Since the 1980s this wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles songs. The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint. In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs would write their grievances with the government on the wall and this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. Even when the wall was repainted by authorities on the second day after the original portrait, the next day it was again full of poems and flowers. Today, the wall represents a symbol of youth ideals such as love, peace, and free speech.
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