A 15-year-old Dutch girl’s innocent message inviting friends to her birthday party has been “hijacked” on social media, sparking fears of a riot in her small town.
The BBC reports that the teen used Snapchat to invite some friends to her birthday party Friday in the town of Katwijk. One friend reportedly posted the invite on Facebook, which attracted the interest of thousands of people across the Netherlands. Messages were also reportedly shared on WhatsApp.
Authorities feared a repeat of an incident in 2012 when a riot broke out after thousands of people descended on the Dutch town of Haren after a teenager’s birthday party invite went viral on Facebook.
In a statement released Wednesday that has been translated into English, Katwijk mayor Wim Hillenaar said Friday’s party is canceled. “Our line is: there is no party in Katwijk and there will be no party in Katwijk,” he explained.
Many people had indicated that they will come to the town for the party on Friday, according to Hillenaar, who said that authorities have been working with police to “prepare for all scenarios.”
Citing Omroep Brabant TV, the BBC reports that the 15-year-old girl has gone into hiding.
The infamous 2012 riot was dubbed “Project X Haren” after the Hollywood movie “Project X,” which depicts a high schoolers’ party that quickly escalates out of control.
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