Merkel supports EU-Russia summit protests

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11 May 2007, Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Moscow Friday to allow protests planned for next week's European Union- Russia summit to go ahead. "We assume that critical voices will be allowed to be expressed," said a spokesman for the German government in Berlin, which currently holds the EU presidency. The spokesman's comments came ahead of Friday's EU-Russia summit in the Russian city of Samara and follow recent and sometimes violent police crackdowns on demonstrations in Moscow

11 May 2007

Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Moscow Friday to allow protests planned for next week's European Union- Russia summit to go ahead.

"We assume that critical voices will be allowed to be expressed," said a spokesman for the German government in Berlin, which currently holds the EU presidency.

The spokesman's comments came ahead of Friday's EU-Russia summit in the Russian city of Samara and follow recent and sometimes violent police crackdowns on demonstrations in Moscow and St Petersburg.

The concerns expressed by Berlin also come in the wake of reports that Russian police have arrested organisers of protest rallies in the build-up to the Samara summit.

DPA

Subject: German news

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