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    Dutch police are ready for a potential anti-migrant manifestations regardless of their scale, a press officer with the Dutch Police Mediadesk of the Oost-Brabant unit told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov On Monday, a massive anti-refugee rally took place in a small town of Heesch in the Netherlands over plans to construct a center to accommodate 500 asylum seekers in the town with a population of merely 12,500. About 1,000 people took to the streets after clashing with riot police.

    "Our unit is called Oost-Brabant, and in Oost-Brabant, a couple of thousand policemen are working, ready to react all over our region. If necessary, we can ask colleagues from other places," the press officer said answering a question whether local police units have enough staff to deal with massive demonstrations and rallies.

    He added that youth arrested during the protest in Heesch arrived from the nearby towns.

    "One person is 21 years old, he comes from a small town called Geffen and the other two are from the town of Oss, they are 20 and 26 year old," the press officer said adding that the three were arrested for resisting police forces and refusing to follow the orders.

    The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

    According to the Dutch authorities, 59,100 refugees sought asylum in the country in 2015, over two times more than in 2014.

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