Detested for nearly three decades as a symbol of oppression, the Berlin Wall again sparked angry protests Friday when a crane began dismantling a segment under plans for a new housing development.
Police face protesters with a banner reading 'Does culture still mean anything?' during the removal of a section of the East Side Gallery, a 1.3 km long remnant of the Berlin Wall, for a housing project on February 28, 2013. Demonstrators rallied in front of the Berlin Wall's longest remaining stretch on Friday as a crane dismantled a section of the wall to make way for new flats.
About 200 demonstrators of all ages gathered in front of the Wall's longest remaining stretch where police grimly stood between them and the barrier that once made East Berliners prisoners of their own country.
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