The information Günter Schabowski gave at the press conference was not quite clear. Nevertheless, the West German news programme Tagesschau reported an hour later: “GDR opens border”. But the border was still closed. Thousands of people gathered at the crossing points in Berlin, shouting: “Open the gate! Open the gate!” The mass pressure left the border guards no other option. By two minutes after midnight all the border crossings inside the city were open.
Quelle: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft/Andreas Kämper/RHG_Fo_AnKae_483