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  • Title 300 East Germans escape to freedom during celebrations
  • Publication Title The Sunday Telegraph
  • Collection The Sunday Telegraph
  • Date Sunday,  Aug. 20, 1989
  • Issue Number 1473
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Telegraph Media Group
  • Copyright Statement © Telegraph Media Group Limited.
300 East Germans escape to freedom during celebrations ■ ; :/;.*': '■': ■■'."■' • ABOUT 300 East Germans "gatecrashed" to freedom through Hungary into Austria yesterday. They pushed through a guarded border gate that was opened to demonstrate European unity. Hungarian officials said they could have stopped the escapeonly by using weapons. Politicians were to emphasise the unity with Europe by crossing over the border from Hungary to Austria and back again near the Hungarian city of Sopron, and having a picnic. Hungary began dismantling the barbed-wire fencing and electrical warning devices on its border with Austria three months ago. Since then, at least 1,600 East Germans are estimated to have crossed illegally into Austria from Hungary, Once in Austria they get documents from the West German embassy in Vienna and move to West Gennany. All East Germans have a right to West German passports.