In September 1989, a popular movement against the communist government of the German Democratic Republic began with a few hundred people gathering in a small church square in Leipzig.
The weekly protests gathered momentum across East Germany and within six weeks an estimated 300,000 took part, many waving banners proclaiming “We Are The People!”.
It was called the “quiet earthquake” which helped demolish the Berlin Wall and defrost the Cold War.
Now the same device of a weekly, after work, silent show of strength is being employed by another movement in Germany.
They call themselves Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of The West or PEGIDA and have seen their support mushroom in a matter of weeks .