Removal of Berlin Wall section put on hold
ASSOCIATED PRESS March 4, 2013 9:00AM
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)
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.