Germany Celebrates 30 Years of the Fall of Berlin Wall, Pro-Democracy Groups Criticize Trump's US-Mexico Border Wall

  • Germany celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (brought down on November 9, 1989) on Saturday. During a ceremony at the Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall Memorial, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “together with our friends, we remember with deep gratitude the events 30 years ago”. The event was attended by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the heads of the state of other neighboring and East European countries such as the Czechia (or the Czech Republic), Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. President Steinmeier went on to say that “Without the courage and the will to freedom of the Poles and Hungarians, the Czechs and Slovaks, the peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe and Germany’s reunification would not have been possible.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a memorial service inside a small chapel that the Berlin Wall is history now and it teaches everyone that a wall that restricts freedom and keeps people out will be broken down. As the US President Trump congratulated Germany on the occasion, a German pro-Democracy group criticized Trump’s attempt of planning to erect one along the US-Mexico border.