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Vandals target Westerwelle's car

The Local · 15 Dec 2009, 09:39

Published: 15 Dec 2009 09:39 GMT+01:00

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It is believed the attackers specifically sought out the car, which was parked in the western Berlin suburb of Charlottenburg, for the attack which happened last Friday night.

Officially, police would confirm only that they were investigating a case of willful damage but not that the car belonged to Westerwelle.

But an investigator told the paper: “It would have to be a big coincidence if right at the time of the discussion of the German military deployment, an attack on the car of the new foreign minister wasn’t deliberate.”

The attack comes at a time of rising concern over political targeting of politicians and other authority figures. At the beginning of this month, part of the Chancellery building, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has her offices, was attacked with light bulbs full of paint.

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Other attackers, assumed to be left-wing extremists, threw Molotov cocktails, paint bombs and cobblestones at Berlin’s Treptow district Federal Criminal Police (BKA) office. And local offices for the centre-left Social Democrats and the conservative Christian Democrats were also vandalised with anti-war graffiti.

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Your comments about this article

16:12 December 15, 2009 by mixxim
I am always pleased to read that politicians have occasionally to suffer the same bad behaviour as the rest of us but no doubt his car will in future be given a police guard.
17:41 December 15, 2009 by Celeon
The Vandals, .. first they broke through the Limes and torched Rome and now they're after Guido's car .... *shakes his head* tse tse tse
20:58 December 15, 2009 by Henckel
I can't feel much sympathy for a guy who smiles as much as Guido. His smile is simply insufferable.
10:38 December 17, 2009 by lordkorner
The man himself is insufferable,my wife ,who is a German national asks the question on an almost daily basis,"who voted for this man"?...
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