The Berlin Wall was once of the starkest reminders of the Cold War. It was put up by communist East Germany in 1961, to stop its citizens from fleeing to West Berlin. But today, the wall that once snaked around the whole German capital is almost entirely gone.
Except for at the East Side Gallery. Today, the one-mile-long stretch of the wall contains murals by artists from around the world.
But on Friday, construction workers began removing a 22-meter chunk of the wall, the first step in a project that aims to build a luxury apartment tower on the site.
And that has caused a stir -- 200 people turned out to protest, and three were arrested.
Kani Alvi is an artist whose mural appears on the wall. He says the wall is too historically significant to tamper with.
"This is the longest remaining stretch of the wall. If we take it apart, we won't have proof to show future generations how extensive the wall was, and how it divided the people," he said. "And this is a message that we must continue teaching. Without the wall, future generations won't believe how it really was.
1.dismantle vt. 拆除；取消；解散
We dismantled the machine and shipped it in pieces.
2.tamper with 篡改；贿赂；胡乱摆弄
The letters may have been tampered with.