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With chants of “Fill the gap!” protesters attempt to bring forward a styrofoam replica of a piece of the Berlin Wall in order to fill a gap created by construction workers in the East Side Gallery, which is the longest still-standing portion of the former Berlin Wall, as police try to block the protesters on March 1, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Markus Schreiber / AP

Markus Schreiber / AP

Hundreds of angry protesters on Friday prevented construction workers from removing a section of one of the few remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, part of a plan to build a road to a new luxury condominium being built on the banks of the reunited city’s Spree river.

Crews only managed to remove one section from the famous East Side Gallery before about 300 protesters pressed too close for work to continue. Demonstrators then wheeled in a mock wall section they had set up in front of the gap.

The East Side Gallery is the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall and is one of the German capital’s most popular tourist attractions. It was recently restored at a cost of more than €2 million ($3 million) to the city.

Thomas Peter / Reuters

Thomas Peter / Reuters

The wall section stood on the eastern side of the elaborate border strip built by communist East Germany and, when the border was closed, carried none of the graffiti that covered the western side of the wall.

On Friday, a protester carried a sign asking “does culture no longer have any value?” in bold letters, with “die yuppie scum” written in smaller letters.

“With our art we documented the peaceful revolution — it is a document that needs to be saved for the next generations,” said artist Kani Alavi, whose mural of hundreds of people streaming through an open wall is not affected by the construction. “If we destroy it now, we have nothing left to illustrate our past — we have to fight for keeping this historic document.”

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Source: NBC News


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  • bobby

    It is amazing that they would ever consider pulling down that section of the wall to build apartment buildings. Thousands of tourists flock there daily to see one of the significant remnants of Berlin’s history.

    Property developers globally seem to have the same disease.

  • parorchestia

    I agree. Sacrilege.