We thought we left the witch-hunting back centuries ago, but as it turns out, in Germany, a whole new form of burning-at-the-stake is taking place. A group of protestors from Berlin that support leftist organizations in the German capital have taken their whole approach of getting noticed to a new level, and they’re doing it by burning down luxury cars.

Yes, this is the 21st century and apparently, hooligans still do exist. More than 200 cars have been reported to being burned by these people, most of which include local luxury brands like Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen. They burn these cars in an attempt to send a message that the growing increase in rent due to the ongoing urban development in the city isn’t sitting too well with the blue-collar folks that can’t keep up with the gentrification of their city. So, in an attempt to get their points across; they burn down any luxury car that is unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of their wrath.

Making things worse is that they’d leave a note after the poor car has been burned to a crisp, even claiming responsibility for their fiery rage. So, if you’re in Berlin with a brand-new luxury vehicle, make sure you keep a close eye on it, especially during weekend nights, before it gets toasted – literally.


Source: Drive

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  (515) posted on 02.4.2010

more than 200 luxury cars burned eh? Well, that surely cost a lot of money. There was a time when protestors only burnt flags or images of whoever they are protesting, now they do it to fur and apparently, cars.

  (477) posted on 01.18.2010

I think the hooligans really loves burning up the German merchandise cars and thinking what’s the nationality of the hooligans...Italians? Seriously speaking, really need the help of the government to
this issue and I think you need to grab up the microphone just for them to be alarmed on this matter.

  (1332) posted on 12.8.2009

That was scary, luckily I don’t have a luxury car. But what they did is gruesome. They didn’t even think of how much hard work did the owner made just to get that car. They are innocent but they became victims. Hope they will get justice from this.

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