Thursday, December 17, 2015

Geldermalsen: thousands riot over proposed center for asylum seekers

Major riots broke out in the town of Geldermalsen about plans to build a center for 1,500 asylum seekers.  The number of protesters was estimated at 2,000, in a town of 27,000 inhabitants.  A town council meeting which was held to decide on this issue had to be adjourned as protesters tried to force their way into the building.  The police fired warning shots to disperse the crowd, and announced that they had made a number of arrests.  Dozens of youths tore down fences and threw beer bottles and fireworks at the police.  The deputy Justice Minister Klaas Dijkhoff called the incident “un-Dutch”.

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