INTRODUCTION West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt pledged an unrelenting war against violence on Wednesday (13 April) during an emotional address at the state funeral for murdered Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback.
GV Scene of assassination with body of Herr Buback lying on ground
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GV Body being taken away while people watch
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GV INTERIOR Guard of honour moving alongside coffins in church
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SV Scheel and others pay respects to coffin in church
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GV EXTERIOR Church
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Background: INTRODUCTION West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt pledged an unrelenting war against violence on Wednesday (13 April) during an emotional address at the state funeral for murdered Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback. Herr Schmidt said that after the dismal experience of Nazi dictatorship, Germans were not going to accept that their state was powerless against violence.
SYNOPSIS: Herr Buback was machine-gunned to death in Karlsruhe last week (8 April). Three alleged urban guerrillas ambushed the Federal Prosecutor's car, also killing his driver and bodyguard. Herr Buback was in charge of prosecuting the Baader-Meinhof urban guerrilla group. Police have named the three men suspected of the murders and an international search is being mounted, concentrating on Scandinavia. Herr Buback was a sworn foe of urban guerrillas. Herr Schmidt said at his funeral that 60 million West Germans stood behind the police in their fight against terrorism.
The funeral at Karlsruhe's Lutheran Church was one of the most impressive accorded a civilian in West Germany since World War Two. It was regarded as a national demonstration against the sporadic violence that has wracked the country in recent years. The three coffins lay on the altar flanked by a guard of honour while an orchestra and choir played solemn music. Herr Schmidt, whose government recently came under strong attack because of the bugging of suspected guerrillas in jail, said that controversial steps had sometimes been taken in the fight against violence.
Federal President Walter Scheel led ministers and officials crowding the church for the funeral ceremony. Flags were flown at half mast throughout the country. West Berlin's Mayor asked motorists there to stop their vehicles and observe a minute's silence with other West Berliners at the funeral.
Crowds massed in silence at the Market Square after the funeral while security men kept an eye on the proceedings. Herr Buback was awarded full military honours. The crowds watched the coffins of the three men, draped with the Federal eagle's crest and escorted by uniformed soldiers, as they were carried in slow procession. Herr Buback was buried in suburban Neureut.