Germany To Mark 30th Anniversary Of Fall Of Berlin Wall

Life in Communist East Germany was 'almost comfortable' at times Merkel says

During the 1989 revolutions, several Soviet-imposed communist regimes in Eastern Europe were toppled as people demanded independence or greater freedoms.

"The values on which Europe is founded - freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, respect for human rights - are anything but self-evident", she said, adding that such values "must be defended again and again".

Germany has been marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanking Eastern European countries for making the peaceful revolution possible.

Merkel further said that the past must serve as a lesson, noting that the collapse of the Berlin Wall is "history and teaches us that no wall that keeps people out and limits freedom is so high or so wide that it can not be broken through".

It was followed a year later by the reunification of Germany in 1990.

"In gratitude, we remember today with our friends the historical events of 30 years ago", Steinmeier said.

The German president's sharp words, as he opened festivities at the spot where Reagan once stood, underlined growing tensions between the traditional allies.

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The wall was constructed in 1961 to stop the flood of East Germans fleeing to capitalist West Berlin to escape communist rule.

On November 4, 1989, a half-million demonstrators gathered in Alexanderplatz in East Berlin. In addition, photos and videos document his commitment to opposing the division of Germany, his surveillance by the East German secret service, and his disrespectful attitude towards then-East German leader Erich Honecker.

In the confusion, border guards opened the gates and thousands of people surged across the frontier, cheered by crowds on both sides of the wall.

Citywide celebrations are being observed by the German capital of Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. In doing so, they accelerated the process of Soviet Communism's collapse. That's why it does not bother me when others see things differently.' However, the breaching of the wall has over the years also triggered a wave of departures from the former east, with the region's economy struggling to catch up with the west and many of those who remained in the communist east claiming they feel left behind.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not at the ceremony but visited Berlin.

Yet, it is also clear that the destruction in 1992 of the 16th century three-domed structure by Hindu kar sevaks, who want to build a Ram temple there, was a wrong that 'must be remedied, ' the ruling said. He said China was now using methods of oppression against its own people that would be "horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans".

A generation later in 1987 as Mikhail Gorbachev had begun to make reforms in the old Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan came to the Brandenburg Gate near the wall and said, "there is one sign the Soviets could make that would be unmistakable that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace".

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