Netherlands: After anti-refugee riot hits Heesch, residents still adamant ‘enough is enough’02:11

Netherlands: After anti-refugee riot hits Heesch, residents still adamant ‘enough is enough’

Netherlands, Heesch
January 20, 2016 at 02:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 50 inhabitants from the Dutch town of Heesch met the town’s mayor Marieke Moorman on Tuesday evening to express their concerns over the local authorities plan to host 500 asylum seekers in the town.

Speaking with journalists, Moorman said that she recognised people were 'concerned' following the wave of alleged sexual attacks which took place in the German city of Cologne on New Year's Eve and “they are frightened that it would happen here.”

Many of Heesch’s inhabitants who attended the meeting with Mayor Moorman stated that 500 refugees over a 10 year period was “too much” for the small town. One protester commented that "People who are coming here are just people who want to prove their luck in Europe."

On Monday evening a protest of more than 1,000 people against the planned creation of an asylum seeker centre in the town turned violent. Fireworks were fired at the city council, which was hosting a meeting on the issue. A dead pig was reportedly discovered hanging in a tree in front of the site of the proposed refugee centre, with residents also purportedly dumping sand on the mayor's driveway earlier in the week.

Netherlands: After anti-refugee riot hits Heesch, residents still adamant ‘enough is enough’02:11
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Around 50 inhabitants from the Dutch town of Heesch met the town’s mayor Marieke Moorman on Tuesday evening to express their concerns over the local authorities plan to host 500 asylum seekers in the town.

Speaking with journalists, Moorman said that she recognised people were 'concerned' following the wave of alleged sexual attacks which took place in the German city of Cologne on New Year's Eve and “they are frightened that it would happen here.”

Many of Heesch’s inhabitants who attended the meeting with Mayor Moorman stated that 500 refugees over a 10 year period was “too much” for the small town. One protester commented that "People who are coming here are just people who want to prove their luck in Europe."

On Monday evening a protest of more than 1,000 people against the planned creation of an asylum seeker centre in the town turned violent. Fireworks were fired at the city council, which was hosting a meeting on the issue. A dead pig was reportedly discovered hanging in a tree in front of the site of the proposed refugee centre, with residents also purportedly dumping sand on the mayor's driveway earlier in the week.