A meeting to decide whether to build a refugee center that would house 1500 asylum seekers ended in a riot in the Dutch town of Geldermalsen near Utrecht last night, the Euro News website reports today (December 17, 2015).
Councilors were evacuated when youths forced their way into the building after tearing down fences and throwing beer bottles at police outside. Several arrests were made, but there were no reports of injuries.
It was the biggest display of anti-migrant sentiment -- around 2,000 people -- in the Netherlands since hooligans attacked a Syrian refugee center in October.
European countries are struggling to cope with the largest movement of migrants since World War II, many of them Syrians who have been fleeing a deadly civil war that has killed some 300,000 people.