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Historic Berlin Wall section removed amid protests

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Author: REUTERS/SCANPIX

A German property developing firm has removed parts of a historic stretch of the Berlin Wall amid heavy police presence, despite a week of protests.

Builders removed four segments of the so-called East Side Gallery stretch on Wednesday, March 27,  morning to open access to a building site for blocks of flats, BBC reported.

In total, 22m will be taken down for the riverside flats.

The re-development project has sparked outrage among citizen groups, who say the site is a symbol of freedom.

Workers tried to dismantle the segments on 1 March but were forced to halt their plans when angry demonstrators blocked their path. Another small part of the stretch has already been removed.

Set on the banks of the River Spree, the East Side Gallery is the Wall’s longest remaining stretch, measuring 1.3km (0.8 miles).

It became one of the city’s most visited attractions in the early 1990s after international artists painted its concrete surfaces with strong, often irreverent images depicting, for example, Soviet and East German leaders locked in a kiss.

But in recent times it has turned into a symbol for the gentrification of the new Berlin, with property developers seeking to build apartments along the river.

Although the stretch was heritage-listed in 1991, the protection applies only to the wall itself, not to the land it stands on.

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