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The People Of Amsterdam Protested Putin By Throwing Tomatoes At Each Other And It Was Awesome

Though the protest was technically held to demonstrate against the fresh produce sanction, many people turned up just to lob some overripe vegetables.

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People in Amsterdam threw thousands of tomatoes at each other on Sunday to protest Russia's ban on importing food from the European Union.

The protest took place in Dam Square, a dignified space that usually looks like this...

RT @caroladevisser: Laatste #voorbereidingen over 3 #kwartier gaan we #open #tomatengevecht #manifestatie #tomatofest

Susan G@educationtr

RT @caroladevisser: Laatste #voorbereidingen over 3 #kwartier gaan we #open #tomatengevecht #manifestatie #tomatofest

12:14 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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...but ended up looking like this.

De dam is voor even het Rode plein #tomatengevecht

Ikben020@Ikben020

De dam is voor even het Rode plein #tomatengevecht

11:33 AM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

According to the Associated Press, the "protest" was basically just a messy party:

With music pumping from a podium, the participants — most of whom were wearing white before the fight started — counted down from 10 to zero. Then a shipping container full of the fruit was emptied into the arena.

Ondertussen in Oss. De tomatensoep -volgens nieuw recept- met extra balletjes wordt bereid #tomatengevecht

Eric Seuren@SeurenEric

Ondertussen in Oss. De tomatensoep -volgens nieuw recept- met extra balletjes wordt bereid #tomatengevecht

8:06 AM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The event was inspired by Spain's annual La Tomatina festival, AP reports.

AP Photo/Peter Dejong

"It was hard in there. It was mean. But it was fun," said Lois Bloedjes, who attended with her sister Sil. "Everything became one big pile of mush. There were people swimming in it on the ground."

Attendees came prepared, with some of the brave tomato-warriors donning protective gear.

Wat was t een feest op #dam #tomatofest

Kee@kee1970

Wat was t een feest op #dam #tomatofest

12:23 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Whereas others improvised weapons.

Tomatengevecht op Dam - video http://t.co/608qFs4bQV #tomatengevecht

De Telegraaf ticker@telegraafticker

Tomatengevecht op Dam - video http://t.co/608qFs4bQV #tomatengevecht

1:16 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Any resemblance to Dionysian sacrificial rites was, of course, purely coincidental.

#Zondag 14-sept: Groot #TomatenGevecht op de #Dam > http://t.co/OLqYq9nEni #Occupy: We hebben #Lak aan #Poetin ! -

Occupy Schagen@OccupySchagen

#Zondag 14-sept:
Groot #TomatenGevecht op de #Dam
> http://t.co/OLqYq9nEni
#Occupy: We hebben #Lak aan #Poetin !
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7:27 PM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But for the love of Bacchus, behold those tomato-covered pectorals!

RT @anthonysmiles: never knew tomatoes could be this sexy. #tomatofest #tomatengevecht #damsquare #Amsterdam

Chet Van Wert@cvanwert

RT @anthonysmiles: never knew tomatoes could be this sexy. #tomatofest #tomatengevecht #damsquare #Amsterdam

2:13 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Participants in the protest paid about $18 for the privilege of finding themselves covered in tomato slime. Though roughly 1,000 tickets were sold, only a few hundred attended.

Was echt crazy. Kwam de Dam niet meer af, OV en taxi's wilden me niet hebben, TOTALLY WORTH IT THO. #tomatofest

Mutloesoe@Umut_Mutlu

Was echt crazy. Kwam de Dam niet meer af, OV en taxi's wilden me niet hebben, TOTALLY WORTH IT THO. #tomatofest

1:44 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Proceeds from the event will be used to help Dutch tomato farmers who have been hurt by Putin's ban on importing certain foods from the European Union.

Dansjes op De Dam. In mijn onderbroek. #tomatofest

chico dorado.@BenVolkers

Dansjes op De Dam. In mijn onderbroek. #tomatofest

5:14 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Putin's ban is itself a protest against the sanctions the West has imposed on Russia for its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

'Living the story' inside #tomatengevecht - watch @BBCNews

anna holligan@annaholligan

'Living the story' inside #tomatengevecht - watch @BBCNews

10:58 AM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Although the fight only lasted for an hour, the protesters went through 120,000 tomatoes unfit for consumption.

RT @cameramanpeter: 10.000 kg tomaten ligt klaar om al gooiend van eigenaar te wisselen. #tomatengevecht #tomatofest

Chris Spaansen@ChrisSpaansen

RT @cameramanpeter: 10.000 kg tomaten ligt klaar om al gooiend van eigenaar te wisselen. #tomatengevecht #tomatofest

2:19 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

H/T Mashable

Nicolás Medina Mora is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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