Toni Piqué
Praga
La paret Lennon

agost  de 2009

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John Lennon and the Communist regime.
Lennon was a hero to the  pacifist youth of Central and  Eastern Europe during
the totalitarian era.  Prior to 1989  when communism ruled,  western pop songs
were banned  by  Communist authorities,  and  especially John Lennon´s songs,
because  it  was praising  freedom that didn't  exist here.  Some musicians were
actually jailed for playing it!
When John Lennon was murdered  in 1980 he became a sort of hero to some of
the  young  and his picture was painted on this wall,   for whatever reason right
here, along with graffiti defying the authorities.   Don't forget that back then the
Czech people had few  opportunities  to  express their feelings with their lack of
freedom. By doing this, those young activists risked prison  for what authorities
called "subversive activities against the state".
But the threat  of  prison couldn't  keep  people  from  slipping there at night to
scrawl graffiti first in the form of  Beatles lyrics and odes to Lennon,  then they
came to paint their own feelings and dreams on the wall.
The  Communist  police  tried  repeatedly  to  whitewash  over  the  portrait and
messages of peace but they could never manage to keep the wall clean.   On the
second day it was again full of poems and flowers with paintings of Lennon.
Even  the  installation  of  surveillance cameras and the posting of an  overnight
guard couldn't stop the opinions from being expressed.
John Lennon Peace Wall
The Lennon Wall represented not only a memorial to John Lennon and his ideas
for peace, but also a monument  to free speech  and the  non-violent rebellion of
Czech youth against the regime. It was a small war of  Czech people  against the
communist police who cleaned the wall.

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