2015 Geldermalsen riot

The 2015 Geldermalsen riot was a riot on December 16, 2015 in the Dutch town of Geldermalsen. It started out as a protest against plans to build a new housing complex for 1,500 asylum seekers.[1][2]

2015 Geldermalsen riot
Part of the European migrant crisis
LocationGeldermalsen, Netherlands
Date16 December 2015
Attack type
WeaponsStones, fireworks, bottles
Perpetrators14 arrested
No. of participants
2,000 local protesters
DefendersGeldermalsen police


On 16 December 2015, the Geldermalsen city council met to discuss whether to build new accommodation for refugees who had arrived during the 2015 refugee crisis. Around 2,000 locals in Geldermalsen came to the meeting to protest, which escalated into a riot.[1] The protesters attempted to storm the town hall, throwing beer bottles, fireworks and stones while city leaders discussed the plans inside. Several protesters, two police officers and a businesswoman inside the city hall suffered injuries during the riot.[3]


The Dutch Secretary for Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, condemned the rioting, saying, "finding shelter for asylum seekers poses difficult questions but there is a limit when it comes to expressing your opinion. The line is crossed when you barge in yelling and rioting."[1]

The city later cancelled the planned housing complex, admitting that the plans had been made too quickly and without enough consultation with locals.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Migrant crisis: Dutch town riots over asylum centre plan". BBC News. 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Thousands riot in small Dutch town over plan for asylum-seeker centre". The Guardian. 17 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Woman hospitalised after she was hit by police in Geldermalsen". dutchnews.nl. Dutch News. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Geldermalsen refugee centre plan dropped in wake of riots". dutchnews.nl. 23 December 2015.