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Protesters block removal of historic Berlin Wall for condo project

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With chants of "Fill the gap!" protesters attempt to bring forward a styrofoam replica of a piece of the Berlin Wall in order to fill a gap created by construction workers in the East Side Gallery, which is the longest still-standing portion of the former Berlin Wall, as police try to block the protesters on March 1, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

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Protestors are gathering in front of a part of the former Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany, on March 1, 2013.

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People protest against the removal of a segment of the former Berlin Wall, now known as East Side Gallery, in Berlin on March 1, 2013.

Hundreds of angry protesters on Friday prevented construction workers from removing a section of one of the few remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, part of a plan to build a road to a new luxury condominium being built on the banks of the reunited city's Spree river.

Crews only managed to remove one section from the famous East Side Gallery before about 300 protesters pressed too close for work to continue. Demonstrators then wheeled in a mock wall section they had set up in front of the gap.

The East Side Gallery is the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall and is one of the German capital's most popular tourist attractions. It was recently restored at a cost of more than €2 million ($3 million) to the city.

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Police keep watch as workers remove a piece of the former Berlin Wall, now known as East Side Gallery, in Berlin on March 1, 2013.

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Police carry away a protester's styrofoam copy of a segment of the Berlin Wall at a demonstration against the removal of several segments of the original former Berlin Wall, now known as East Side Gallery, in Berlin on March 1, 2013.