German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned her countrymen on Saturday not to forget or misuse German history, speaking ahead of October 3 celebrations to mark the 26th anniversary of the country's reunification following the end of the Cold War.

The chancellor called on Germans to oppose right-wing protesters who chant "Wir sind das Volk" ("We are the people") - a slogan used in anti-communist protests in former East Germany before the fall of the Wall.

Back then, the cry was "a very emancipatory one," Merkel said, but today it is shouted at rallies by people who believe they have been short-changed or neglected.

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