Austria arrests nine Iraqis over gang rape of German woman
Reuters, Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:01am EDT
Nine Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees have been arrested over the alleged gang rape of a 28-year-old German woman in Vienna on New Year’s Day, Austrian police said on Monday, a case likely to fuel public debate over immigration and crime.
Austria has not seen scenes like those in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve, when hundreds of women told police they had been groped, attacked and robbed by mobs of men.
But immigrants have been accused of isolated sexual and other attacks committed in Austria, which has helped harden public opinion against an open-door policy toward migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere, as the Cologne episode did in Germany.
The far-right Freedom Party, which is running first in opinion polls, has seized on cases…
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