After weeks of demonstrations on East German city streets, the country's embattled communist leaders organized their own rallies this weekend only to face a grilling by disgruntled citizens demanding reforms. The state-controlled television news reported extensively on the rallies attended by tens of thousands of people Sunday in East Berlin, Karl-Marx-Stadt, and Leipzig.

At the rallies, communist hard-liners-turned-reformists were grilled by participants, with many demanding more democratic freedoms, controls on the security police, and an end to official privileges.

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