Day Of Broken Dreams

Germany's political fringe disrupts a massive plea for tolerance

GOOD INTENTIONS ARE SOMETIMES BLINDSIDED, BUT rarely so spectacularly. Expressing revulsion toward a wave of antiforeigner violence that has spread across their nation this year, 300,000 German demonstrators -- nearly four times the number expected -- converged in Berlin's Lustgarten to rally for goodwill. But in full view of world media, the demonstration turned into an ugly spectacle of egg-splatting, paint-bombing counterprotest -- staged not by the neo-Nazi right, whose xenophobia prompted the march in the first place, but by some 400 left-wing anarchists. Chancellor Helmut Kohl was forced to abandon the procession shortly after beginning it. More enduring was the...

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