A massive presence of Dutch riot police prevented a second riot in Holland over yet another planned invader center, this time in the district of Overvecht in the city of Utrecht, on January 11.
The meeting, called by the local authority to “discuss” their plans to build an “asylum reception center” in an old office block in Overvecht, was swamped by a crowd of more than 500 hostile residents.
Only the presence of a large riot police unit—called up in the wake of the serious riot in Geldermalsen in December 2015—prevented a full-scale disturbance.
There were however a series of smaller physical fights with a motley group of invader supporters—consisting of communist thugs and local Moroccans who support the invasion. The far larger crowd of Dutch people came off best in these clashes, which were all stopped by police intervention.
What makes the protest even more ironic is that the locals have been spurred into action after years of voting for some of the most extremist left wing parties in Holland.
Overvecht falls under a local authority which consists of a coalition between several leftist parties, namely the Green Left, the Labor Party, the liberal-social Democrats 66 (D66), and even the extremist Socialist Party, which emerged from a Maoist communist movement in the 1970s.
As local news service RTV Utrecht reported, the meeting proceeded with great tension in the air as angry locals filled the hall to capacity—and then filled the street outside as well.
Only direct neighbors of the planned invader center were granted access to the inside of the meeting, upon presentation of an invitation and an identity document.
According to RTV Utrecht, “residents voiced their displeasure” about the planned center.
“There will be abuse, robberies, and burglaries,” one of the crowd told the meeting inside the hall. “My daughter will not be able to walk on the street, and we cannot allow it to happen here.”
When a representative from the “Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers” (COA) said that a “refugee shelter” does not cause any deterioration in neighborhood security, he was shouted down with loud jeers and boos, with many shouting “Liars, look to Cologne!”
The Volkskrant newspaper reported that other residents warned of sex attacks “as had happened in Cologne” over the New Year, and that those events had definitely turned the local people against the idea of establishing an asylum center in the town.
A 44-year-old mother was quoted as saying that she and her daughter were “now afraid of asylum seekers because of what happened in Germany.”
Resistance to the plan grew quickly after the announcement last Friday. A Facebook page, Zeg Nee tegen azc overvecht (“Say no to asylum center Overvecht”), grew rapidly to over 4,000 members, and was the primary organizer behind the large hostile crowd at the meeting.
After the angry meeting, even the local leftist party leaders started expressing their doubts about establishing the invader center in Overvecht, another RTV Utrecht report said. Only the D66 party caucus still expressed itself in favor of the center, but even then with the proviso that the local community not be forced to pay for part of it, as was in the original proposal.
Labour Party councilor Bouchra Dibi—herself a nonwhite invader who has long established herself in Holland—issued a press release after the meeting saying that her party “now finds it unwise to shelter refugees in Overvecht.”
In a statement on her party’s website, Dibi said that “Overvecht is a neighborhood that has to deal with many different problems, including high youth unemployment, poverty and pollution, all of which produce many tensions. Therefore, we think it unwise to place an emergency shelter in an area that is already the focus of much attention.”
Another meeting is planned for later this month, and opponents of the invader center are reportedly preparing another larger demonstration for that gathering as well.