Riot Erupts in Dutch Town over Plan to Build Asylum Centre

World | December 17, 2015, Thursday // 11:29
Bulgaria: Riot Erupts in Dutch Town over Plan to Build Asylum Centre Police officers face protesters as they start to riot at a council meeting in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, 16 December 2015 over plans to open a refugee centre for 1500 refugees in the municipality. EPA/BGNES

Dutch police had to fire warning shots to disperse protesters opposing  plans to build a centre for asylum seekers in the town of Geldermalsen on Wednesday night, the BBC reported.

Demonstrators threw fireworks and bottles at police in protest at the plan of municipal authorities to accommodate 1,500 asylum seekers in the town of 27,000 located 72 km from The Hague

According to local media reports, more than 2,000 people had taken part in the protest, which made local councilors to abandon their meeting convened to discuss the plan to build housing for migrants, SkyNews said.

The migration crisis in Europe is expected to dominate a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday.

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