‘Tear Down This Wall!’ border concert set to defy US President Donald Trump with music

Source:AFP Published: 2017/5/9 16:58:39

Musicians from both sides of the US-Mexican border, and from around the world, will come together next month in a symphonic protest over US President Donald Trump's plan for a wall to restrict immigration.

The crowdfunded June 3 show, announced Monday by the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, will take place in Friendship Park, which straddles the border between the Mexican city of Tijuana and San Diego in California.

"It's not the only wall in the world. The list of walls around the world is really long," said Markus Rindt, organizer of the project dubbed "Tear Down This Wall!"

But "nationalism is on the rise. And the (US-Mexico) wall is on people's minds."

Rindt, 50, was just a young man when Ronald Reagan in 1987 urged the Soviet Union to "Tear Down this wall" in Berlin - the quote that inspired his project.

Trump made a border wall with Mexico one of his leading campaign themes, claiming criminals and drug traffickers were flooding over the border, and that Mexico should pay for the new wall.

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