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Berlin police break up Femen protest

07 June 2013, 13:01

Berlin - Three topless Femen protesters were dragged by police from outside the German chancellery on Friday where they were pleading for Angela Merkel to push for the release of four fellow activists jailed in Tunisia.

The demonstration came ahead of Merkel's meeting in the building later in the day with Tunisian Premier Ali Larayedh.

The women chanted "Merkel free Femen" repeatedly before being removed.

Two of them had painted the names of the activists jailed in Tunisia across their bare chests, while the third had "Free Femen" on her stomach.

Police said the three were not arrested, but that they're investigating possible charges of violating German public assembly laws.

They did not immediately have information on the protesters' nationality but said they were not German.

The women were demanding help for three Femen demonstrators - a German and two French women - who are on trial in Tunis for public indecency after demonstrating topless in front of Tunisia's Palace of Justice.

It was the Ukraine-based group's first such protest in the Middle East.

The three activists in Tunisia were calling for the release of Tunisian member of the group, Amina Sboui.

Sboui scandalised the country by posting topless photos of herself protesting for women's rights in March.

She later attempted another protest 19 May in the religious centre of Kairouan, where she was arrested.

Merke's spokesperson Steffen Seibert has said Merkel was likely to raise questions of human rights with Larayedh during his visit in Berlin but did not say whether the case of the 19-year-old German on trial would be discussed.

- AP


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