The Rights Taken Away from the East Germans during the Cold War

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During the Cold War, lots of East Germans had rights taken from them. The main causes were the East German government and Russia, which built the Berlin Wall, the main restricting barrier for the East Germans. Some of the rights that they East Germans lost, as stated at www.lowyinterpreter.org, “Many regimes in Eastern Europe refused to allow their citizens freedom to travel, and prisoners of conscience were jailed for trying to exercise their rights of expression, association and religion.” However, the main rights that were taken away from the East Germans were the rights of travel, and the right of good government/stable economy. When the Berlin Wall went up, it prevented travel for East Germans to anyplace other than surrounding …show more content…
During the Cold War, lots of East Germans had rights taken from them. The main causes were the East German government and Russia, which built the Berlin Wall, the main restricting barrier for the East Germans. Some of the rights that they East Germans lost, as stated at www.lowyinterpreter.org, “Many regimes in Eastern Europe refused to allow their citizens freedom to travel, and prisoners of conscience were jailed for trying to exercise their rights of expression, association and religion.” However, the main rights that were taken away from the East Germans were the rights of travel, and the right of good government/stable economy. When the Berlin Wall went up, it prevented travel for East Germans to anyplace other than surrounding countries that were also either allies with Russia, communist ruled, or being watched well by Russia. Everywhere else was off limits. After this happened, it took majority of the Cold War, before the East Germans started to unite and peacefully protest against the ways the government was.
One example of this was when Poland, one of the only countries that East Germans could travel to, decided to break out of a communist rule. This happened when Khrushchev took over for Stalin, and taking out all of the soviet controlled governments that Stalin had established throughout Europe. Poland started rioting in early 1956, and brought in democracy as their new government. As worded at www.johndclare.net, “Khrushchev had to send in Russian troops to help