But the demonstrators still left chaos behind, tearing down metal safety fences and hurling beer bottles.
The protesters spent hours disrupting a town council meeting dedicated to planning the refugee centre.
Plans were being floated to house 1,500 asylum-seekers in the town of 27,000
Some Geldermalsen residents have since tried to revive the plans for an asylum centre.
A priest from the area wrote a letter to the council this week advocating a “substantial” commitment to dealing with migrants.
But it was not clear what, if any, action the local government plans to take.