Refugees: Storming the Palace

Czechoslovak police filled the narrow cobbled streets around the Palais Lobkowitz in central Prague last week, checking the documents of anyone passing by the imposing building that houses West Germany's embassy. Inside, West German guards nervously scanned the garden walls. Both forces were trying to stem a small flood of East German citizens who had been pouring into the embassy compound, at one point scaling the walls to gain asylum and the hope of eventual transfer to the West. At week's end about 100 refugees were huddled inside the former Czechoslovak palace, to the embarrassment of the Bonn government...

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