Merkel warns G-8 protesters against use of force

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned protesters against the use of violence ahead of next month's Group of Eight summit. Merkel's government has stressed it welcomes peaceful demonstrations during the June 6-8 meeting of G-8 leaders to be held in the Baltic sea resort of Heiligendamm, but launched a series of security measures aimed a cracking down on radical anti-globalization protesters. "One thing must be clear: Violence is no means for achieving political goals," Merkel said in her weekly podcast on Saturday. "I call on all those who support a humane version of globalization to do their part to ensure that protests are peaceful." Earlier this month, police raided 40 offices and apartments used by left-wing protesters in Berlin, Hamburg and elsewhere, provoking protests.