Berlin: Escalation of Emotions

Anti-American demonstrations may be acceptable elsewhere in the world, but they are practically sacriligious in West Berlin, whose citizens know they owe their freedom to American determination to keep them free. Thus last week, when 10,000 leftist students marched through the streets carrying Communist banners, chanting "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh" and crying their hatred of the "Amis," the city's reaction was immediate and visceral. Spurred by angry newspaper editorials, Mayor Klaus Schutz called West Berliners out for a giant pro-American demonstration that would serve as "an answer to the radicals and rowdies in our city."

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