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Swami Flies over Berlin Wall

On 15 September 1983 a 55-year-old swami from Quebec, Canada flew over the Berlin Wall in a motorized glider and was detained by authorities in East Germany for six hours. In West Berlin for the Global Village Peace Festival, Swami Vishnu Devananda wanted »to show that world peace can only be attained if it is shown that love can overcome barriers like this,« his spokesman said. The spokesman commented further, describing how the swami took off at 7 AM from a West Berlin meadow, soared over the heavily guarded, 4.2-meter wall, and landed 15 minutes later in Potsdamer Square. His craft was reported to resemble »an oversized dragon kite with a seat, three wheels, and a small motor.«