30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall

Neo-con US President Ronald Reagan speaks at the Berlin Wall, 1987

November 2019 saw the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with our imperialist media led by the BBC producing its normal anti-communist propaganda to mark the event. Unsurprisingly nothing was reported on the consequences of 30 years of destruction of industry, jobs and culture in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), consequences that expressed themselves in two recent surveys carried out in the former GDR. An official German government survey reported that 62% see reunification as a failure, including 80% of people younger than 40, and 57% feel like second class citizens. The other showed that 67% of people justifiably feel that their living standards are inferior to those living in the West. One of the political consequences of this destruction of society has been the rise of the the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party which has gained over 20% of the vote in many parts of the East.

 

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Observing the first anniversary of colonisation

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! No. 104, December 1991/January 1992

3 October 1991. East Germany or 'the five new Milder', as it is affectionately called by its Western patrons) is supposed to celebrate the first anniversary of its initiation into freedom, wealth and democracy. Strangely enough, there is no trace of celebration anywhere, no fireworks - just the odd demonstration in Berlin against xenophobia and racist violence.

 

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