Dutch cops swamped after 'Project X' party

The Hague - Riot police went into action in a sleepy Dutch town late on Friday to contain thousands of party-goers who turned up after a teenager's birthday invite on Facebook went viral.

Dutch news agency ANP quoted a correspondent as saying the situation in Haren near the northern city of Groningen was getting out of control as police were pelted with stones, bottles, bicycles and pots of flowers by angry youths.

Describing "chaos", ANP quoted local police as saying several people had been injured, two seriously. Four arrests were made, but police said more could be expected after pictures they took were studied.

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.

Public television station NOS said up to 4 000 people, the vast majority of them young, had turned up in Haren, population 18 000. Cars and doorways were damaged by objects thrown at police blocking the street where the girl lives.

Riot police made several charges to disperse the youths trying to get access to the downtown street. The birthday girl had meanwhile fled her home earlier in the day.

"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 spokesperson Melanie Zwama told AFP.

Several websites have sprung up dedicated to the party and referring to 2012 US teen film Project X - about a suburban birthday party getting out of control after an invitation goes viral.

One site referred to Friday's party as "Project X Haren", counting down the seconds to the event and claiming 150 000 people had been invited.

It also published the party's address, adding: "By all means bring some friends!"

Previously Project X  parties have run riot in different parts of the world including Germany, Australia and especially the United States, where teens wrecked an unoccupied Texas home, causing damage of up to $100 000.

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Harley Quin 2012-09-22 10:12:45 AM
LOL, kids will be kids, but i guess the poor girl is grounded until her 65th birthday
MorganP 2012-09-22 10:27:26 AM
Jacques 2012-09-22 10:27:41 AM
Savages. I really do not see the appeal in going to such an orgy of an event. You will literally get killed or raped or bliksemi-ed, and for what? To be able to say you clicked 'yes' on some FB event? Pah!
ridg01 2012-09-22 10:27:50 AM
Sorry but these are NOT kids just being kids! My children don't even put their feet up on a couch in someone elses home, never mind crashing and trashing someone elses party and property! They sound like a lawless bunch of idiots with zero parental guidance.
boomerangbobotie.dyingbreed 2012-09-22 10:32:06 AM
Ummm ja. Imagine that most of those teens are boys, and they are coming for your daughter. Now if have seen the movie Zombieland, guess what Dad will be doing next.
Vernon Scott 2012-09-22 11:23:28 AM
I had to laugh when I read this . Crazy
Mark the Spark 2012-09-22 11:33:29 AM
Now you know where the term "Crazy Dutchman" comes from. ;)
Arné Inkululeko 2012-09-22 11:33:46 AM
Why turn violent though?
Mary Sadler-Altena 2012-09-22 11:33:53 AM
Isn't that what the hippies called 'happenings', like Woodstock in the nineteen-sixties? Nothing new here!
Tony-Lapson 2012-09-22 11:49:34 AM
"Angry youths". Don't you mean bored and anarchistic youths?