PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Prague’s colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over.

The wall located at the heart of the Czech capital began to be painted with Lennon’s images and related graffiti after the Beatle’s assassination in 1980.

Under the communist regime, it became a symbol of freedom and opposition to communism. After the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution, it turned into a tourist attraction.

Recently, messages in support of democracy protests in Hong Kong appeared on the wall, while another Lennon wall sprang up in Hong Kong itself.

A group of art students claimed responsibility for painting the wall white on Monday and leaving a single message: “Wall is over!”

New messages, including “The wall is never over” immediately began to appear there.

Editor's Note: This story was altered on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, to correct the dateline of this story to Czech Republic.