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    Hong Kong Protesters to Reconstruct 'Lennon Wall'

    Carlos Barria
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    In the wake of a Hong Kong protest clampdown, pro-democracy protesters pledge to rebuild the “Lennon Wall” in the heart of Hong Kong’s Protest Camp, which was dismantled Thursday morning.

    MOSCOW, December 12 (Sputnik) — Since the start of the protest, a wall near the protestor’s camp became the focal point for plastering thousands of messages supporting the protesters. Over the last couple months this wall has been known as the “Lennon wall”, an emotional symbol of the pro-democracy movement.

    Anticipating a clampdown by the police, protestors and volunteers began collecting and photographing the estimated 15,000 messages in order to reconstruct the wall both physically and digitally. 

    Allen Tang, a protester who helped dismantle the Lennon Wall and will oversee its digital reconstruction, said, “It was very difficult for us to start peeling the Post-Its off. Some of us just stood there for some time before actually starting the removal process… The event is not over for us and the meaning and spirit of the wall is not lost. We will continue to find different avenues to spread the message which the wall represents.”

    “An online version of the wall will go up early next year and will include more than 13GB of photos of the notes. Visitors to the website will also be able to add their own ‘electronic Post-Its’,” Tang told Agence France Presse. 

    In other attempts to save protest-inspired artwork, campaigners have asked local museums to take them for the time being. However, a spokeswoman for Hong Kong's cultural department said it had "not received any formal request about collecting or archiving the creative objects and artworks created at the Occupy Central protests."

    For now, the Lennon Wall has been reduced to a slab of empty grey concrete.


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