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John Lennon Wall

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Honouring the memory of John Lennon this wall displays the allegory of freedom

Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1

 

Honouring the memory of John Lennon this wall displays the allegory of freedom and creates colourful scenery in the hearth of the Lesser town (Malá Strana). During the ´70s, the former Czechoslovakia (as it was then) was the decade of repression. The Communist regime installed by the Soviets dictated everything from the hairstyle to the music you were allowed to listen to.  But some people would not step down and they stood against authorities, fighting for their rights. For those people John Lennon embodied values like freedom and peace, especially among the younger generation.

 

 

When Lennon was murdered some Czech citizens had lost one of their heroes and wanted to keep his message alive. They found a wall in a little hidden wall in a small square and started painting pictures and lyrics of Lennon on the wall. Shortly the police painted the messages and trying to keep their freedom of speech to live, the people repainted them. This struggle continued until the Velvet revolution (17th of November 1989), communist times were over and citizen´s weren´t restricted to express themselves. Once again the wall was alive with the difference that no police or government will delete it, and now every day you can find something new on it!

 

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