The sexual assaults at the Welser Volksfest wine and beer festival have provoked sharp reactions from the city administration in the Austrian city of Wels. The city has decided that all migrants in the asylum homes in the city must return to their accommodation by 8pm and remain there until the morning. The city hopes that the move will prevent further sex attacks at the festival which lasts until the end of the week reportsKurier.
According to authorities at least eight women were sexually assaulted at the festival earlier in the week. The police say that all the attackers were asylum seekers from Afghanistan. The five Afghan men aged 15 to 16 are said to have groped the women’s breasts and tried to put their hands up their skirts in one of the beer tents at the event.
In reaction to the attacks the mayor of Wels, a member of the anti-mass migration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), said that in the aftermath of the attacks he would employ a “zero tolerance” policy toward the underage migrants. Taking to social media the mayor said that there would be serious consequences for any migrants who had sexually assaulted women in his city.
Vice mayor Gerhard Kroiss, also of the FPÖ, echoed the statements of the mayor and said that all the asylum homes have a duty to make sure they know where the young men under their care are and what they are doing. He said it was the responsibility of the homes to enact “preventative measures” to ensure the safety of women in the town.
Migrant sex attacks at various public festivals have become rampant since the mass attacks that occurred on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. The countries most affected by the attacks are Germany, Austria and Sweden. The cases have skyrocketed since the start of the summer.