Sunday 05 December 2021

There is no party, Haren police tell Facebook users (update)

Police and local officials in the Groningen town of Haren are planning emergency measures to ensure thousands of people do not turn up to a 16-year-old girl’s birthday party, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

The girl announced her party plans on Facebook, but failed to add the event is a private gathering. Word spread from friend to friend, and by Tuesday, the event had gone viral, with spoof videos, dedicated websites, t-shirts and an ‘after-party’, organised by a guerrilla marketing group in Groningen.
A number of YouTube films were put together, promoting the event under the moniker Project X Haren, after an American film based on a suburban party that got out of hand.
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The council is said to be monitoring social media developments to try and get a grip on the situation, which threatens to engulf the smart commuter town of 18,000 people.
‘But it remains very hard to assess what we can expect on Friday,’ a spokesman told the Telegraaf. ‘Our primary concern is ensuring public safety.’
A police spokesman told news agency AFP: ‘Thousands of people have indicated they might be attending… We are taking extra measures, but what they are I am not at liberty to tell you.’
Nos television said on Thursday the girl at the centre of the celebrations will not be home on Friday.
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