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Germans, Syrians and others have protested in Cologne against the sexual assaults of New Year's Eve. As the backlash against refugees grows, some people with migrant backgrounds feel they're becoming public enemies.

Beneath a gray January sky, a handful of men gathered in front of the towering Cologne Cathedral carrying placards and waving German and Syrian flags. Then, as curious bystanders began to trickle over, the men unfurled a banner with a message scrawled in black and green.

"We're refugees from Syria," it read in German. "We're against racism, sexism and war."


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