German police on Friday broke up a protest by topless activists from radical women's rights group Femen outside Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices against the visiting Tunisian prime minister, an AFP photographer said.

The three bare-breasted protesters chanted "Merkel free Femen" and two of the women had the first names of women on trial in Tunis for a protest last month in support of a detained Tunisian activist scrawled in black ink across their torsos.

One of the demonstrators outside the chancellery in central Berlin wore a black hood over her head.

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