THOUSANDS of furious residents took to the streets and rioted after officials announced plans to house asylum seekers in their town.
Police fired warning shots in a bid to disperse the crowd in Geldermalsen, Netherlands where 2,000 people joined the protest.
Pictures and videos of the incident showed dozens of youths tearing down fences, throwing beer bottles and fireworks at police, and chanting slogans against the proposed centre for asylum-seekers in the town of 27,000.
A meeting of the town’s council to decide on whether to build the centre to house 1,500 asylum-seekers had to be halted.
In dramatic scenes the meeting was evacuated by shouting policemen as rioters sought to force their way into the building.
The incident was the biggest display of anti-migrant sentiment in the Netherlands since hooligans attacked a Syrian refugee centre in October.
European countries are struggling to cope with the largest movement of migrants since World War Two, many of them Syrians who have come via Turkey, Greece and the Balkans.
Full article: Thousands RIOT on streets after officials threaten to build asylum centre in tiny town (Express)