Demonstration against the single ticket voting system, Leipzig, May 7 1989: Photo (or film?) being shot from one of the gable windows [19/19]



May 7 1989
Created By: Roland Quester, Quelle: BStU

License: Creative Commons License

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Exhibition theme: A Semblance of Normalcy


banner (flag), building, camera, flag of the GDR


arrest, camera, fair, local election, protest, surveillance


Ministry for State Security, People's Police



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"The photos were taken in inner-city Leipzig on the day of the last local elections in East Germany 1989. There had been an appeal for people to make a clear show of their protest against the single ticket voting system by taking their ballot cards to Leipziger Markt. Those who did were meant to thereby use them as proof that they had not voted. Naturally the government body got hold of the flyers announcing the appeal and promptly organized for a fair to be held on Leipziger Markt the same day. They sent a tremendous amount of plain-clothed Stasi to the inner-city (many equipped with video and photographic gear) and riot police were ready and waiting in the side streets. I tried to document all of that. Then at some point, while taking pictures of a Stasi arrest, they realized that my camera and I did not belong to them but to the others and they arrested me. My films were confiscated and are currently located at the BStU [Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives]."

Roland Quester