• Short Summary

    On Sunday (September 6), about 7,000 refugees from behind the Oder-Neisse line gathered in the "Waldbuehne" open-air theatre at West Berlin for their annual "Day of the Homeland" rally.

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    On Sunday (September 6), about 7,000 refugees from behind the Oder-Neisse line gathered in the "Waldbuehne" open-air theatre at West Berlin for their annual "Day of the Homeland" rally.

    The rally began with a ceremonial parade of the flags of the towns and regions of those parts of Poland and Czechoslovakia from which the Germans were expelled after World War II. The drum and bugle corps followed the flag-bearing procession.

    The main speaker at the event was Herr Hupka, a Social Democrat who is a member of the West German parliament (Bundestag). He is also the speaker of the refugees from Upper Silesia, Now part of Poland.

    On Friday, the East German Foreign Ministry protested that the proposed rally was aimed at creating new tension at a time when efforts were being made to promote security and peaceful co-operation in Europe. According to the East German news agency which issued the Foreign Ministry statement, the initiators of the rally were attempting to strengthen resistance against the recently signed Moscow-Bonn non-aggression pact. The statement said that the treaty established the territorial integrity of European states and the inviolability of their borders.

    The Ministry described the meeting as a gross violation of the city's status as an independent political entity. Both West German and West Berlin authorities for the first time refused to grant funds for this year's rally.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4E54O4NW7ACJPYQZLWQWOS1R4
    Media URN:
    VLVA4E54O4NW7ACJPYQZLWQWOS1R4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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