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Three more vehicles burnt in Berlin

The Local · 21 Aug 2011, 11:52

Published: 21 Aug 2011 11:52 GMT+02:00

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Police reported that a moped was set alight in Hohenschönhausen in the eastern part of the city during the night, while a car was burned out in the more affluent district of Charlottenburg.

In the trendy area of Friedrichshain, meanwhile, unknown vandals set fire to a digger on a construction site. More than 300 vehicles have now been set on fire in Berlin since the start of the year, though the incidents appear to have a number of different causes.

The police are currently investigating whether the incidents have any political motivation, but Friedrich described the attacks as "aggressive and brainless vandalism" in an interview on Saturday.

The minister said the attacks appear have initially had some political motivation, but that more and more incidents were simply being committed by copycats. Arson attacks on cars have now been reported in other German cities too.

Friedrich called on the Berlin authorities to be tough on the vandals and to hand down sentences swiftly in the case of a conviction. "The state has to show that it is capable of acting," he said.

The minister also offered the help of federal forces to hunt down the perpetrators. Federal police are already providing Berlin police with helicopters to help against the arson attacks. But Friedrich emphasized that this was not a permanent arrangement.

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Your comments about this article

12:50 August 21, 2011 by Larry Thrash
No mention of "left-wing extremist" in this article. I just wonder had it been "right-wing extremist" who did such destruction would that be stated. Just an observation.
12:50 August 21, 2011 by storymann
The perpetrators( if apprehended ) should nor only receive a deserving penalty, but should be required to pay restitution to the insurance company.
13:19 August 21, 2011 by Dayzee
Time to make matches, lighters, flintstones and anything that makes a spark illegal or at least make the people have to fill out a form, take a series of classes and register with the government when in peossession of such articles
13:52 August 21, 2011 by Shirazz
Maybe they just want to bring back Trabant....
15:42 August 21, 2011 by catjones
The berlin cops couldn't find the perps if they were burning cop cars.

On the other hand, do I smell donuts?
22:10 August 21, 2011 by Ruhetag
Guns-n-Roses warned us of this! Its like Axel Rose predicted the future.
22:46 August 21, 2011 by Stuart1977
Right wing extremists don't burn cars, they burn people.
01:39 August 22, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Left wing Extremists don't just burn people, apparently they look damn good doing it.

13:20 August 23, 2011 by LecteurX
I know some of you would love to pin every evil on "the left", but come on, when left wing extremists commit arson, they usually boast about it. Even if they don't and the police really believes they're behind it, then they will say they suspect left-wing extremists. Like in this story from last May for example: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20110524-35215.html.

Otherwise, here the police stated several times they don't believe all those recent arson attacks, if any, were committed by left-wing extremists, but apparently a few know-it-alls at The Local will always do a better job than the police at finding the culprits, they sure do...
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