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October 25, 2011 > Gorbachev says he would join Wall Street protests

Gorbachev says he would join Wall Street protests

By Bob Moen, Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP), Oct 14 - Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev (mih-kah-EEL' gohr-bah-CHAHV') says he is sympathetic to the protest movement against poverty, corporate greed and injustice that has sprung up in the United States and elsewhere.

Gorbachev said in a speech to about 6,000 people at the University of Wyoming on Friday that he would join them if he were on Wall Street.

But the 80-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner warned that extremists must not be allowed to exploit the protests. He didn't specify what he meant by extremists.

Gorbachev is popular in the West for the role he played in ending the Cold War but is disliked by many in Russia for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the years of social and economic turmoil that followed.

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