• Short Summary

    EAST GERMANY DISPLAYED ITS ARMS IN A 40 MINUTE PARADE AS PART OF THE MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS, WHILE TWO SEPARATE CIVIL DEMONSTRATIONS WERE HELD IN WEST BERLIN.

  • Description

    EAST GERMANY DISPLAYED ITS ARMS IN A 40 MINUTE PARADE AS PART OF THE MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS, WHILE TWO SEPARATE CIVIL DEMONSTRATIONS WERE HELD IN WEST BERLIN.

    EAST GERMANY IS THE ONLY WARSAW PACT COUNTRY TO HOLD A MAY DAY MILITARY PARADE. IT IS TRADITIONALLY LED BY YOUNG OFFICERS OF THE MILITARY ACADEMY WHO MARCHED PAST A PODIUM SET UP IN MARY-ENGLES SQUARE.

    HERR WALTER ULBRIGHT, THE EAST GERMAN PARTY LEADER AND HEAD OF HE COUNCIL OF STATE WAS ON THE PODIUM TO REVIEW THE PARADE. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY PRIME MINISTER WILLI STOPH AND OTHER EAST GERMAN OFFICIALS.

    BEFORE THE PARADE PROFESSOR KURT HAGER, THE EAST GERMAN IDEOLOGIST, MADE A 20-MINUTE SPEECH ATTACKING WEST GERMANY FOR REFUSING TO RECOGNISE EAST GERMANY.

    THE MILITARY PARADE OF MECHANIZED INFANTRY, TANKS, AND ROCKET TROOPS WAS FOLLOWED BY A PROCESSION OF ATHLETES AND WORKERS.

    THE FIRST OF THE WEST GERMAN DEMONSTRATION WAS HELD IN FRONT OF THE WEST BERLIN CITY HALL AT JOHN F. KENNEDY SQUARE. IT WAS ORGANISED BY THE TRADE UNIONS BUT SOME OF THE 12,000 PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED BELONGED TO SEVERAL, LEFT-WING GROUPS. THE FEDERAL MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS, POST, AND TRAFFIC HERR GEORGE LEBER SPOKE TO THE ASSEMBLY.

    THE SECOND DEMONSTRATION, HELD IN THE WORKERS DISTRICT OF NEUKOELLN, WAS ORGANISED BY A COALITION OF LEFT-WING GROUPS ABOUT 6,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED.

    POLICE WERE STANDING BY AT BOTH DEMONSTRATIONS, BUT NO VIOLENCE WAS REPORTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADW2BRB66B58CKZIDKBC5O5QS3
    Media URN:
    VLVADW2BRB66B58CKZIDKBC5O5QS3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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