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David Hasselhoff joins protests against plans to demolish parts of Berlin Wall (VIDEO)

The Hoff, aka David Hasselhoff, has added his voice to protests against plans to demolish a section of the Berlin Wall.
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US actor and singer David Hasselhoff is showered with confetti as he is addressing fans and campaigners at the East Side Gallery on March 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany, to protest against the planned demolition of a part of these remains of the former Berlin Wall. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hoff, aka David Hasselhoff, has added his voice to protests against plans to demolish a section of the Berlin Wall.

According to the Associated Press, developers want to knock part of what remains of the Cold War symbol, which divided east and west Berlin for 28 years.

At least 136 people died trying to cross the wall between 1961 and 1989.

The wall officially came down in November 1989, however two sections were left standing.

In 1990, a three-quarter-mile stretch was decorated with murals and dubbed known as the East Side Gallery.

Developers want to remove a 22-yard stretch of the gallery to build luxury apartments. Hasselhoff, star of "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider," has put his name behind a campaign to preserve.

Hasselhoff joined ordinary Berliners Sunday to protest the plans, calling it a "sacred."

According to the Guardian, Hasselhoff is "adored" by many Germans owing to his 1989 New Year's Eve performance of his song "Looking for Freedom" on top of the wall at the Brandenburg Gate.

The song went to No 1 on the German charts, the Independent noted.

The AP cited Hasselhoff as telling reporters:

"It's about people and it's about hearts that were broken, hearts that were torn apart and lives that were lost. That's what we're talking about today, not a piece of real estate."

Meanwhile, Hasselhoff told his Twitter followers Monday:

"How can you tear down the wall that signifies freedom, perseverance and the sacrifice of human life?"

He linked to a petition that already has more than 62,000 signatures.

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