The epicenter of the rally was St. Nicholas Church, where Pastor Christian Führer had held weekly prayer peace vigils since 1982. People walked peacefully with lit candles and banners. Police were armed and ready nearby.
A BBC reporter, the late Brian Hanrahan, secretly videotaped the protests from his hiding place in the organ loft, and on the street among the marchers as well. Read the story here (page down about 2/3 to see the video link, captioned, "Protesters risked bloodshed by taking to the streets." The BBC broadcast his report the next day, November 10.
A week later East Germany's leader resigned. A month later the Berlin Wall came down.
“Without Leipzig, the Berlin Wall would not have fallen, let alone the reunification of Germany,” Pastor Führer is quoted by BBC News. "Without the church it would have been like all other revolutions before - bloody and unsuccessful."
To that should be added praise to everybody who risked their lives and livelihoods -- including Mikhail Gorbachev and every other player who said "No" to bloody warfare and "Yes" to peaceful life. Blessed be the peacemakers. They are the real heroes.