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Lennonova zeď – Lennon Wall

There are surprisingly few photos on TrekEarth of the Lennon Wall in Prague.
John Lennon is the source of inspiration for the rich graffiti that has been continuously painted on this wall since 1980. It has become an expression of protest against violence and oppression and for love, peace and freedom.

In 1988 the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. After a brief period of democratization and liberalization known as the Prague Spring, the new communist government reversed the reforms.
Young Czechs wrote their displeasure at the loss of freedoms on the wall.
The liberalization movement to which the students belonged was called "Lennonism" (not to be confused with Leninism).

The original portrait of Lennon has since disappeared under several layers of new graffiti, but his portrait is always present.
The wall is still painted with new and varying protests against local or global problems, but also calls for love and peace remain one of the main themes
In April 2019 on Earth Day, the wall was painted over by the Extinction Rebellion activist group with slogans demanding action on climate change.
And in July 2019, artists painted a memorial on the wall to Marco Leung Ling-Kit, the activist at the 2019 Hong Kong demonstration against the extradition bill with China.
Because the wall was regularly worked by drunks and tourists (probably drunk too). That is why the city council decided in 2019 to install surveillance cameras.

■ Picture 1: I Love ………The lady in Red.. ► ◄
■ Picture 2: I Love ………The lady in Blue. ► ◄
■ Picture 3: We all love…JOHN……………► ◄

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