According to local media, the protest, which took place on Tuesday evening, was initially peaceful. About 250 people participated in it. Residents of the village of Harskamp, in the Eddy commune, opposed housing some 800 Afghan refugees in a military camp in the village.
The demonstrators chanted “Locals first!” , “Harriscamp us!” , “Get out of here!”
According to De Telegraaf, young men from neighboring towns participated in the demonstration. At about 10 pm, the situation got out of hand and the demonstration turned into a riot. There is no information about the arrested or injured persons yet.
The military base in Harskamp is the third reception site for Afghan refugees in the Netherlands. The other two are located in Zoutkamp in the north of the country and Zeist in the center of the Netherlands.
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