Three upended buses, a reminder of a barricade erected in Aleppo in 2015 at the height of the Syrian civil war, appeared in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday as part of an installation by Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Three upended busses were placed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday (November 10) as part of an installation by a Syrian-German artist, a poignant reminder of a defensive barricade erected in Aleppo at the height of the Syrian civil war. The installation had sparked protests by far-right activists when it was shown in the east German city of Dresden last February. Demonstrators said it belittled the memory of the city's own devastating bombing during World War Two. Artist Manaf Halbouni said the exhibit - which evoked when Syrian rebels sought to protect Aleppo from government snipers - was meant to send a message of unity. Entitled "Monument," the red and white disused busses stand just one block away from the Holocaust Memorial, a somber reminder of the millions killed during the Nazi regime. Aleppo, the Syrian city that inspired the installation, was taken over by the Syrian army in December 2016 after years of fighting with rebels and a bloody siege that forced the rebels to retreat.