German police arrest protesters as Germans mark fall of Berlin Wall

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Clashes have erupted in Germany between left-wing activists and the supporters of far-right ideologies as thousands of people celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The clashes broke out on Sunday after hundreds of leftist activists, who had gathered at the Alexanderplatz train station in the German capital, Berlin, to demonstrate against the fall of the wall encountered about 30 far-right protesters in the city center.

Police forces made a number of arrests during the clashes.

Reports say that about 10 demonstrations were held by various groups to mark the anniversary.

Nationalist activists also gathered to mark the attacks of the Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, back in 1938, when Nazi authorities launched a series of attacks against Jews in Germany and Austria.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also made a speech on the occasion, saying that the fall of the Berlin Wall “showed us that dreams can come true.”

On August 13, 1961, the then East German government constructed the 155-kilometer (96-mile) wall to end a mass exodus of its citizens into capitalist West Berlin.

The wall finally collapsed almost 30 years later on November 9, 1989 following a popular uprising across the former communist East. The incident is largely considered a key event in the collapse of communism and a preface to Germany’s reunification in 1990.

It has been said that more than 100,000 East Germans attempted to flee the state since the wall was set up. Reports say that about 600 of those who tried to escape were killed.

 

 

Source: PressTV

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