February 1989

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    Poland: The onset of the Round Table talks; after the plenary meeting, participants start to work in working groups.
    German Democratic Republic: Chris Gueffroy is shot during an attempt to escape from East Germany; he is the last victim of the Berlin Wall.
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    Bulgaria: The Independent Confederation of Labour “Podkrepa” (Nezavisima federatsiya na truda “Podkrepa”) is established.
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    Hungary: The plenary assembly of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party (Magyar Szocialista Munkáspárt) gives its permission for a multi-party system.
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    Soviet Union: An interview with Lech Wałęsa is published in the “Novoye Vremya” weekly.
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    Soviet Union: The withdrawal of the last units of the Red Army from Afghanistan.
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    Soviet Union: 300,000 people take part in an independence demonstration in Vilnius.
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    Bulgaria: 102 intellectuals sign a letter to express their solidarity with the imprisoned Václav Havel.