Historic Berlin Wall section removed
March 28 , 2013
A historic stretch of the Berlin Wall has been removed by a German property developing firm despite ongoing protests.
Four segments of the East Side Gallery stretch were removed on Wednesday morning to create access to a building site for apartment blocks.
Around 250 police officers were on watch as the sections were dismantled.
The re-development project has sparked outrage across the city, with many saying the site is a symbol of freedom.
Builders first set out to dismantle the segments on March 1 but were forced to halt their plans after demonstrators blocked their way.
Another small part of the stretch has already been removed.
Set on the banks of the River Spree, the East Side Gallery is the Berlin Wall's longest remaining stretch measuring 0.8 miles.
It is one of the city's most visited attractions after international artists in the early 1990s painted its concrete surfaces with iconic images, including one depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker locked in a kiss.
The stretch was heritage-listed in 1991. However, the protection applies only to the wall and not the land.
The removed segments will be replaced once construction work is completed.
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