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Protesters Block Dismantling of Part of Berlin Wall - East Side Gallery: 'Let the Wall Stand'

World  (tags: East Side Gallery, Berlin, Berlin Wall, art, artists, protests )

- 1934 days ago -
In 1989, the crowds yelled for the Berlin Wall to come down. But, on Friday, hundreds of protesters stopped workers from dismantling part of the longest remaining stretch of the Wall so that a luxury apartment complex could be built.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 8:09 pm

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 8:45 pm

I have mixed feelings about this. Time does march forward, and there wasn't much positive to remember about the WALL, nor do I expect people to learn and understand the historical significance of what those times were about. I have fond memories of watching Bernstein conduct his orchestra while people were tearing down that damn wall.

I think about those concentration camps, now open for visitors to wander through while munching a bag of chips and drinking a coke and wonder if we marked any form of historical imprint by keeping them. For those few, who will in the future still bother to read history, the wall will be important because of how it tells a story, not by it's rubble. Today few have time to be bothered with actual history, a few pictures and quick outline is about the level interest one can expect from the public.

"Lest we forget".... we forget before it's over.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 8:55 pm
WELCOME back Kit! Happy to see you online but hope it will not be too exhausting for you?!
You raise good and valid points, have you watched the video as well? It is also for the art value, after all hundreds of international artists contributed to this East Side Gallery, plus this "attack" of tearing down came unexpected and not preannounced,- now really, a 60 meter high luxeryapartment building at THAT spot is absolutely inappropriate.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 9:02 pm

It may be inappropriate, Angie, and I was surprised and taken aback when I first heard of this. After thinking about it for a while, I wonder if it really matters. History should be held as scared, but over and over I see learning facts as irrelevant, history seen as boring stories from yesterday and the only thing that appeals is something shiny and new. Tragic that we continue to fail to learn from yesterday's errors.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 9:08 pm
I refuse to swim with that stream, we do not have to continue that way, we CAN turn this around and make sure coming generations learn!

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 9:41 am
Thanks Angelika

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 10:04 am
notato angelika!!!!! grazie per il informazzione!!!!!!

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:28 pm
Noted. Thanks

M B (62)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:43 pm
This WALL shouldn't be destroyed, it's history. Better destroy the Wall in the mid-east, set the Palestinians free !!
That wall shouldn't be there, but the Berlin-wall must remain.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:45 pm
Berlin is your home. Berlin is a huge symbol of the cold war for me. Let future generations have some feeling of the cold war. Please let the wall stand.

M B (62)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:47 pm
sorry, I meant to say : THAT PART of the Berlin wall must remain; as a big outdoor museum.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:48 pm

You cannot currently send a star to Betsy because you have done so within the last day.
and ********* to Monka!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:51 pm
Monka, we understood you well. and the east side gallery already IS the largest outdoor art gallery, to hack it in pieces means destroying art and culture! AND history!

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 3:16 pm
How much of the original wall is still extant? If this is the official monument to the failed system of communism, then it is preferable to a hotel. But the walls still exist in Ireland, the border between the US and Mexico and in Israel. These do nothing to help. They, too, are symbols of failed systems. They , too, need to be torn down. In time, all of them or what remains of them.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 5:03 pm
I personally don't like walls, we have the wall that so many are suffering from between Palestein and Israel, but the Great Wall of China has become a tourist attraction for them. We have a mess in our Country, the USA, over the wall at our southern border. Most forget that we had no wall for a lot of years with not so much trouble until NAFTA and the "War on Drugs" both created by our so called Leadership. People forget, that walls may keep people out but walls can also keep people in.....I'm not so trusting anymore with NDAA and the Patriot Act.

I saw and have my photo taken next to 4 sections of the Berlin Wall that now is standing in 4 sections in a park in Nova Scotia, Canada. Perhaps that might be a solution, to remove the sections nicely and set them in a lot of various places throughtout the city with a plague telling who the artist was and the historical significance of the wall.

At the very least perhaps the people of the area should get the right to vote upon whether they want the wall or not. I don't live there, but I understand how it feels to have things sprung upon one without there being an conversation or a vote to it.

linda g (3)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 5:09 pm
Why not have a community mediator auction off sections of the wall for returns on the hotel construction costs or to go to local/regional charities?

Brendan Bourke (0)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 6:05 pm
Should definitely stay.

Angelika R (143)
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:50 am
Hartson - yes, this artfully decorated stretch, named "East Side Gallery" are the last remains of the horrible wall once deviding Berlin. All the rest is torn down and destroyed. There were more demonstrations of protest over the weekend, more than 6000 people participated. Now it looks like some arrangement might be reached, that investor who wants to build the apartment complex (NOT a hotel as some said here) has announced a temporary halt until end of March and the Senate of Berlin is holding discussions over the matter. We'll see..

Ram Reddy (7)
Monday March 4, 2013, 8:28 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday March 4, 2013, 10:27 am
I actually thinks that a part of the wall must be kept in its place as a symbol of that period and the sufferings that many Germans have been through on both sides of the wall. Even the Apartheid wall which now separates Palestinians from their farms and homes. When it is torn,and it will certainly be,a part of it must be kept where it is as a symbol for the next generations.

Angelika R (143)
Monday March 4, 2013, 10:45 am
You cannot currently send a star to Abdessalam because you have done so within the last day.

Carla van der Meer (648)
Monday March 4, 2013, 12:24 pm
Part of the wall should always stand as testament to the past and as warning for the future. Gentrification is yet another evil which must be dealt with, it destroys historic structures and areas and displaces residents to make way for expensive dwelling and shops. Developers are one of the great evils at work today.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday March 4, 2013, 5:53 pm
Noted. Thanks, Angelika. I agree that leaving a portion helps people to "never forget."

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 12:39 am
It's their wall.
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