Section of Berlin Wall, Known as the East Side Gallery, Torn Down Despite Protests

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


Apparently not even David Hasselhoff could stop construction crews from tearing down a famous stretch of what remains of the Berlin Wall.  When locals found out about the plans to relocate a portion of what is now known as the East Side Gallery to make room for a new luxury apartment complex, they took to the streets in protest and for a while were able to prevent the demolition.  David Hasselhoff made a return visit to the wall to join the protesters despite holding a rally back in 1989 to fight to tear it down.  Even after his and the people’s efforts, the removal carried on at 5am Wednesday morning when most protesters where back at home sleeping.

Kani Alavi, one of the protesters wanting to protect that stretch of the wall told reporters “I can’t believe they came here in the dark in such a sneaky manner… All they see is their money. They have no understanding for the historic relevance and art of this place.”  Another commented that “I feel so betrayed that they tore down that piece of the wall while I was asleep. They knew that so many Berliners don’t want the wall to be touched.”

According to the lead investor in the new apartment complex, Maik Uwe Hinkel, yesterday’s removal was necessary to make a path for construction vehicles to go in and out of the site, and claims it is a temporary move for now.  After looking for some time, no alternative route could be found and Hinkel was unwilling to wait any longer to get the project underway.

What do you think about the timing of the removal?  Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.


Sources: ABC News
Photo by Viktor Rosenfeld via flickr

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