WESTERN BERLIN - President Reagan yesterday stood with his back to the grim, Communist-built wall that has divided this city for more than a quarter century and challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear it down.
The six towering columns of the historic Brandenburg Gate, which itself is just a short distance behind the graffiti-spattered wall, provided a backdrop for Reagan’s call on Gorbachev to prove to the world whether his new policy of “openness” was for real.
“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace, ” Reagan told thousands of cheering Berliners who thronged to the Strasse 17 June, the broad avenue named for the date of the 1953 anti-Soviet uprising in East Germany.
“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate, ” he said.
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
Earlier in day, Reagan and his wife stood on a balcony of the Reichstag, former home of the German parliament, and got a close-up view of the 13-foot high concrete wall, which he called “an ugly scar.”
New York Daily News
New York Daily News covers Ronald Reagan saying "Tear down this wall" to Mikhail Gorbachev in Berlin, Germany on June 13, 1987.J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP
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