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Willi Stoph and Erich Honecker (May 1, 1984)
Leading SED politicians viewed the traditional May Day parade in East Berlin from a raised platform positioned directly along the marchers' route. This photograph shows Willi Stoph (left), Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the GDR, and Erich Honecker (center), Chairman of the Council of State of the GDR, at the parade on May 1, 1984. The raised right fist was the traditional salutation of the workers’ movement. Photo by Manfred Uhlenhut.