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2 arrests in Cambridge before Strauss-Kahn speech

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) – Cambridge police on Friday arrested two people ahead of a speech by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief whose career collapsed after he was charged with sexual assault.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary spokeswoman Sarah Redman said a man and a woman, both in their early 20s, were arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the university’s debating society building with messages critical of the 62-year-old French politician.

The Cambridge News website displayed photos showing the walls of The Cambridge Union Society defaced with messages including “DSK GO AWAY” and “WOMEN DESERVE BETTER.”

Strauss-Kahn was scheduled to speak at the society later Friday despite protesters’ calls for the event to be canceled.

Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF after allegations last May that he sexually assaulted New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo. Prosecutors later dropped criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn, but Diallo has brought a civil case against him.

Her lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, was scheduled to speak on Diallo’s behalf at a rival event Friday.

A statement posted Friday on the debating union’s website states that the invitation was made before Strauss-Kahn’s controversial departure from the IMF.

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