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More East Germans crowd into Prague embassy

About 40 more East Germans reportedly have slipped into the closed West German Embassy, avoiding a round-the-clock cordon of plain-clothes and uniformed policemen to join at least 100 other refugees seeking political asylum.

Security had been tightened after about 10 East Germans scaled the embassy's six-foot wrought-iron back fence Saturday. The patrols were removed Monday without explanation.

East Germany kept silent on the standoff, considered an embarrassment amid the weekend fanfare marking the 35th anniversary of the founding of the East German communist state.

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