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Berlin police make arrest in hunt for car arsonist

The Local · 24 Sep 2011, 14:52

Published: 24 Sep 2011 14:52 GMT+02:00

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The 25-year-old, identified only as Tobias P., was arrested in the centre of the city in the early hours of Saturday – shortly after two high-value cars were set on fire in nearby streets, according to the city’s daily Tagesspiegel.

The man was arrested at the end of 2009, and a Left-wing housing project in Liebigstraße, where he was registered, was searched.

His five-week stay in investigative custody provoked a campaign to release him, supported by a number of Left-wing groups in the city. He was released due to a lack of evidence.

The police say they are now trying to establish whether he was responsible for a series of arson attacks on cars. More than 500 cars have been burned or damaged in the attacks in the city since the start of the year.

Many of those targeted are expensive models, although some are very ordinary. It is thought that some attacks might be conducted by Left-wing groups and individuals opposed to the gentrification of certain areas of the city.

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There also appears to be a copy-cat factor while some incidents are thought to be insurance fraud attempts.

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Your comments about this article

15:26 September 24, 2011 by catjones
Why do germans have such short last names?
18:10 September 24, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Tobias Pflüger jr. , no? of the 'Antikapitalistische Linke'
19:25 September 24, 2011 by vonSchwerin
Why is the radical left protesting? Did the police beat Tobias P.? Did they overtly deny him his civil rights?

Or can the hardcore, radical left just not stand that one of their "revolutionary" comrades was arrested during a perfectly legal investigation?
23:10 September 24, 2011 by Englishted

Can you read?

"Protests are expected" is what it says.

So the left is not protesting ,it may but at the moment not.

Did the police beat Tobias P.? .

I don't know I was not there but I bow to your expert observation as a eyewitness.
08:40 September 25, 2011 by MonkeyMania
One word for these left-wing groups. "LOSERS".
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