Centenary of murders of German Communist leaders marked in Berlin

Thousands of people gathered in Berlin on Sunday to mark 100 years since the murders of Communist revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.

Communists and left-wing sympathisers led a march to the Friedrichsfelde Cemetery in the east of the German capital where red carnations were placed on their gravestones.

The pair, who were leaders of the German Communist Party, were murdered by right-wing troops known as the Freikorps on January 15, 1919 on the orders of authorities keen to crush the revolutionary movement.