Protest against Egon Krenz being installed as chairman of the State Council outside the State Council building in East Berlin, 24 October 1989.
Source: picture-alliance/dpa/Wolfgang Kumm

Citizens’ committees close down the secret police

On 16 January 1989, the day after the Stasi headquarters had been occupied, members of the citizens’ committee were checking the bags of employees of the secret police who were still active. Most MfS officers were dismissed in the next few days, while others helped to dissolve their own department, the foreign intelligence service.
Source: Bundesarchiv/183-1990-0116-015/Thomas Uhlemann
Reinhard Schult, Ingrid Köppe and Sebastian Pflugbeil (l.-r.) from New Forum at the Central Round Table,which set a course for completely dissolving the Stasi. Schult later led the “Operative Group”, which performed a valuable service by exposing the machinations of the secret police. Back row: Ingrid Brandenburg, Eberhard Seidel, Michael Beleites (l.-r.) and Steffen Reiche (r.).
Source: Johannes Beleites
According to this resolution of 23 February 1990 by the security working group of the Central Round Table, the General Reconnaissance Administration of the Stasi, the GDR foreign espionage service, was allowed to dissolve itself without being monitored. It later transpired that it had not only been spying abroad but had also kept track of opposition groups in the GDR.
Source: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft
According to this resolution of 23 February 1990 by the security working group of the Central Round Table, the General Reconnaissance Administration of the Stasi, the GDR foreign espionage service, was allowed to dissolve itself without being monitored. It later transpired that it had not only been spying abroad but had also kept track of opposition groups in the GDR.
Source: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft
After the elections for the People’s Chamber in March 1990, Minister of the Interior Peter-Michael Diestel (German Social Union) repressed the influence of the citizens’ committees. In June a special committee to dissolve the Ministry for State Security was set up, headed by Joachim Gauck. Control was handed over to the parliamentarians.
Source: Berliner Zeitung, 19.04.1990

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