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Cars burn in Berlin for second night in a row
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Cars burn in Berlin for second night in a row

Published: 17 Aug 2011 07:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Aug 2011 07:10 GMT+02:00

Police said they were doing everything they could to stop the attacks, which have become a regular feature of life in the capital. Investigators believe there may be a political motive to them.

The first fires Tuesday night started at about 11 pm in Berlin-Spandau, Charlottenburg and then tracked to Friedrichshain.

Most of the arsons on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning appear to have been centred in Charlottenburg.

On Monday night 11 cars were set alight, while nine cars were burned last Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the year, officials have registered about 80 auto arson cases.

It’s not known exactly what’s behind the burnings, although they appear to be some kind of leftist or anarchist political statement, since expensive vehicles are generally the main targets.

Police have struggled to develop leads as the arsons appear to have spread beyond a few criminals to become a general trend.

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14:02 August 17, 2011 by elboertjie
Is this part of the 'Best standard of living in Germany for Berliners'?
14:54 August 17, 2011 by asteriks
There is no big science about this, just police or journalists hide that there are people who are against capitalism. They care to keep system alive and they hide that there are people against present system. Cars are burned because these cars belongs to the people who economically exploit other people. Burning of cars is fighting against slavery, that's how I see it.
15:33 August 17, 2011 by catjones
asteriks...nitwit statements like yours fail to credit the capitalists with providing you with the computer, internet and electricity you use to write such inane comments.

As for the so-called berlin police, they should hire inspector Clouseau to close the incompetence gap.
17:19 August 17, 2011 by neunElf
This is what concerns me;

"Police said they were doing everything they could to stop the attacks"

Care to place your personal safety in the hands of the government?
17:22 August 17, 2011 by zeddriver
@asteriks

Why did you even buy a computer. After all. It's probably made in China with slave labor. So based on that. How would you feel if someone smashed your computer because someone else said it was made with slave labor and by smashing it they are trying to free slaves. Oh but wait! That's my stuff we are talking about now. It's ok to smash OTHER peoples stuff. Just stay away from mine.

Funny how the anti capitalist engage in capitalism. But only protest any capitalism above their level at that moment in time. You could be the victim next asterik, As I'm sure there is someone that has less than you and therefore might consider you part of the capitalist problem.

At least the folks who build the German autos you like to burn are well paid and have good benefits.
17:52 August 17, 2011 by Englishted
Thats one idea gone .

In-car entertainment ,is o.k. but forget the in-car B.B.Q.
21:18 August 17, 2011 by ngwanem
Burning of cars constitute terrorism, because its aim is to put fear in the hearts of the owners in order to satisfy a certain agenda, which until now been needs to be revealed. A condemnable act, which is non-justifiable in any way!!!!

Anyway, for the Local to immediately jump to identify the perpetrators as possibly leftists or anarchists is pretty immature. What if the criminals or vandals doing these act have no political reason? What if they are political - e.g. From from the extreme NPD or even the far Left? Or even from the moderate political spectrum?

Jumping to conclusions, without proofs or based on feelings just constitutes jingoism at best.
00:13 August 18, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, the main problem with a protest such as this, is that is won't force major change. It doesn't matter how much violence you engage in, at the end of the day, they only thing that will lead to real success is intelligent thinking. Everything else is simply a waste of time and effort.
02:38 August 18, 2011 by mot
Possibly organized insurance fraud.
06:12 August 18, 2011 by bugger
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13:02 August 18, 2011 by zeddriver
@ Logic guy, spot on.

Violent protest, No mater what ideology one has just shows how far out of touch they are. If the radical right or left is full of such good ideas. Then why do they need to be violent to try and foist it upon everyone through force. If they had good ideas they would be welcomed with open arms.

What it does show is that the right and left radicals are venting their frustrations because of their unpopular views. If they were smart (which they aren't) They would be patient and moderate their views and get some people elected to office and change things a little bit at a time. Thankfully, They aren't patient. So they commit violent acts then go back to hide under their rock. And say to each other. Why don't people see things our way. Answer! Most people the world over don't like things to change to quickly.
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