Germans commemorated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday, November 9, with a variety of events.
Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a commemorative ceremony and called for “the defense of freedom” that was attained when the wall was demolished, local media reported. The wall, constructed by the German Democratic Republic in 1961, divided Berlin for years until protests and political unrest led to its collapse in 1989.
On Saturday, people drove Trabants — an oft-maligned car that was mass-produced in East Germany up to 1990 — through streets, a show and art installation was held in front of the Brandenburg Gate, and a symbolic “wall” was “torn down” for a reunification demonstration at a soccer match in Berlin.
This video, taken by Germany-based journalist Rene Bucken, shows a line of Trabants driving through Berlin. Credit: Rene Bucken via Storyful