Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Leipzig peaceful revolution.
Chanting “we are the people” more than 70,000 East Germans marched through the city in the country’s biggest anti-Communist protest. The move was largely sparked by a weekly prayer for peace at the Nikolai church in the city centre. The parish’s priest was Christoph Wonneberger. He said: “October 9th was a day one can describe as a marriage. To send out such a good message was amazing,” Security forces had threatened to crack down on the protest but they held back – unsure of how to respond to the largest demostration that anyone had ever seen in East Germany. Former protest organiser, Frank Richter said: “the aim of the slogan ‘we are the people’ was to include the forces in front of us and to tell them don’t beat us, don’t beat defenceless and peaceful people.” Exhibitions and various art installations in Lepzig this weekend are celebrating the events and the peaceful protests which spread across the GDR and led to the collapse of the Berlin Wall a month later and Germany’s reunification the following year.