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Bonn focus for Unity Day and NRW celebrations

The Local · 2 Oct 2011, 12:35

Published: 02 Oct 2011 12:35 GMT+02:00

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Politicians used Saturday’s start of the festival to call upon the federal government to maintain the commitment it made to support Bonn after the decision was made to move the government to Bonn after reunification of the country.

Hannelore Kraft, NRW state premier, said the state government saw, “the years-long creeping process of movement of jobs at federal ministries from the Rhine to the Spree,” with great concern.

She will be joined on Monday for the main celebration of Germany’s reunification by President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others.

At least 200,000 people are expected at the festival each day of the three-day event, which also marks the 1946 founding of North-Rhine Westphalia – the British occupying forces decided to merge the North-Rhine and Westphalia provinces to create a new state.

Four men were arrested on Saturday night, suspected of possibly planning an attack on the festival, police said on Sunday.

The German-born men, aged between 22 and 27, are said to be members of the Islamist scene in the region, and had got hold of firearms. No further details were available.

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15:42 October 2, 2011 by Englishted
The British did this oh my god then it must be wrong ,no wonder the Islamist' s are getting irate.
19:34 October 2, 2011 by cromustang
yes it is truth. The British did this oh my god then it must be wrong ,no wonder the Islamist' s are getting irate.

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