New riot in Dutch town against refugee centre

People gather to protest against the plans to open a refugee centre for 500 people in Heesch on January 18, 2016Clashes erupted late Monday in a small Dutch town during violent protests against the planned opening of a centre for asylum seekers, Dutch media and officials said. The riot came only hours after populist far-right politician Geert Wilders called for Islamic male refugees to be kept locked up in asylum centres, saying such a move was needed to protect Dutch women after the New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne, Germany. A Facebook page “Protest AZC Heesch” — which had over 3,000 likes — had called for supporters to join a rally from 7:00pm (1800 GMT) outside the town hall in Heesch.

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