by James Corbett
June 21, 2014
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On the evening of Monday, September 4, 1989, a handful of people dissatisfied with the East German government organized a peaceful demonstration in the courtyard of the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig. People in other cities, hearing of the demonstration by word of mouth and from West German television coverage began convening their own demonstrations on Monday evenings. By early October, the Leipzig demonstration had swelled from its original few hundred participants to a massive 70,000 people, a full 14% of the population of the city. The next week, there were 120,000 people at the protest. The week after that, 320,000. The East German security forces refused to intervene for fear of causing a massacre, and in November the Berlin Wall fell. A revolution had occurred.