Dutch royals

Activists allegedly throw tomatoes at Dutch royals 

Nov. 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM ET

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima enter the music hall as they attend a concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, in Moscow, Russia.
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Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima enter the music hall at The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, in Moscow, Russia.

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian opposition group says its activists have thrown tomatoes at Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, as they arrived for a concert in Moscow.

Eduard Limonov, the leader of the banned National Bolshevik party, said two of its activists hurled tomatoes at the royals on Saturday. Russia's state security agency said they missed their target.

Limonov said Sunday the action was intended to attract public attention to what he called the Netherlands' failure to properly investigate the death of the group's member, Alexander Dolmatov, who committed suicide in January at a Dutch deportation center.

The royal visit was aimed to celebrate the two nations' historical ties, but it came amid tensions caused by Russia's seizure of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship and other disputes.

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