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Removal of Berlin Wall section put on hold

The sun shines through crack former BerlWall when police officers stfront it during protest East Side Gallery part Wall BerlGermany

The sun shines through a crack of the former Berlin Wall when police officers stand in front of it during a protest at the East Side Gallery part of the Wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 3, 2013. Thousands of people protested against the removal of a small part of the wall for the construction of an apartment building. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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BERLIN — A real estate developer has put on hold until at least mid-March plans to remove part of one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall.

On Friday, hundreds of angry protesters prevented construction workers from removing all but a tiny piece of the 22-meter (72-foot) section of the East Side Gallery wall to make way for an access path for a luxury housing project.

Several thousand demonstrators protested against the construction plans on Sunday.

Work was supposed to resume this week but Volker Thoms, a spokesman for project investor Maik Uwe Hinkel, said Monday it has been put on hold until at least March 18.

A forum that brings authorities together with locals is scheduled to meet on that day. Over the weekend, Hinkel spoke with Berlin’s mayor.

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