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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Barrier erected by U2 Berlin gig

Roger Boyes

U2's free concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has angered some Berliners.

Organisers have erected a barrier around the site of the concert which will block the view for those without tickets.

The move has triggered outrage from Berliners and tourists alike, all of whom see the irony in building wall around a concert dedicated to the wall that has come down.

"It's completely ridiculous that they are blocking the view," said Louis-Pierre Boily, 23, who said he came to Berlin even though he failed to get tickets.

Several hundred people have gathered by the roughly 12-foot metal fence, draped with a white tarp that blocked off the view of the stage from the street.

Some 10,000 tickets were made available online for the Irish rockers' free show and they were snapped up in just three hours.

The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, ending almost 30 years of Cold War division between the communist East and the democratic West.

MTV was not available to comment.

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