Identity crisis in Lithuania’s bohemian republic

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VILNIUS — In Užupis, Lithuania, a gate is not just a gate.

A gate, you see, is a symbol — of barriers, of impossibilities, of divisions between people and of outdated ideas about property.

A symbol that might belong in oldLithuania, but is unwelcome in Užupis, a bohemian self-proclaimed republic in the center of the former Soviet country’s capital.

Uzu 1aNot that Užupis doesn’t like its symbols — when your country is basically one big symbolic gesture, symbolism is quite important.

In fact, there are symbols everywhere: The crowd-funded…