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March 4, 2021

25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: Merkel, tribute to courage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday paid tribute to all those people who had the ‘courage’ to oppose the regime in the former East Germany, insisting on their role in the fall of the Berlin Wall, event Germany is getting ready to celebrate on November 9, marking 25 years since the demolition of what once was a symbol for the ‘Cold War’.
The people engaged in citizen action, the democratic opposition to the regime in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) demonstrated ‘courage’, the German chancellor said during her weekly address, according to AFP.
‘They also gave courage to other’, especially to ‘the hundreds of thousands and millions’ of people who participated in the demonstrations, first in Leipzig, then in the other GDR cities, and which shook the communist regime’, Angela Merkel continued. Without them, ‘this entire process would have been much more difficult (…). For this reason we must say them a big <Thank you!>’
A former GDR citizen, Angela Merkel also recalled ‘the indescribable feeling’ she had upon the fall of the Wall on 9 November 1989. ‘That feeling you never forget, I will never forget it’, said the German chancellor.

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