The Berlin Wall comes tumbling down – again

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 | Comments Off on The Berlin Wall comes tumbling down – again

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For nearly 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the hated symbol of the division of Europe, a grey, concrete mass that snaked through neighbourhoods, separating families and friends. On Wednesday, it took hundreds of police to guarantee the safe removal of what’s left of the wall after several protests in the past weeks.

Construction crews, protected by about 250 police, hauled down part of the 1.3-kilometre strip of the wall called the before dawn to provide access to a planned luxury apartment complex overlooking the Spree River.

Even though most of the strip remains intact, the move angered many Berliners, who believe that developers are sacrificing history for profit.

The site, known as the East Side Gallery, has become a major tourist attraction, painted by 120 artists with colourful scenes along the grey concrete tiles.

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