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Berlin Wall 1984 – A Clearly Pissed Off Man

A man takes a leak against the Berlin Wall near Checkpoint Charlie - 'Berlin Wall 1984' by AZCelts on YouTube

Photo: Screenshot from ‘Berlin Wall 1984’ by AZCelts on YouTube

West Berlin, West Germany in 1984 near Checkpoint Charlie in the American sector of the divided city.  A 24 year-old man decides to relieve himself on the wall separating the West from the East.”

It is surely no coincidence that the young man chooses a spot marked with the graffiti ‘Communist Guards Suck!’ for his act of defiance, as the Berlin wall was a hated symbol of the communist regime.

I can’t help thinking how dangerous it must have been to take a leak against the Berlin wall in 1984 in sight of a watchtower manned by East German guards.

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3 Responses to Berlin Wall 1984 – A Clearly Pissed Off Man

  1. tqe | Adam 30 May, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    We the guards really able to see what was directly on the other side of the wall, in its shadows, in that spot? I would guess that putting up graffiti would be equally “dangerous” if they could see, and it’s pretty clear that the East German guards did nothing about the graffiti covering the wall….

  2. Berlioz 30 May, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    This is bullshit as the man could not be seen from the guard tower at all. His intention could have well been defiance, but he was not in danger.

  3. Gerrit 30 May, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    I don’t think it was dangerous. I recently read somewhere on the web (can’t find the source right now) that peeing against the wall in the west was quite common and more or less accepted by the authorities. The eastern guards would not risk a conflict for urine, I think (it was on their territory though).

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