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Gunter Schabowski, man who accidentally sparked fall of Berlin Wall, dies

Gunter Schabowski the East German spokesperson whose error led to the demise of the Berlin Wall has died aged 86. Guenter Schabowski, official whose

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Gunter Schabowski, man who accidentally sparked fall of Berlin Wall, dies

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Gunter Schabowski the East German spokesperson whose error led to the demise of the Berlin Wall has died aged 86.


At a news conference in 1989 Schabowski said travel restrictions on East German citizens
would be lifted immediately.

The mistake prompted tens of thousands to cross to the West.

He admitted that he ‘jumped the gun’ as the announcement was due the next day and the lifting of the restrictions would be phased in.