Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Monday Demonstrations in Leipzig

October 9, 1989
Monday Demonstrations in Leipzig

on the evening of October 9, 1989, Leipzig witnessed the largest protest demonstration in East Germany since the uprising of June 17, 1953: seventy thousand people marched through the city center. The police no longer stood a chance, and they retreated in face of this overwhelming mass. Again and again, the decisive cry echoed: "We are the people!" It tells those in power that they have forfeited the right to act in the name of the people.

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