Attempt at kidnapping Juliana of the Netherlands

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In Spring 1975 some Moluccans attempted to kidnap Juliana, queen of the Netherlands.

On March 3 that year two South-Moluccan youngsters were stopped by the police and found carrying weapons and ammunition in their car. Their plan was to rent a heavy truck and crash into the gate of the Soestdijk Palace where Juliana resided, and then with 37 others kidnap the queen. The goal was to force the Dutch government to acknowledge the Republik Maluku Selatan (RMS) as an independent state and try to make the Indonesian government do the same. This was one of a series of actions for this cause during the 1970s.

Seventeen South-Moluccan youngsters were tried and convicted and sentenced to up to 6 years imprisonment.

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