1. Pan from Potsdamer Platz - focus of the 1953 protests - in the distance to building which was the then House of Ministers
2. Building with pictures of uprising on the wall
3. Memorial in front of building
4. Peter Bruhn walking
5. SOUNDBITE (German) Peter Bruhn, Uprising survivor:
''There were people shouting slogans. There was a lot of screaming, a lot of voices. There was noise from the engines of the tanks and the rattling of the (tank) tracks. You couldn't hear your own voice and the whole place was filled up with people but the tanks cleared the place and there was also some shooting.''
6. Bruhn at mural at building
7. SOUNDBITE (German) Peter Bruhn, Uprising survivor:
''I think that what began as a demonstration for the construction workers, at this moment, escalated to an uprising.''
8. Uprising pictures on wall on building
9. Exterior of St Marien church in Prenzlauerberg neighbourhood
10. Various of people in the pews
11. Clergy walking down the aisle
12. Three uprising members watching wreath laying ceremony at cemetery where 11 victims are buried
13. Chancellor Schroeder and other dignitaries at wreaths
German leaders on Tuesday paid tribute to pro-democracy protesters who rose up in then-communist East Germany 50 years ago, urging the nation to take pride in a revolt that has largely faded from memory in the west.
The uprising began with a protest by East Berlin construction labourers over higher work quotas - Germany was rebuilding after World War II - and grew into broad unrest with calls for free elections and German unity.
Protesters stormed public buildings and, in some cities outside Berlin, set up strike committees with the aim of wresting power from the communists.
In all, more than one (M) million people took part in the countrywide uprising against Stalinist rule, which peaked with street battles in East Berlin on June 17, 1953.
More than 100 protesters are believed to have been killed when the government - aided by Soviet tanks - crushed the protest.
The commemorations delved into a national divide over the event - indifference in the west, resentment in the east - that outlasted the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification the following year.
East German propaganda and schoolbooks portrayed the protesters as fascist Western agents until the country collapsed in the wake of huge peaceful pro-democracy protests in 1989.
West Germany had a June 17 annual memorial day.
But after reunification, it was replaced by October 3, the date on which the east rejoined the larger west in 1990.
A poll this week said only 17 percent of Germans favour returning to a June 17 holiday, while 75 percent support keeping October 3.
The poll in the Die Welt daily gave no margin of error.
Many historians and politicians now say the revolt belongs in the tradition of pro-democracy movements in the Soviet bloc, such as the 1968 Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia and the Solidarnosc trade union in Poland.
President Johannes Rau, whose post gives him the role of the nation's conscience, on Tuesday acknowledged that West Germany lost interest in the uprising during more than 40 years of Cold War separation that led to a gradual accommodation with the communist German state.