Dutch Protesters Burn Tires in Front of Migrant Housing

Dutch protesters set fire to car tires outside a military base in the central Netherlands, where Afghans are being housed following their evacuation from Kabul.

According to local media, some shouted slogans such as “Our own people first” and “Harskamp belongs to us.”

Authorities used dog handlers to disperse the 250-strong crowd that had gathered in front of the army base. 

A police spokeswoman said did not make any arrests or issue on-the-spot fines during the demonstration on Tuesday night.

Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag and Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld condemned the protest.

“It’s terrible, these people should watch television sometime to see what is happening in other parts of the world,” Bijleveld said.

After being flown out of Kabul, hundreds of Afghans have recently arrived in the Netherlands after flying out of Kabul airport. They are being housed on three military bases, with 800 evacuees being housed at the Harskamp base.

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