Police have removed two dead pigs from a site suggested as a potential refugee centre close to the Brabant village of Heesch.
One pig was placed on top of a building, the other hung by a metal chain from a tree. Nearby signs read ‘The people say no to the AZC (asylum centre)’ and ‘500 is too many’.
On Tuesday night, the local council proposed establishing a settlement centre for 500 refugees for up to 10 years next to the village. Heesch, which is close to Oss, has a population of 12,000.
One man told the Brabants Dagblad: ‘We are not against having a refugee centre in Heesch. We are against the proposed size and time frame.’
‘We don’t want to leave people out in the cold,’ another told broadcaster RTL news. ‘But we are shocked at the numbers. We were thinking of 75.’
According to Roel Kuilder of local broadcaster Omroep Maasland police took the pigs but left the signs. ‘We cannot take them if they are not discriminatory,’ he quoted one police officer as saying.
In November, 12 pigs’ heads were dumped in a field near Enschede earmarked as a new asylum seekers’ reception centre.
En hierboven ligt ook een varken. Misselijkmakend. pic.twitter.com/2vyfRaKbfI
— Roel Kuilder (@roelkuilder) January 13, 2016
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