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Left-wingers: we torched EU taskmaster's car

The Local · 16 May 2012, 08:47

Published: 16 May 2012 08:47 GMT+02:00

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Leader of the EU task force on Greece Horst Reichenbach lives in Groß Glienicke, Brandenburg, with his wife Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, a social democrat EU politician – it was her BMW that was set alight on Sunday night.

Initially the attack left police puzzled – such cars are more usually set on fire in nearby Berlin. But on Tuesday a letter claiming responsibility was sent to the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper.

It said the target of the attack was not Roth-Behrendt, but her husband Reichenbach. As leader of the EU task force on Greece, they hold him responsible for holding the Greek authorities to austerity measures, which they say have “extremely worsened” the lives of Greek people.

Further threats were made in the letter to the troika – the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, as well as various companies, the newspaper wrote on Tuesday.

The Brandenburg state security forces investigating the arson attack initially thought the attack could have been connected to a local row about a stretch of the edge of a lake which Roth-Behrendt owns and recently fenced off.

The Sunday night arson attack completely destroyed her car, and the heat from the fire also damaged another vehicle parked nearby.

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16:28 May 16, 2012 by Craptastic
Typical. "We want more and we are going to get it by taking away what you have so that we all have NOTHING!" Boring, trite, banal, useless gangsterism.

Find them. Throw them under the jail. Forget where they are for a decade or so. That'll teach them.
17:01 May 16, 2012 by Englishted

"That'll teach them."

Wrong that will punish them but teach them?
17:36 May 16, 2012 by neunElf
I;m sure the minister, a good SDP man, will be thinking if only we could fund a government program of outreach to these left wingers, we could reach some dialogue with them.,
18:33 May 16, 2012 by wood artist

Nah. "Dialogue" infers that both sides can talk and the other side will listen and consider. Clearly these folks can talk, but their listening skills are...erm...non-existent.

19:56 May 16, 2012 by Englishted
Is anyone 100% sure it was the left ?,it could be the right using false propaganda a thing that a Joseph Goebbels used to effect against Poland to invade in 1939.
20:46 May 16, 2012 by finanzdoktor
Either way, you have to admit its classic stupidity to say:

"Oh, we're sorry for torching the wrong cars. We didn't mean to set on fire your wife's and another individual's car, but only yours. Also, please do not take our violent threats to seriously, as ours is a peaceful demonstration." (Sorry, couldn't resist adding that last one, after hearing it so many times from others.).
03:50 May 17, 2012 by Eric1
Left-wing extremist are just plain evil people. They are just ignorant of true facts and are only motivated by an irrational ideology.
16:10 May 18, 2012 by hanskarl
@wood artist

Exactly!! It is a case of "don't bother me with the facts. I have already made up my mind." Pragmatism and feelings overtly outweighing clear thinking and common sense.
02:42 May 21, 2012 by skaloc
Attacking the man's family and property really shows .... I am sure the Socialists and Communists are proud. I am sure the elders in the East remember the good old days under Honnecker ...
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