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

The people on strike

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In November 1989 the influence of the single ruling party, the SED, was still omnipresent: in factories and institutes, in education, in the army and in the residential areas. The people increasingly categorically rejected the SED as the force that was responsible for the political crisis and the economic plight of the GDR.

The growing protest against the party and its state security service was expressed in a variety of ways up until February 1990. These included demonstrations, strikes and prison revolts. There were numerous appeals and collections of signatures at workplaces and by the citizens' initiatives.

Even members of the People's Police and the National People's Army protested. They were no longer prepared to do the dirty work for the SED state. At the end of November, even a few thousand staff members of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi) demonstrated on the inner courtyard of the ministry - although this was closed to the public. They demanded the resignation of their leaders.

Workers in several factories in Dresden went on a warning strike on 24 January 1990. As in other places, there were demonstrations against the old power structures just being revamped instead of replaced by democratic structures.
источник: Steffen Giersch/Dresden
On 30 November 1989, 1,800 prisoners in the penal institution in Bautzen I went on hunger strike. From 4 December onwards, there were strikes in Bautzen II, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Stollberg and Plauen prisons. There were more to follow. The inmates demanded more humane prison conditions and a review of their sentences in accordance with the rule of law
источник: imago stock & people/Schulze
источник: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft
Like these staff at the district hospital in Stollberg (Saxony), outraged employees in many different jobs collected signatures against the SED. Their intention was to prevent the party, responsible for the plight of the GDR, from exercising any further influence.
источник: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft
Flyers with this “Obituary for the SED” began to circulate in Haldensleben (Saxony) in November 1989.
источник: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft
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