German communist leaders honored 100 years after slayings

Carnations lay on the grave of former German socialists' leader Rosa Luxemburg at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the

Carnations lay on the grave of former German socialists' leader Rosa Luxemburg at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the

Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the co

Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the co

Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the co

Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the co

People line up to commemorate former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on their graves at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan.

People line up to commemorate former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on their graves at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan.

A man with a yellow west and a poster reading 'The fight is far from its end' and showing portraits of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht attends a de

A man with a yellow west and a poster reading 'The fight is far from its end' and showing portraits of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht attends a de

Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th an

Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th an

Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th an

Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th an

BERLIN (AP) — Left-wing German politicians and supporters have gathered at a Berlin cemetery to honor two communist leaders who were killed 100 years ago in the turbulent aftermath of World War I.

Leaders of the opposition Left Party laid wreaths honoring Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at the capital's Friedrichsfelde cemetery on Sunday. The party derives in part from East Germany's ruling communists.

Many others laid red carnations at the site in the annual commemoration.

Those present included East Germany's last hardline leader, Egon Krenz, under whom the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, and his successor Hans Modrow, the now-defunct state's last communist leader.

Liebknecht and Luxemburg were killed on Jan. 15, 1919, by soldiers who arrested them shortly after a failed uprising.