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Berlin Wall protests criticized

The Local · 5 Mar 2013, 13:26

Published: 05 Mar 2013 13:26 GMT+01:00

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According to daily newspaper taz, last Sunday's destruction work, which drew a sizeable protest before being suspended until March 18th, was not meant to make way for a block of luxury flats at all - but a footbridge.

Moreover, the project of rebuilding the bridge in question - the Brommybrücke, destroyed by the Nazi regime in the last days of World War II - had been planned shortly after the reunification of Germany in 1990.

In 2008, the "Mediaspree versenken" initiative to stop building on the area around the East Side Gallery, made an alternative referendum proposal that involved rebuilding the Brommybrücke as a pedestrian bridge and demolishing the same 22-metre section of the Berlin Wall. This was not criticized at the time.

But the initiative has always opposed the building of a tower block in the area which, the activists point out, is a violation of the referendum that 87 percent of the district electorate voted for in 2008.

This luxury tower block, developed by building contractor Maik Uwe Hinkel would require an already existing gap in the wall - which provided access to a beach bar - to be widened by from 7.8 to 12.8 metres. This work has not yet started.

"Mediaspree" is the name for one of Berlin's long-term major redevelopment projects - conceived in the 1990s - to locate several media companies along a 3.7 kilometre stretch of the River Spree in the German capital.

The land for this block of flats was sold to an investor in the early 1990s, and the plan for the building was made a few years later.

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But following the popular opposition, the Berlin senate attempted to find an alternative space for the investor, though Berlin Finance Minister Ulrich Nußbaum denied this process, on the grounds that denying it was not in the "whole city's interests."

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Your comments about this article

13:13 March 5, 2013 by ichbines
If it is so revered why is it being destroyed? Why do they not move it somewhere into storage? All the protestors could surely get together enough money to store it until a museum somewhere agrees to take it over.
22:52 March 5, 2013 by royp
This is typical of the lazy spoilt idiots that have flocked to Berlin, these are people who just want to enjoy their days till they inherit from their wealthy parents. They have such a sense of entitlement, as they have never worked a day in their lives, and feel that they are too good to work.

What real art, culture,theatre, music, film TV or other media of any quality has come from post Wall falling Berlin, that is of an international standard =zero, spoilt bunch of self indulgent over entitled wasters, wasting my tax money., the art on the wall if it was good would have either already been removed and sold or the copyright to the images sold, it wasn't because the art was just not very good,just like everything else in Berlin. Berlin just became a magnate for these no hope losers, that failed everywhere else, not exactly an artistic elite. And of course they want no development in Berlin that is just too much real world, like the type that mummy and daddy had to do, back in Western German cities to create the wealth they will inherit. Grow up go home, help your parents and earn your living and allow the real Berliners to have normal jobs that will pay their bills and give them some pride back, Berlin needs real commercial development, not wasting my tax money on sub standard vanity projects.
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