Sat May 19th, 2007 at 04:50:35 AM EST
In Russia, ahead of the Samara EU-Russia summit:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern Friday about Russian opposition activists having problems in traveling to the site of a planned demonstration in the Volga River city of Samara.
"I'm concerned about some people getting problems in traveling here. I hope they will be given an opportunity to express their opinion," Merkel said at a news conference wrapping up an EU-Russia summit at a resort near Samara following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
One of the Kremlin's biggest detractors, chess great Garry Kasparov, was barred Friday from boarding a flight from Moscow to Samara.
Meanwhile, in Germany:
Earlier this week police launched a series of raids on anti-globalisation campaigners across northern Germany which prompted demonstrations by left-wing protesters on the streets of Hamburg and Berlin.
Police impounded computers and documents during the raids, which were part of two separate probes into anti-globalisation militants
Why are protesters good for them, but bad for us, unless we assume a priori, that they need reforming, and we don't?
from the diaries. -- Jérôme