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Germany commemorates 60 years since building of Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall stretched for 155 kilometers, encircling West Berlin until 1989, when East German authorities reluctantly agreed following mass protests to open crossings.

Published: 13th August 2021 04:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2021 04:43 PM   |  A+A-

Berlin Wall

Photos of victims of the Berlin Wall are illuminated by the sun at the Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse at the eve 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

BERLIN: Germany on Friday commemorated 60 years since the day East German authorities started building the Berlin Wall, where at least 140 people were killed over three decades trying to flee to the west.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called its construction from Aug. 13, 1961, onward the “beginning of the end” for the communist regime, which claimed at the time that the wall was designed to protect the country from fascism.

The Berlin Wall stretched for 155 kilometers (96 miles), encircling West Berlin until 1989, when East German authorities reluctantly agreed following mass protests to open crossings. Within a year, East and West Germany were reunited.

Steinmeier called on Germans not to let the memories of that period fade and urged them to actively participate in democracy, including by voting in the country's national election next month.



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