasts and bottom. The German town of Cologne was rocked by a mass sexual attacks on New Year’s Eve, which saw gangs of migrants roaming the streets assaulting women.