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Eleven cars set on fire in Berlin
One of the wrecks from Thursday night. Photo: DPA

Eleven cars set on fire in Berlin

Published: 16 Aug 2011 07:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Aug 2011 07:54 GMT+02:00

Eleven cars were set on fire in Berlin on Monday night, prompting a police investigation into a possible political motive behind the arson attacks.

The cars – BMW, Audis and Mercedes – were set on alight in Berlin’s Westend district, in a route leading towards Charlottenburg, on streets including Eichenallee, Lindenallee and Altenburger Allee.

Eight other cars parked next to those set on fire were also damaged by the blazes, as well as a scooter and a bicycle, according to a report in Tuesday’s Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Cars are often set on fire in Berlin, particularly the more flashy, expensive kinds, often as something of an unfocused leftist or anarchist political statement.

Last Wednesday night nine cars – including three Audis and two Mercedes – were set on fire in the Steglitz and Zehlendorf districts. Two other cars, a Skoda and an Opel parked nearby were also damaged.

On Thursday night four more cars were set on fire in the Charlottenburg and Schöneberg areas.

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08:08 August 16, 2011 by William Thirteen
obviously a conspiracy involving our local BMW, Audi and Mercedes dealerships.
09:29 August 16, 2011 by Kanji
Does this mean don't park your car close to any flashy cars if you are in Berlin?

Is this really political motives or just jealousy?
11:37 August 16, 2011 by lordkorner
Poor Skoda,what did it ever do to deserve this type of treatment
11:49 August 16, 2011 by wires
"Jealously?" I doubt it. But, gentrification benefits only a few in comparison to the much larger number of individuals and families it puts through often extreme hardship. Neighborhoods are created and made attractive by its inhabitants. Now, the more wealthy are buying and selling the perceived image (jealous that they aren't as creative?), and asking the creative originators to pay more or get out. For me, that's borderline criminal and more devestating than a few cars getting torched.

And who knows, perhaps many of these car torchings are organized in copycat style by owners to get insurance money?
12:35 August 16, 2011 by storymann
Exactly, the individuals were unable to meet their financial obligations and decided to burn their cars.
14:37 August 16, 2011 by Shirazz
From the looks of the damage, it looks like the fire was set from under the engine hood...Hmmmm....inside job....(Sherlocks scratching chin..)
15:25 August 16, 2011 by catjones
wires...people like you always seem to know the motives behind others simply by pointing to their cars. Likewise, you attribute virtues to those who own or contribute little. Finally, you justify criminal acts when the destroyed property isn't yours.
15:48 August 16, 2011 by expatriarch
@catjones .... That is a bunch of nonsense. If you can't have an intelligent thought you should keep them and your false accusations to yourself as they "contribute little" other than exposing yourself as a fool.
16:01 August 16, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@expatriarch

the only fools I see here are you and wires.
18:59 August 16, 2011 by Englishted
How many before it becomes a riot?
20:10 August 16, 2011 by DinhoPilot
@Englishted

Shhhh... That's what they call a silent riot.
05:05 August 17, 2011 by vonSchwerin
This is the sort of b.s. I'd expect in Kreuzberg, not the Westend. Interesting.
05:52 August 17, 2011 by mkvgtired
@wires, Criminal? What would you suggest to keep these "evil" people out? Maybe building a wall around the neighborhood to keep these awful wealthy people out? Seems they tried this, in this very city actually. Turns out it tends to keep people in rather than out.

Not a very bright comment.
06:15 August 17, 2011 by Freeman
I like to believe it is a reactions to stuff like gentrification. My hood has been transformed and this week with a death-plunge and rape.last week an enormous telephone tv web wires burned below street. Garbage everywhere as wealthy try to displace poor, for themselves and their kinder..
06:36 August 17, 2011 by wires
Reinstallation of the Zweckentfremdungsgesetz (which included fines for apartments vacant for longer than 3 months and illegal vacation rentals) and application of the Mietspiegel also for new rentals.

Make public the sale contracts between public housing organizations (tax payer financed) and private investors, i.e. between the GSW and Cerebus. Investigation of the GSW's non-fulfillment of obligations to modernize buildings it received free of charge from the city.
11:59 August 17, 2011 by zeddriver
Funny how things work in Germany.

In another article on the local concerning the "slut walk" If you "forget" to dress before leaving your house and then get treated like a slut. It's not the fault of the naked woman. One must not make assumptions based on what one wears in public.

But on the other hand. If you drive a nice car in Berlin. It is assumed that you MUST have stolen from a poor person to afford such a car. And therefore you are subject to having your car set ablaze and it seems to be ok.
20:35 August 17, 2011 by wires
No one knows who's torching cars. Some cases could be insurance fraud. Some think leftists are the culprits which fits the ideology of the ones presuming.

BTW, Insurance covers the damage, In 2009 there were 15,000 cars damaged by fire in Germany. These few car torchings will have no effect on insurance premies.

"Zumindest was den materiellen Schaden angeht, ist die Sachlage klar. "Eine Teilkasko-Versicherung zahlt grundsätzlich einen Brandschaden", sagt Christian Lübke vom Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft (GDV). Ersetzt werde der Wiederbeschaffungswert. Dass wegen angezündeter Autos die Prämien steigen, glaubt Lübke indes nicht. Bei bundesweit insgesamt 15.000 Versicherungsfällen durch Autobrände im Jahr 2009 entfalle nur ein ganz geringer Teil auf Brandstiftung. (TAZ)"
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