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
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
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