East German border restrictions in Berlin relaxed on Wednesday (May 17) for the Whitsun holidays this weekend--allowing West Berliners to cross the wall on masse for the second time this year.
SV People walk in West Berlin towards checkpoint PAN TO border signpost
SV People with baggage towards checkpoint
SVs East German border guards check papers and people passing through checkpoint (3 shots)
CV Sign points to Sonnenallee check point
GVs EXT East Berlin railway station and people leaving (2 shots)
SVs West Berliners greeted by East German friends and relatives (2 shots)
GV & SV Main square in East Berlin
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Background: East German border restrictions in Berlin relaxed on Wednesday (May 17) for the Whitsun holidays this weekend--allowing West Berliners to cross the wall on masse for the second time this year. The first occasion was at Easter, when almost a quarter of West Berlin's two million residents crossed the wall to spend up to three days in East Berlin for the first time in six years. They were also allowed into east Germany for the first time in nearly twenty years.
West Berlin authorities have estimated that during Whitsun there will be a sharp increase in the numbers of visitors to the Eastern sector--three quarters of a million about three hundred thousand more than crossed at Easter.