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Berlin sky alight as 'border of light' balloons released

The 'Border of Light' was released at a ceremony in central Berlin. Credit: Reuters
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stands on stage outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Credit: Reuters
The balloons were freed and released from the site of the former border. Credit: Reuters

Balloons freed to celebrate Berlin unification

Berliners released lamost 7,000 balloons into the night sky to mark the 25th anniversary since the fall of the wall that once divided the city.

The symbolic release of the balloons, many carrying messages of hope, recalled November 9, 1989, when thousands of people from the communist East streamed through the Berlin Wall to celebrate their freedom.

Speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's mayor said the spectacular display celebrated "peace and freedom".


Fall of Berlin wall 'showed dreams can come true'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel places a rose at the Berlin Wall memorial in Bernauer Strasse. Credit: Reuters.

The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago today showed the world that "dreams can come true" and should inspire people trapped in tyranny everywhere, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today.

At least 138 people were killed trying to escape to West Berlin and many who were captured ended up in jail. Credit: Reuters

Speaking at a memorial at the in Bernauer Strasses where roses were placed along the wall in tribute to those who died crossing it, she said:

The fall of the Berlin Wall showed us that dreams can come true - and that nothing has to stay the way it is, no matter how high the hurdles might seem to be.

It showed that we have the power to shape our destiny and make things better. It was a victory of freedom over bondage and it's a message of faith for today's, and future, generations that can tear down the walls - the walls of dictators, violence and ideologies.

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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