Prominent British Green politics campaigner and former Green party leader Natalie Bennett (right) has refused to accept that “anything significant had happened” on New Year’s Eve 2015/16 in Cologne, Germany, whilst speaking on British radio Tuesday morning.
Breitbart Engaged in a conversation on mass migration to Europe with LBC host Nick Ferrari, Bennett was promulgating the repeatedly debunked notion that the majority of the millions of young men who had come to the continent over the course of the migrant crisis were “well educated”.
Challenging the claim, host Ferrari brought up the Cologne attacks, which Bennett dismissed as “entirely debunked… fake news”. When Ferrari countered in some amazement that the situation in Cologne had been so serious the police chief of Cologne had been forced out of his post over it, Bennet refused to back down, insisting “it’s fake news… there was no final account that anything significant had happened”.
Whilst Bennett claimed the events of New Year’s Eve 2015/16 were fake and later debunked, in fact, the complete opposite was true — and an initial cover-up by the state authorities was broken down and the true events revealed to have been more significant than originally thought.
Breitbart London was the first English language news network to report on the 2015/16 New Year’s Eve attacks after isolated reports of women complaining of sexual harassment whilst welcoming the new year began to surface in local German media and blogs. What followed was the slow revelation that over 800 complaints of attacks were made to police that night, with 659 women recorded as victims of crimes including “group rape”, sexual assault, and theft.
Just as shocking was the news that came in the wake of the attacks of the deliberate obfuscation of the facts by the Social Democrat controlled local government which denied local police reinforcements to deal with the situation, forced officers to cover up the attacks, and then later tried to pin the blame for the violence on police.
Police Chief Wolfgang Albers was fired from his post, as British radio host Ferarri stated, but German politician Ralf Jäger, who signed the order to deny extra police on the streets, kept his job.
Reacting to radio listeners who heard the exchange on LBC Tuesday morning and tweeted at the politician to refute her version of events, Bennett restated her position on the Cologne attacks but linked to an article from the Independent news blog about an entirely separate incident in another German city which was reported to have taken place over a year later.