Media News - Monday, September 24, 2012
Dutch police detained 34 people when rioting broke out as thousands of party-goers invaded a small town for a teenager's birthday after her Facebook invite went viral, local officials said Saturday. The individuals will be charged with public disturbance and more arrests could be expected after police study pictures taken of the Friday night clashes in the sleepy northern town of Haren, police chief Oscar Drots told a press conference aired on public television. "An innocent call on Facebook to party led to riots, destruction, looting, fires and injuries in the centre of the town," Haren mayor Rob Bats said at the press conference, adding that 500 police officers had been called to the scene. Twenty-nine people, including three officers, sustained injuries but none were serious, according to Dutch media. The police had been on high alert after the schoolgirl posted a message inviting friends to her 16th birthday party on Friday, but forgot to mark it as a private event, prompting more than 20,000 replies. (AFP)
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