West Germany: Rallying for Peace

Nuclear arms have become a powerful political issue

"We'll stop the Americans' neutron bomb, we'll remove the Soviets' SS-20's!" predicted an exultant pacifist as 300,000 West Germans poured into Bonn for the biggest demonstration ever held in the Federal Republic. They marched through the capital carrying carnations, crosses and banners: REAGAN'S PEACE IS OUR DEATH; TO BE OR NATO BE. Among the demonstrators was a predictable share of Communists. But the majority were markedly middleclass, like so many members of the powerful antinuke crusade that is causing in creasing political...

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