East Side Gallery – your last chance to save it!

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The East Side Gallery, a 1.3 km section of the Berlin Wall painted by international artists in 1990 is under threat of destruction and we need your help to save it.

Property developer Heskel Nathaniel of Trockland Management plans to build a monstrous hotel and apartment complex on the banks of the river Spree behind the East Side Gallery on what is known as the former death strip. Such construction is illegal under Berlin’s Historic Monument Law. The East Side Gallery was declared a listed (and thus protected) monument in 1991. Sadly this Law didn’t stop the Berlin Senate issuing a building permit to a former member of the Stasi who built a block of flats, “Living Levels” on part of the death strip. This is not only morally repugnant but also criminal.

It is essential that the East Side Gallery survives as a monument and that the skyline is maintained as free and open. The planned hotel complex would tower over the Gallery like a malevolent shadow and would effectively be the death of the East Side Gallery. The area behind the Gallery should be maintained as a recreational area for all. It should definitely not become a rich man’s playground.

The alliance ‘Save the East Side Gallery!’ currently consists of action groups such as ‘Mediaspree versenken!’, ‘Megaspree’ and ‘East Side Gallery – A Monument to Joy’.

We are calling on Berlin’s mayor Michael Müller (SPD) and the Berlin Government to revoke the Building permit which was issued to Trockland as this was issued illegally. We are also calling on the Berlin Government to treat the East Side Gallery and former death strip with the respect they deserve and to support us in our aims.

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