Brian Hanrahan looks back on the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
When the East German government made its first confused announcement about permitting free travel to the West, the BBC's Brian Hanrahan in East Berlin set off to find out what was happening. Here is his description of the night the Berlin Wall came down.
At first East Berlin's wide cobbled streets were their usual empty selves.
But after a few miles, we were caught up in a vortex of hurrying people. By car, foot and on bicycles they were rushing forward.
Soon the street was so jammed we abandoned our car on the roadside and ran the last half mile with everybody else.
We arrived just in time to see the barrier swing up, and the gates open.
GAVIN HEWITT'S EUROPE
It is the curse of authoritarian regimes that at the moment they reform themselves and relax their grip they are at their most vulnerable - the crowd around us sensed it and was no longer afraid
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