Twenty-plus years after President Ronald Reagan ordered Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to â€œtear down this wall,â€ the final remnants are going to be torn down â€” to make room to build luxury apartments.
Six thousand protesters rallied Sunday at the portion of the wall â€” the last piece that still stands that once divided East and West Berlin â€” now known as the East Side Gallery, USA Today reported. City authorities gave the go-ahead to tear down the wall for a high-rise luxury complex and bridge.
â€œIâ€™m outraged by the decision to tear down this monument,â€ said Hildegard Heyer, a Berliner who joined the protest, USA Today reports. â€œThe East Side Gallery belongs to the history of Berlin and everyone.â€
Protesters were able to stall the demolition. On Friday, they blocked a crane from ripping out a 73-foot section of the wall, which is one of Berlinâ€™s biggest tourist attractions. Its most interesting drawing: The wall contains a mural of a kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his East German counterpart Erich Honecker.
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