Thousands of people demonstrated in Rome on April 22, Easter Sunday, in support of life, peace and disarmament throughout the world.
VATICAN CITY/ROME - APRIL 22 (FERRARIO)
CU PULL BACK TO SV People carrying banners and chanting; blue balloons held above demonstrators. (5 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators near St. Peter's Square. Symbol of Christ on float. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Demonstrators in square PAN TO crowd listening to Pope John Paul II
USAF BASE MUTLANGEN-APRIL 23 (ZDF)
GV Peace protesters arriving at US Air force base. (2 SHOTS)
GV Peace demonstrators gathering.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Demonstrators passing peace sign on wire perimeter fence. Symbolic crosses planted outside fence. (3 SHOTS)
CU Demonstrators carrying placards and peace signs. (3 SHOTS)
SV Peace people talking to troops
SV & GV Crowds listening to music outside base. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Thousands of people demonstrated in Rome on April 22, Easter Sunday, in support of life, peace and disarmament throughout the world. The demonstrators some carrying symbolic blue balloons, others placards of the poor and hungry, later joined more than 350,000 people in the Vatican City's St. Peter's Square, to hear the Easter message from Pope John Paul II. The protesters, who called especially for urgent action to combat world hunger, heard the Pontiff say that widespread material wealth co-existed with extreme poverty and penury, paid for with the death through hunger or thirst of millions of people. In West Germany, hundreds of thousands of peace supporters demonstrated over the Easter weekend, their first such moves since last October, when mass demonstrations failed to persuade the centre-right government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl from approving deployment of United States Cruise and Pershing-2 nuclear missiles. Over the whole weekend, an estimated 600,000 demonstrators gathered at US air bases and major cities throughout the country. On April 23, thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators took part in a three-base march at Mutlangen,, to encircle the three kilometre (2 mile) perimeter of the US Air Force Base. Mutlangen, with New Ulm and Heilbronn, was scheduled to receive some of the 108 Pershing missiles earmarked for West Germany by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
Protesters placed symbolic crosses at points round the perimeter, while others chatted to troops and police on duty. In an otherwise peaceful protest, a guard fired warning shots when four peace demonstrators entered the Mutlangen base after cutting through the wire fence. Police later detained 21 people.