Riot police fired warning shots in Geldermalsen on Wednesday night after protests about plans to build a refugee centre in the Gelderland town erupted into violence.

Police sealed off the town hall where the debate on the plans was taking place with fencing, but protesters, said to number about 100, pelted the building with bottles, bricks and fireworks. Several windows were smashed.

The meeting was abandoned on the advice of the police. Some 15 minibuses carrying riot police had been drafted in to deal with the trouble.

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