It started as a Snapchat message from a 15-year-old woman to all her pals to return to her party on Friday within the small Dutch city of Katwijk.
However her plans was a nightmare when one in every of them posted the invite on Fb and prompted curiosity from hundreds of individuals nationwide.
The mayor mentioned the occasion was hijacked. The woman has reportedly gone into hiding – and her occasion is cancelled.
Police feared a repeat of a Dutch occasion that went viral and led to rioting.
Crowds of as much as four,000 folks needed to be damaged up by riot police in September 2012, when a woman shared an invite to her 16th party within the northern city of Haren, however set the occasion on Fb to public.
The occasion was dubbed Venture X Haren, after a Hollywood comedy a few occasion that spirals uncontrolled.
How woman’s occasion was ‘hijacked’
It began out as a message on Snapchat.
“Friday occasion at my place, everybody welcome. In case you’re coming, please let me know and who you are bringing.”
By some means the teenager’s message ended up on Fb as “Celebration! In Katwijk”. Messages had been additionally shared on WhatsApp teams.
Her uncle Marcel informed native TV that the woman had nothing to do with it and that one in every of her pals had determined that the invitation ought to go viral.
Katwijk has only some hundred residents, so when greater than eight,000 folks mentioned they deliberate to return and one other 20,000 expressed curiosity, police and native officers determined to behave.
In response to Wim Hillenaar, the mayor of the native space within the southern province of Brabant, the woman’s message was “hijacked” by unknown folks.
The local authority and police were now prepared for every scenario, he said in an announcement (in Dutch). “Our line on this now could be there’s not a celebration in Katwijk and there will not be any occasion in Katwijk,” he mentioned, including that anybody approaching Friday with the flawed intentions can be stopped.
What’s occurred to the woman?
The woman’s uncle mentioned she had gone into hiding.
“It’s kind of of a rollercoaster proper now,” he informed Omroep Brabant TV. “My niece has been moved out of the home and she or he’s being put up some other place.”
“This seems to have gone utterly off the rails,” mentioned the uncle.