Heesch is the latest Dutch town to suffer anti-immigrant protests after police made three arrests on Monday night as a demonstration forced councillors to abandon a public meeting over plans for the town to host 500 refugees over the next 10 years.
The Dutch took over 50,000 people in 2015, but many in this town of 13,000 people want none.
“When they can’t get rid of this mess in The Hague they just dump it in the village here. But we don’t want them either, so they can keep them there, but not in our farmers’ village, not in my backyard. If they’ll rape my daughter, there won’t be 500 cops here to protect her,” said one man.
“I just think 500 is too much. I will be too afraid to go out on the street, here. I just won’t dare it anymore,” said one woman.
The riot came only hours after the far-right’s 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.