Inhabitants of a village in the Netherlands organized a massive demonstration against the arrival of hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan, according to reports.
The Dutch government is preparing to detain 800 Afghan migrants at a military camp in Harskamp, a small town with a population of approximately 3,500.
Around 250 people, many of whom were described as ‘young,’ turned out for a protest opposing the scheme, which is already being executed.
Shouting slogans such as “Our people first,” “No jihad,” and “Harskamp belongs to us,” concerned citizens carried banners and made their displeasure known.
After nightfall, tires were set alight and some fireworks were detonated as tensions mounted. Dutch police eventually ordered the crowd to disperse but were met with resistance until dogs were deployed.
Locals say they are concerned for their safety and other potential issues as a comparatively massive group of predominantly Islamic migrants is thrust into their midst.
“It doesn’t fit our culture,” protesters said. “Why can’t this happen in Rotterdam?”
Dutch authorities have already opened three reception centres for Afghan migrants and announced preparations for a fourth.