No more bricks in the Wall

Exactly 25 years ago today, while covering the collapse of communist eastern Europe, I witnessed the breaching of the Berlin Wall, writes Tom McGurk.

23rd December, 2014
No more bricks in the Wall

It is all like a dream now. The events were so unpredicted, the moment so charged, the images so extraordinary. There’s something of all this captured in the picture. For one thing, the theme of the day is unmistakable; the overwhelming sense of the complete collapse of authority among West and East Berliners.

The police on the West side had long abandoned attempting to control the crowds. Up on the wall, utter confusion...

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