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Developer pledges to continue Berlin Wall removal

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago March 02, 2013 Mar 2, 2013 Saturday, March 02 2013 March 02, 2013 9:28 AM in News
By: Associated Press

BERLIN - A German property developer has rejected calls to halt work to remove one of the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, despite angry protests against the plan.

Maik Uwe Hinkel says work to move a 22-yard section of the 3/4 mile section of the wall will resume next week.

On Friday, hundreds of protesters stopped workers from moving the 19 concrete slabs, each about 4 feet wide, to make way for an access road to a luxury condominium being built on the banks of the reunited city's Spree river.

Hinkel said in a statement Saturday that his company has all necessary permits to move the mural-covered slabs and the road will also benefit the reconstruction of a bridge destroyed in World War II.

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