INTRODUCTION: Some 15,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of West Berlin on Friday (8 May), the 36th anniversary of the end of World War Two.
GV & SV Demonstrators through West Berlin street. (2 SHOTS)
SV Children among demonstrators.
GV Demonstrators through street. (3 SHOTS)
CU Anti-nuclear war banner.
GV PAN Demonstrators.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Some 15,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of West Berlin on Friday (8 May), the 36th anniversary of the end of World War Two. They were protesting at nuclear armament and the North Atlantic Organisation (NATO).
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators came from all wings of the West German communist party and for the first time in such a protest there were official groups from the ruling Social Democrats who marched alongside the communists. Some of the protesters demanded that West Germany leave NATO and slogans and banners condemned the Organisation's decision to modernise its medium range nuclear weapons.
A number of children were among the demonstrators who chanted such slogans as, "No money for nuclear weapons" and "Germany has suffered enough". The anti-nuclear movement has accused the united States of no longer being interested in negotiating a balanced reduction of medium-range nuclear weapons in NATO. But the Christian Democrats, who refused to join the protest, claimed that the demonstrators were inspired only by a new anti-American pacifism. A defence expert for the party said the protesters did not really want arms control but simply unilateral disarmament by NATO.