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Tomato fight to be held in Amsterdam to protest Russia's ban on Dutch produce

Published on Sep 3, 2014 10:32 PM
 
A couple kisses during the annual "tomatina" festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on Aug 28, 2013. Two thousand tomato-wielding protesters are to stage a massive food fight in Amsterdam to protest Russia's ban on the import of Dutch produce, organisers said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

AMSTERDAM (AFP) - Two thousand tomato-wielding protesters are to stage a massive food fight in Amsterdam to protest Russia's ban on the import of Dutch produce, organisers said on Wednesday.

"We want to support duped Dutch farmers hit by the Russian ban by buying their tomatoes for a good price and staging a fight on Sept 14," Joep Verbunt told AFP. "We expect to have about 10 tonnes of tomatoes, around 120,000, available on the day in an event similar to the one in Bunol."

The small eastern Spanish town of Bunol hosts the world-famous Tomatina festival every year, with half-naked revellers pelting each other with squishy tomatoes.

Amsterdam's tomato-tossers will pay 15 euros (S$24.70) for the hour-long fight on the city's famed central Dam Square. The money is to pay for the tomatoes and for the subsequent cleanup, organisers said.

 
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