The Lichtgrenze (translation: “border of light”) stretched for 10 miles along the same path as the original 96-mile structure. The 8,000 balloons began at Bornholmer Street border crossing, one of the former checkpoints between East and West Germany, and snaked their way through Berlin’s city center to the Oberbaum Bridge, blocking roads along the way and cutting off car access just like the Berlin Wall did decades ago.
On the occasion of this historical jubilee ,the staff of the German Embassy in Bucharest held a running race between the Embassy HQs (Str. Cpt. Av. Gh. Demetriade 6-8, Sector 1) and Herăstrău Park. The approximately 30 employees, who started the race at the Embassy at 14.30 arrived, at the Embassy’s stand near Modura Fountain, Charles de Gaulle entry. Further, the Ambassador of Germany, Mr. Werner Hans Lauk, stood at the disposal of media representatives and bystanders for discussions. The event ended by symbolically raising on the sky of Bucharest 25 balloons in the colors of the German flag, black-red-gold in memory of freedom of travelling gained 25 years ago. “On November 9, 1989, was achieved the dream of all citizens of the former German Democratic Republic to travel free in democracy, respecting human rights and the rule of law. Today, all EU citizens share these rights. The German Embassy in Bucharest running race is part of a series of commemorative events organized worldwide, in almost around 80 diplomatic representations of Germany, on all continents,” informs a press release of the German Embassy.
PM Ponta hails the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Prime Minister Victor Ponta hailed the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on his Facebook page on Sunday.
‘It’s the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that meant more than anything the end of the communist tyranny. The wall was a symbol, the frontier of that ‘Iron Curtain’ behind which the countries of the East dominated by the USSR were held,’ Ponta wrote.
‘The fall of the Berlin Wall preceded the unification of the two German countries and it was the zero point of the reunification of Europe. Let us honour today the memory of those who, in the communist world, fought with many sacrifices for freedom and democracy,’ the official added.