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Luxury Cars Being Torched In Germany

From those champions of the down and out at Bloomberg:

Map of cars torched in Germanyy as of February 14, 2009. (Click to enlarge)

Arsonists Torch Berlin Porsches, BMWs on Economic Woe

By Brett Neely

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) — When Berlin resident Simone Klostermann returned from vacation and couldn’t find her Mercedes SLK, she thought it had been towed. Police told her the 35,000- euro ($45,000) car had been torched.

“They’d squirted something flammable into the car’s engine block in the gap between the windshield and the hood,” said Klostermann. “The engine was completely destroyed.”

The 34-year-old’s experience isn’t unique in the German capital. At least 29 vehicles were destroyed in arson attacks this year, most of them luxury cars, according to police. The number is already about 30 percent of the total for 2008. The latest to go up in flames was a Porsche, on Feb. 14, two days after a Mercedes was set alight in a public car park

A group calling itself BMW — the initials stand for Movement for Militant Resistance in German — has claimed responsibility for several attacks in left-wing magazines and Web sites, police spokesman Bernhard Schodrowski said.

One-third of the incidents are classed as “political,” prompting officers to assign a special unit to investigate, Schodrowski said. No arrests have been made. Schodrowski attributed the arson to “a protest against the world economy and rising rents.” …

The worst recession since World War II is fueling anger among youths across Europe who “perceive their future as rather precarious,” said Margit Mayer, a politics professor at Berlin’s Free University.

“Whether you look at the Berlin events or these anarchist groups in other European cities and countries, they are all making reference to the deepening economic crisis and how the various governments are dealing with them,” said Mayer, a specialist in urban social and protest movements

The Berlin car burnings have been concentrated in up-and- coming neighborhoods such as Prenzlauer Berg, where Klostermann’s car was destroyed in May…

There, new housing and building redevelopments are pushing out the squatter scene that flourished after East and West Berlin were reunited in 1990, said Andrej Holm, a sociologist at Goethe University in Frankfurt who has studied the change.

Rents that were about half the city average 10 years ago are now about 40 percent above the average, and the car attacks are an attempt to drive wealthy newcomers away, Holm said.

“It means: ‘rich people, don’t move in here — your cars will be trashed, we don’t want you here’,” he said

While Prenzlauer Berg and other central neighborhoods such as Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg are thriving, at least in parts, Berlin as a whole remains Germany’s “subsidy capital” almost 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell, said Tobias Just, a real-estate economist with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. Unemployment, at 14.1 percent in February, is almost double the national average…

Likewise, arson attacks on cars are not new: a Web site, “Burning Cars,” was set up to track the incidents in May 2007, one month before a summit in the northern German resort of Heiligendamm of the Group of Eight industrialized nations. There have been 290 attacks on cars since then, among them 55 Mercedes and 29 BMWs damaged or destroyed by fire, the site records.

“I wouldn’t advise someone to park their Porsche on the street” in Kreuzberg, Berlin police commissioner Dieter Glietsch told the Taz newspaper in June last year…

Mind you, this is happening in Berlin. Where Mr. Obama famously pledged to bring us all together.

But come to think of it, he also pledged to tear down the walls between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots.’

Maybe this is the beginning of that demolition.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Luxury Cars Being Torched In Germany”

  1. jrmcdonald says:

    Oh thoses fun loving, wacky “youths” again!

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Militant Jihadists hate fancy cars now. Its a new trendy hate thing with fire!

    Answer me this………why are the mooselimbs so in love with porn? I thought they were not allowed by their faith to cast eyes at such a sight? Yet, they are pre-occupied with bone honing! Go figure …..

  3. canary says:

    this is terrible and must have been well planned. A reminder of American Islamic terrorists rooted in our own country, attending flight schools, colleges, sports events, convient stores, hotels, print and mailing shops, working in hospitals.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    LOL – Why is it that leftist dimwits and Islamic thugs have so much in common?

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Or .. are they union guys doing the burning??? Things a little slow over at the plant???

  6. brad says:

    Eh…..left wingers acting like left wingers. At my university on earth day, they slashed the tires of SUVs, and guess what? NO ARRESTS WERE MADE…..again.

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