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More cars burned in Hamburg

DDP/The Local · 15 Jun 2010, 13:33

Published: 15 Jun 2010 13:33 GMT+02:00

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Five cars in the Hohenfelde district went up in flames, a spokesperson said. Another four cars were damaged by the extreme heat of nearby cars on fire.

A nearby resident awoke to the sound of explosions and alarmed rescue services, while another resident reportedly saw a man leave the scene of the crime. But an immediate police search was fruitless.

The incident came just one night after three cars were burned and another damaged by flames in the Hamm-Nord district.

The arson, which is becoming increasingly common in both Hamburg and Berlin, did not cause any injuries.

So far there are no suspects in the most recent cases, and there is no evidence to suggest the crimes were politically motivated, authorities said.

Car burnings are often associated with anti-capitalist protest by leftists in Germany, with luxury autos a favourite target.

Hamburg has seen more than 70 car burnings in 2010, police spokesperson Ralf Meyer said, adding that few of these were found to have been inspired by left-wing ideology. Last year 150 cars burned in the city.

Motives often include simple vandalism, relationship quarrels, insurance fraud or attempts to cover up evidence of other crimes, he said.

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In early April suspected left-wing arsonists destroyed some 16 parked vehicles in Hamburg's Flottbeck and Harvestehude districts.

The authorities in Germany are becoming increasingly worried over the apparent willingness for violence by leftist anarchists. Several police officers were injured in Berlin last weekend after they were hit by a homemade explosive device during a political demonstration.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

15:28 June 15, 2010 by BobbyDigital
I don't understand why the flags didn't melt or burn...The rest of that car is toast!
15:37 June 15, 2010 by Clapoti
Maybe it's the flags of the car in front of a burnt car.
16:35 June 15, 2010 by auniquecorn
The article did´nt say anything about the stolen license plate. ????
21:39 June 15, 2010 by wxman
Hmmmm, I wonder who it is that enjoys torching autos? Maybe we should ask the French for guidance?
23:56 June 15, 2010 by elCuadra
they should really hunt the idiots down, pile them up, and burn them in the town square...let's see if any other feuerteufel dares to light up a match after that...yeah I know it sounds barbaric but how else could we set an example?
00:30 June 16, 2010 by Talonx
Those poor luxury automobiles, all the 'violence' they face. How will the future generations judge leftists and their disdain for overindulgence?
00:41 June 16, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, does having a luxury automobile make you a bad person?

And the burning of them improves what? Do they really see themselves as being intelligent?

Well, the truth is, intelligent people are not violent. The initially disagree with status quo and then sit and think of a way to bring about positive changes.
05:36 June 16, 2010 by Talonx
@ Logic Guy et al.

Generally people with luxury cars are self-obsessed navel-gazing idiots. They usually grow up that way and an intervention is no longer possible later on in life. To suggest that this folks can be convinced of anything aside from their own superiority is laughable.

Burning them (the cars) potentially improves the aesthetic of any given neighborhood (have you seen the new model hummers?). I don't know if the cars see themselves as being intelligent, we haven't reached that level of communication with them yet.

As far as intelligent people not being violent. By such mettle militias, armies, nations, anyone that goes hunting, and police are far dumber than any strictly-car-burning anarchists. Again, getting rid of the Hummers is in and of itself a positive change. Burning them out might be the best way to do it considering that noone is about to convince any-given #sshole not to have one of these gas-guzzling giant-#ss cars.

Overall, I would never destroy a car (nor would anyone I know), but the point is that I'm not about to damn those that do, call them violent idiots (hyperbole), or anything of that sort. I don't think I am in such a place to consider myself holier-than-though. On that note, most of the comments on this board are meaningless reactionary name-calling, but one betrays the hypocrisy inherent in the given ideologies that all people here seem to support, @elcuadra "...hunt the idiots down, pile them up, and burn them...". Of all people on this board my sarcastic comments regarding the misattribution of agency to an automobile (being a recipient of violence) and making light of what most of the auto-torches probably think regarding such vehicles is jumped on above a call by elcuadra's sarcastic (I hope) call to murder. Apparently, murder is more acceptable to you folks than the loss of property.
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