Trabant vehicles drive previous throughout a parade marking the 30th anniversary of the autumn of the Berlin Wall at a former border crossing between Japanese and Western Germany within the former border village of Moedlareuth, Germany November 9, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny
BERLIN (Reuters) – Marking the 30th anniversary of the autumn of the Berlin Wall and defying the scorn of car snobs all over the world, a whole lot of Germans on Saturday marked the historic occasion with a parade of historic Trabant vehicles at a former border crossing.
The revellers symbolically opened a gate on the former crossing between Thuringia and Bavaria, which used to divide East and West Germany, and allowed some 65 vehicles identified affectionately as Trabis and different autos manufactured within the Communist-ruled German Democratic Republic to go via.
Earlier, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel marked the anniversary by thanking Japanese European neighbors for spurring on the peaceable revolution.
The toppling of the wall, which separated the Communist-ruled East from the capitalist West in Berlin for practically three many years and have become a potent image of the Chilly Warfare, was adopted a yr later by the reunification of Germany in 1990.
Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Modifying by James Drummond