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article imageActor David Hasselhoff stands with protesters at Berlin wall

By Anne Sewell     Mar 18, 2013 in World
Berlin - On Sunday, American actor David Hasselhoff joined thousands of protesters at the Berlin wall against plans to remove a section of wall to build a luxury apartment block.
Ending his speech with the song "Looking for Freedom," which he performed at the Brandenburg Gate on New Year's Eve in 1989 when demanding the wall be brought down, Hasselhoff once again took a stand for history.
Digital Journal reported on plans to remove a section of the Berlin Wall to make way for an apartment block and a footbridge over the River Spree. With the Berlin wall itself being an art gallery, Kani Alavi of the East Side Gallery was quoted as saying: "We see this act as a direct act of destruction towards the artwork, to the extent that you might as well tear the whole thing down. All the paintings have become a symbol of freedom in Berlin and Europe."
On Sunday thousands of protesters hit the streets to demand an end to plans for the construction works, with Hasselhoff, best known for his starring role in "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch, leading the fray.
Around 136 people died between 1961 and 1898 trying to cross the Berlin wall from communist-run East Berlin to West Berlin. Since then, much of the wall has been destroyed leaving only two large sections which are considered to be memorials.
Residents in Berlin are rallying against the plan which they say is part of a wider trend to destroy Berlin's tumultuous history in order to make way for gleaming new developments.
"This last piece of the wall is really sacred," Hasselhoff said.
"It's about people and it's about hearts that were broken, hearts that were torn apart and lives that were lost. That's what we're talking about today, not a piece of real estate."
"The Hoff", as he is known, added, "It's like tearing down an Indian burial ground. It's a no-brainer," before recounting his own memories of visiting East Germany shortly before unification.
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