The tenth anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall on Friday (13 August) was observed in West Berlin with a series of wreath-laying ceremonies.
SV PAN Mayor Schuetz and others carry wreath and lay it at "Victims of Stalinism" Memorial
SV Others lay wreaths
LV Schuetz (with glasses) watches
CU & SV "Victims of Stalinism" Memorial (2 shots)
SV Right-wingers lay wreath at Fechter Memorial by Wall (2 shots)
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Background: The tenth anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall on Friday (13 August) was observed in West Berlin with a series of wreath-laying ceremonies. West berlin's Governing Mayor Klaus Schuetz remembers the 65 Wall victims in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial for the Victims of Stalinism. Later, members of right-wing organisations placed a wreath at the memorial for Peter Fechter near the spot where he tried to cross into West Berlin in 1962.
SYNOPSIS: A large crowd gathered at the Memorial for the Victims of Stalinism in West Berlin on Friday for a wreath-laying ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. West Berlin's Governing-Mayor Klaus Schuetz was among those who placed a wreath at the memorial. The ceremony commemorated the 65 Wall victims -- most of them refugees shot by East German guards. Herr Schuetz later addressed the crowd in a low-key speech.
He said the Wall was a reminder of the need to attempt to bring about more reasonable conditions. He said that shall pathos and well-formulated protest haven't achieved anything.
Others also placed wreaths at the Memorial Meanwhile, in East Berlin, armed columns of armed factory workers marched to mark the Wall's anniversary.
Later in West Berlin, some 500 members of right-wing organisations placed a wreath at a memorial to Peter Fechter, who was killed in 1962 when he tried to cross over the Wall from East Berlin.