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Berlin New Year's Eve Safe Zone for Women Created

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Police officers look on as security personnel check visitors arriving for New Year's Eve celebration festivities in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Dec. 31, 2016, in Berlin, Germany. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 12:08 PM

Berlin's New Year's Eve celebrations planned for the Brandenburg Gate party will include a safe zone created for women amid concerns of sexual assault, BBC reported.

Event organizers want to avoid repeating Cologne's New Year's Eve celebrations two years ago, during which hundreds of women were assaulted and robbed by gangs of men identified as being from immigrant backgrounds.

The reports sent shockwaves across Germany and fueled anti-migrant sentiment at a time when the country was welcoming over 1.1 million refugees, The Sun reported.

Following this, city officials embarked upon a campaign to set up safe zones for women vulnerable to such attacks.

"We are aware these carnival days are a challenge for us to show that we have learned from the terrible events of New Year's Eve," Guido Kahlen, a city council member, said at the time, according to The Telegraph.

Thousands are expected to attend the New Year's Eve party, Metro noted, but strict security measures will be in place.

Police have urged any woman that has been assaulted, or who feels that she is being harassed, to go to the safety zone, where members of the German Red Cross will be on standby to provide support.

Women have also been advised to avoid bringing valuable items along to the celebrations and, should they feel threatened in any way, are urged to seek help.

As additional safety measures, authorities are not permitting partygoers to bring along large bags, backpacks or alcohol.

BBC noted that critics of special safe zones set up for women at large public events said it was discriminatory and that avoided tackling the real issue.

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