Protestors jailed after tomato-throwing incident during royal visit

The two Russian protestors who threw a tomato at king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima during their visit to Moscow have been jailed for 15 and 10 days.

A 23-year-old man was given a 15-day sentence, an 18-year-old girl was sentenced to 10 days on charges of vandalism, the Telegraaf reports.

The tomato was thrown as the royal couple were on their way to a concert by the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Sunday evening. The missile missed its target.

The protestors also screamed at the royal couple, accusing them of having blood on their hands, witnesses said. They were referring to the suicide of Russian activist and asylum seeker Aleksandr Domatov in a Dutch jail earlier this year.

The royal visit to Russia, during which the king and queen had a meeting with president Vladimir Putin, rounded off a year of celebrations marking 400 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Netherlands.


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