Monday, November 11, 2013 - 05:56
Russian Activists Attack Dutch Royals With Tomatoes
Two protesters threw tomatoes at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands upon their arrival at a Moscow concert, according to the leader of the protesters' organization. The King and Queen were not struck by the flying fruit, according to Russian officials. The Associated Press quotes Eduard Limonov, head of the banned National Bolshevik political party, saying that the activists represent his organization. The protest was in regards to Alexander Dolmatov, a National Bolshevik member who killed himself in January at a Dutch detention facility shortly after being refused asylum in the Netherlands. Dolmatov had fled Russia fearing an imminent arrest in June 2012. Limonov claims the Netherlands did not fully investigate the suicide at the Rotterdam center. Activists have also protested outside Dutch embassies in Moscow and Kiev, Ukraine, and the Dutch consulate in Saint Petersburg, Russia.