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‘Safe zone’ for women set up at Berlin New Year’s Eve event

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Berlin will see a “safe zone” for women for the first time in the city’s history.

Organisers of the Brandenburg Gate party are hoping to prevent mob attacks similar to those that occurred in Cologne two years ago.

Hundreds of women were attacked by gangs of men with migrant backgrounds during New Year’s Eve celebrations in 2015.

The incident happened after Germany had accepted a record influx of more than one million migrants.

A man holds up a sign reading 'No violence against women' as he takes part in a demonstration in front of the cathedral in Cologne, western Germany, on January 9, 2015 where sexual assaults in a crowd of migrants took place on New Year's Eve. / AFP / Roberto Pfeil (Photo credit should read ROBERTO PFEIL/AFP/Getty Images)
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‘No violence against women’: demonstrations after the Cologne attacks

The German capital will this year have a “safety zone” where Red Cross helpers will look after women who feel harassed or threatened.

Additional safety precautions, including a ban on large bags, rucksacks, glass bottles and alcoholic drinks, will also be enforced.

Berlin police have issued advice to women attending the celebrations, encouraging them to seek help if they feel threatened and to avoid carrying a valuable bag.

About 500 security personnel will be at the Brandenburg Gate party, as well as more than 1,000 extra police officers patrolling the city.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out for the celebrations.

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