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Prince hit with flower in war protest

RIGA, Latvia -- Britain's Prince Charles has been slapped in the face with a flower in a protest in Latvia over the UK's role in the U.S.-led bombings in Afghanistan.

A young woman struck the prince with the flower -- a carnation or rose -- as he stopped to talk to a group of children near a monument to Latvian independence.

The woman stepped forward and hit the prince across the face with the flower, with the prince, heir to the British throne flinching and appearing startled, The Associated Press reported.

Police then grabbed the woman and the prince, who did not appear to have been hurt, kept moving along the street speaking to bystanders.

AP said that as the woman was led away by two armed police, she said the protest was over Britain's role in Afghanistan. She refused to give her name or age.

The three governments in the Baltic region have backed the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan.

Prince Charles arrived Thursday in Latvia from Lithuania during a tour to commemorate Britain's recognition of the Baltic independence from Moscow a decade ago. He started the week in Estonia, and leaves the region on Friday.


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