The ban on marches through The Hague Schilderswijk district is to be challenged in the courts by the extreme right-wing group NVU, Dutch media report.

The Hague mayor Jozias van Aartsen announced the ban during an emergency meeting of the city council on Thursday evening, called after riots in the district last weekend.

'I am more sorry than I can say that I have had to take this decision,' said Van Aartsen, who broke off his holiday to attend the meeting.

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