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Cologne Attacks: Naked Protest Staged By Artist Over New Year's Eve Sexual Assaults In German City

08/01/2016 20:25 GMT | Updated 08/01/2016 20:59 GMT

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS PICTURES OF NUDITY

An artist staged a naked protest in front of Cologne Cathedral on Friday following the New Year's Eve sexual assaults and muggings targeting more than 100 women in the German city.

Milo Moire, a Swiss performance artist, held a sign that read: "Respect us! We are no fair game even when we are naked!!!"

Cologne sexual assault protest

The organised attacks are said to have happened when about 1,000 men - described as coming from "the Arab or North African region" - split into gangs after being dispersed by officers for throwing fireworks into the crowd of revellers.

Thirty-one suspects, including 18 asylum seekers, are under investigation over the offences, Germany's interior ministry said.

The Mayor of Cologne sparked a fierce backlash following her comments earlier this week that women should adopt a "code of conduct" to prevent future sexual assaults in the city.

Speaking on Tuesday, Henriette Reker instructed women on how they could protect themselves, suggesting they stay in groups, not be separated, always try and keep their distance and always stay an arms length away from strangers.

She said: “There’s always the possibility of keeping a certain distance of more than an arm’s length – that is to say to make sure yourself you don’t look to be too close to people who are not known to you, and to whom you don’t have a trusting relationship," she said.

She also advised women to not be in a celebratory mood.

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