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Unformatted text preview: . But the protesters refused to disperse. They marched to the town hall and called for the mayor
to come outside and address their demands. Thomas Küttler, the superintendent of Plauen’s Lutheran church, volunteered to act as a
mediator. Inside the town hall, he found Plauen’s high-ranking officials cowering in fear. None would emerge to face the crowd. The
equation of power had fundamentally changed that day. A mighty totalitarian sys-tem of rule, erected over the course of four decades,
propped up by tanks and guns and thousands of Stasi informers, was crumbling before his eyes, as its rulers nervously chain-smoked in the
safety of their offices. The mayor finally agreed to address the crowd, but a Stasi official prevented him from leaving the building. And so
Küttler stood on the steps of the town hall with a megaphone, urging the soldiers not to fire their weapons and telling the demonstrators that
their point had been made, now it was time to go home. As bells atop the Lutheran church rang, the crowd bega...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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