• Short Summary

    THE CLOSING OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE BY THE EAST GERMAN GOVERNMENT AND THE REINFORCEMENT OF ROAD BLOCKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DIVIDED CITY HEIGHTENED TENSION IN BERLIN.

  • Description

    THE CLOSING OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE BY THE EAST GERMAN GOVERNMENT AND THE REINFORCEMENT OF ROAD BLOCKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DIVIDED CITY HEIGHTENED TENSION IN BERLIN. AUG 15.

    BEHIND ROAD BARRIERS AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE, EAST GERMAN POLICE TOOK UP POSITIONS WITH ARMOURED CARS IN SUPPORT.

    CAMERAMEN DODGED HIGH PRESSURE HOSES TO FILM THE BUILD UP, WHILE IN FRONT OF THE GATE, THE EAST GERMAN CORDON BARRED THE WAY.

    EARLIER, WEST BERLIN POLICE REPORTED THE BARRIERS HAD BEEN STRENGTHENED AROUND THE BRANDENBURG GATE - ALTHOUGH THE EAST GERMAN GOVERNMENT HAD SAID THE GATE WAS ONLY CLOSED TEMPORARILY. THE FIRST OFFICIAL WESTERN PROTEST OVER THE COMMUNIST ACTION IN DIVIDING THE CITY WENT OUT TO THE SOVIET COMMANDANT: THE THREE WESTERN COMMANDANTS ACCUSED THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES OF ILLEGALLY SETTING UP AN ARBITRARY BARRIER TO MOVEMENT INSIDE THE CITY.

    ALONG THE BORDER AUG 15 APART FROM THE GUARDS THERE WAS LITTLE SIGNS OF LIFE. AROUND THE BRANDENBURG GATE - THE MAIN CROSSING POINT. - BARBED WIRE SHIELDED A FEW EAST GERMAN POLICE AND TROOPS AT DAYBREAK. THE GATE WAS ENTIRELY CLOSED TO CIVILIANS AND NO CROWDS APPROACHED THE BARRIERS.

    DESPITE THE GUARDS AND THE WIRE, REFUGEES STILL GOT THROUGH: DURING THE NIGHT AUG 14-15 ANOTHER FORTY-ONE REACHED WEST BERLIN. MOST BAD SWUM RIVERS AND CANALS. ONE COUPLE WAS FIRED ON IN THE WATER BUT REACHED THE WESTERN BANK SAFELY. ANOTHER COUPLE CRASHED THE BARRICADES IN A CAR WHILE EAST GERMAN POLICE FIRED IN A VAIN ATTEMPT TO STOP THEN.

    THE PLIGHT OF EAST GERMAN REFUGEES BROUGHT PUBLIC PROTESTS IN MANY PARTS OF WEST GERMANY. AND IN WEST BERLIN, 500,000 CITIZENS WERE EXPECTED AT A MASS DEMONSTRATION OF SYMPATHY, AUG 16.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABANUTLGENGM767X6TKNWZ0EN2
    Media URN:
    VLVABANUTLGENGM767X6TKNWZ0EN2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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