Germany marks 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall

On Sunday, Germans commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which ended a years-long divide between East and West Germany on Sunday.

“It showed that we have the power to shape our destiny and make things better, ” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a speech at the Berlin Wall memorial site. “That is the message of the fall of the Wall.”

Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, said this message also applies to countries such as the Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and other regions where human rights are being threatened, or violated.

Built in 1961, the Berlin Wall was put up to prevent people from leaving then-communist East Germany and crossing to the West. The fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 became a symbol for the end of the Cold War.

At least 138 people died trying to cross the inner-German border in the capital, according to the Guardian.

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