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June 1989 revisited: Hungary removes the border fence with Austria June 27, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

RTÉ has this fascinating photograph on its site today.

This iconic photograph from 27 June 1989 was carried around the world – depicting the former Hungarian leader Gyula Horn and the Austrian foreign minister Alois Mock, tearing through barbed wire with bolt cutters – severing the once electrified barbed wire that had separated their two countries.

The station slightly overstates the situation in its headline ’30 years since the first chink appears through Hungary’s Iron Curtain’ – matters in Hungary had already moved apace… but it almost immediately corrects it in the text.

But the weakening of the Iron Curtain that separated Eastern Europe from the West had already begun weeks beforehand.

The reception from the Soviets was crucial.

When word got through to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, official records show his response as being: “To be honest, I don’t see a problem with it.”


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