David Hasselhoff returns to Berlin Wall, performs at protest (Video)
David Hasselhoff recently returned to the Berlin Wall for a mass protest, but this time, it was aimed at trying to save it.
The 60-year-old "Baywatch" alum performed at a demonstration in Germany on Sunday, March 17, to show solidary for protestors who oppose a plan to tear down some of the last remnants of the historical landmark that once divided Germany, where he maintains a large fan base.
(Check out PHOTOS of David Hasselhoff at the protest.)
The remaining parts of the Berlin Wall have become memorials for the some 136 people who died trying to cross it between 1961 and 1989, when most of the wall was dismantled. Germany become united a year later, symbolizing the collapse of Communist rule in Europe. The Cold War ended in 1991.
Real estate developers had proposed building apartments in place of the East Side Gallery, a 3/4 mile-long part of the historical structure, which had once divided the west and formerly-Communist-run east parts of the country.
Hasselhoff is famous in Germany for a pop music career. At the protest, he sang "Looking For Freedom" from a van. He had performed the song 23 years ago, on New Year's Eve of 1989 at Brandenburg Gate, which once separated the city. The track was part of the soundtrack for German'y reunification.
"I was honored in 1989 to sing on the wall," Hasselhoff told reporters. "It was a big surprise to me when they called and asked if I could sing on New Year's Eve and I said 'Only if I could sing on the wall,' knowing they would say 'No.' ... Both chancellors had to say 'yes.' They called back two days later and they said 'yes.' My children came over here and walked the wall."
"People will share the stories and they realize the severity of it and the fact that it keeps the memories of all the families of thousand and thousands and thousands of families that were torn apart, alive," he said.
The actor also posted on Twitter a cell phone video from the event, which showed hundreds of people crowded as dance music is heard.
"Thank you for turning up! It must have been at least 10,000 people! You CAN make a difference," he added.
WATCH a video of David Hasselhoff at the Berlin Wall protest, courtesy of the UK's ITN News.