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Updated: Facebook party invite sparks riot in Haren, Netherlands
Posted: 22 September 2012 06:08 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A party invitation which went viral on Facebook ended in rioting and injury after thousands of revellers descended on a small town in the Netherlands.

Haren had been braced for trouble all week after what should have been an invite to a small-scale celebration was passed on to 30,000 people.

The girl whose 16th birthday was being celebrated had not set her Facebook event to “private”.

Riot police broke up crowds of revellers who flocked to the town.

The girl who issued the invitation fled her home in Haren, a town of just under 19,000 near the city of Groningen, on Friday.
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The party had been cancelled and police had issued an appeal to would-be revellers not to come to Haren but at least 3,000 turned up anyway.

“She posted the invitation on Facebook and sent it to friends, who then sent it to other friends and soon it spread like wildfire across the internet,” Groningen police spokeswoman Melanie Zwama told AFP news agency.

Hundreds of riot police were deployed to control the crowds, keeping them away from the street where the girl lives.

When trouble began, officers found themselves being pelted with bottles and stones, as well as flower pots even bicycles, the Dutch news agency ANP reports.

At least six people were hurt and 20 arrests were made as rioters vandalised and looted shops, setting a car on fire and damaging street signs and lamp-posts, according to Reuters news agency.

Some revellers accused the police of over-reacting.

Elsewhere, Dutch media were accused of giving the build-up to the party too much publicity.*

Revellers could be seen wearing T-shirts marked “Project X Haren” after Project X - a film released earlier this year about a party which grows out of control.

Such T-shirts had been selling on the internet for 23 euros (£18; $30) apiece. Some featured a crude logo of a man on all fours drinking from a bottle, AFP notes.

A new Facebook page has since been created called “Project Clean-X Haren” to clear up after Friday night’s disturbances. It had more than 17,000 “likes” as of Saturday morning.

Source: BBC News

More photos and video´s here. Simply look for “Haren”.

* Like the newspaper mentioned above, which was on a daily basis whipping it up, which constant updates etc. Printing photos of the house were the girl lives. And hyping the fact there would be a lot of police…

 

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Posted: 22 September 2012 12:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Facebook and Twitter are very busy now to take down “party sites” who are trying to get people to gather at various places to have a “Haren-style party”.

Source: Various dutch news sites.

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Posted: 25 September 2012 09:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Anyone care to count the number of stories like this we’ve heard of over the last few years?

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Posted: 26 September 2012 03:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I can think of maybe three, including this one.

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Posted: 26 September 2012 07:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I think I could probably count at least 1 a month if I were to go back thru all the papers I’ve read (not all of them have been posted here).  Kids just don’t learn.

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Posted: 26 September 2012 08:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have never set up something like that in Facebook.

Is the default option to set it as public? If it is then that’s the problem.

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Posted: 27 September 2012 04:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Peter - 26 September 2012 08:00 PM

I have never set up something like that in Facebook.

Is the default option to set it as public? If it is then that’s the problem.

That and the event will get shared to a much wider audience.

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