>> And in my heart.>> Let it be. That's what protestors are saying about this Beatles statue in Mongolia, which could be at risk of being torn down in an alleged land grab.>>
> We're going to try to protect this area. It's not only our personal space, but it's also a historical and cultural part of the city.>> Ulaanbaatar's population has doubled over the past two decades, plaguing the city with increased pollution and congestion. The strain on the city's infrastructure has forced it to rethink its planning of urban spaces, drawing criticism and corruption accusations for the sale of public land to wealthy buyers.
But they just destroyed all this.>> The monument was built to commemorate the country's transition to democracy in 1990. Once a space where Mongolians gathered to talk about banned Western pop music, it's become a quirky tourist attraction in recent years. But now, the area known as Beatles' Square is at the heart of a property development plan, as the city continues its rapid transformation into a bustling metropolis.
Protest began last week after announcements that construction would begin. Authorities have defended the development, calling it a car-free street project to build an underground shopping complex snd that the monument wouldn't be moved. But protesters have their doubts, as investors have failed to deliver on promises to protect public spaces in the past.
But this is one monument residents say they won't let go of. An icon that inspired generations and a symbol of the country's history.