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Ex-East German activist Baerbel Bohley dies

Ex-East German activist Baerbel Bohley dies

Baerbel Bohley, a prominent figure in the pro-democracy movement that helped end communist rule in the former East Germany, has died. She was 65.
The Robert Havemann Society _ a group set up by the New Forum movement that Bohley co-founded _ said she died of cancer on Saturday.
Bohley, a painter who endured harassment by East Germany's secret police, and several others set up New Forum in September 1989.
The group sought greater openness in East German society and meaningful elections.
East Germany opened its heavily fortified border on Nov. 9, 1989, after mounting peaceful protests helped undermine the communist government. Germany was reunited in October 1990.


Updated : 2021-04-13 19:48 GMT+08:00