Berlin is facing a rash of vehicle arson this year with more than 320 vehicles set ablaze in 2011 so far. Authorities claim that at least 140 of those incidents have been politically motivated, with the arsonists leaving notes at the scene. Those crimes have targeted luxury makes like BMW and Mercedes-Benz as part of growing unrest among Germany's lower classes. The notes typically contain some sort of anti-gentrification message. As for the rest of the torchings, law enforcement says those crimes are largely copycat in nature or simply vandalism for vandalism's sake.

Nationwide, Germany is facing unemployment of around seven percent while Berlin deals with nearly double that figure at 13.5 percent. Most of the fires take place at night, all but ensuring that criminals get away without fear of being caught. The city's police force has escalated patrols and added helicopter surveillance, but with over 3,000 miles of city streets to cover, the police department can't be everywhere at once. Thanks for the tip, Toy Yoda.


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      Justin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who doesn't appreciate a good burn?
      diffrunt
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's a beamer/merc plot to boost sales.
      sabrina
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just read on the internet they are having car burnings in Berlin partly because of high unemployment. It is also in some cases just vandals. Shades of London.
      rllama
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well what's that guy supposed to do? He just go detention for the rest of his life, and then someone started playing "Don't You (forget about me)" by Simple Minds - so he pretty much had to set fire to those cars and then strut through them with his arms in the air. Molly Ringwald won't admit it, but she's totally impressed by this.
      Hossi Blumengaarten
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look guys, I have been to Berlin many times the people burning the cars ARE FREAKING TURKS!!!, you go to Berlin and some parts look like Detroit. The Turks hate living in Germany and hate the Germans it is freaking insane that they keep living their, because of WW2 the Germans will never kick out the immigrants from Turkey so they are screwed looks like more BMW, AUDI AND MB will burn Grow some backbone Germans
      AverageJose
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haters gonna' hate
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Hampton
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish the democrats would stop inciting class warfare in the USA with their union thugs and bashing/demonizing wealth bulders/job growers in the media,overturning elections, and storming state capitals. This kind of thing will eventually happen in the US because of left wing radicalism
        Rick C.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        Wealth builders? Job growers? Didn't get the memo, eh? Trickle down theory is dead, it doesn't work.
          jimmyt505
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Rick C.
          Can we take what is happening in Portugal, Italy, Greece, and now Spain as evidence that the "pay people to do nothing" theory is also dead? The governments of these countries haven't learned that you have to have some sort of industry to create revenue to support the public sector. Please explain to the German factory worker that he must work to age 67 to pay for the Greek union worker to retire at age 50 with lifetime pension and benefits. The money has to come from somewhere and I'll let you in on a little secret: government jobs do not create economic value. You forgot to mention that, until the spending binges of the past three years, the United States was in much better financial shape than most European countries.
          Rick C.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Rick C.
          I'm not advocating 'a pay to do nothing' scenario. It hasn't escaped the six o'clock news that major corporations have had record profits, and currently sit on over 3 TRILLION dollars. I don't see them hiring, er, 'investing' in our future.
        display_name
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        Or because of unemployment, apathy form our leaders and rape of the US population by wall street....
        Stix
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        DERP DEMOCRAT CLASS WARFARE. DERP OPRESSING WEALTH BUILDERS. DERP EVERYTHING THAT SOMEONE ELSE CLAIMED HAS HAPPENED BUT NEVER PROVED RIGHT. Seriously, get over yourself with that idiotic hyperbole. The Republicans are creating the strife between the poor, the middle class, and the rich. And you're also dense enough to think that the rich are somehow "being taxed to death", never mind the fact that the rich can easily sneak their way out of paying certain taxes due to utilizing loopholes in corporate laws that were put in there for their own sake. And I hope to god you're joking about the whole job creators thing, because I have seen corporations making profit margins in the millions during this economic stagnation, and yet unemployment is still very high.
      masonperegrine
      • 4 Years Ago
      40% of the German youth are without a job and/or high school education. When it's 40% that isn't a case of them being lazy, that's a case of German society being broken and these disenfranchised youth are doing anything they can to "fight back." I really can't blame them for being so angry.
        Lachmund
        • 4 Years Ago
        @masonperegrine
        40 % without a job? where did you get these stupid numbers from?!
        jimmyt505
        • 4 Years Ago
        @masonperegrine
        So why don't they have a high school education? Even America provides free high school education and our social safety net is pretty meek by European standards. Either they immigrated from a country that didn't provide it or they just plain didn't feel like finishing it, in which case I have zero sympathy for them. Many of the people in the UK riots were educated, upper-middle class ne'er do wells who just felt like breaking windows. Stop trying to justify bad behavior by making it appear righteous.
          RudyH
          • 4 Years Ago
          @jimmyt505
          The German education is very different then we have here... Regardless, when the only jobs you can get require post secondary, where the costs have sky rocketed, just wait till it hits America.
          Lachmund
          • 4 Years Ago
          @jimmyt505
          you can't compare german abitur with a high school education. it's much more sophisticated and difficult
      Jason
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shoot them onsight.
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jason
        I came here to make the EXACT same comment. Who the hell do these people think they are, and what does burning someone's car who is more successful than them? All it proves is that they are jealous punks who don't value education or hard work. Get an education, get a good job, and success is what is ahead of you.
      Ducman69
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a German-American currently living in Texas, and this is quite simply a product of a poor economy combined with an entire generation of entitlement and lack of personal responsibility. Since the cradle, left wing politicians have been blasting them with the idea that a nanny-state government should and will take care of them, and has thus ingrained the idea that they are owed success as a birthright, and if it is not given to them then they feel cheated. Sadly, this big government socialist mentality is starting to take hold here in the United States.
        Lachmund
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        texan tea party supporter...you have no idea of how things work in germany. and as it seems even how things work in the states as well. sorry
          skitzlpk
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          and you Lachmund, the liberal loonie have no idea how things work in the real world of productivity that these losers (including yourself) refuse to participate in. If they have the energy to band together everynight to burn cars, let them utilize that energy to start a business, work long weeks & gain possessions so some less fortunate can burn it to the ground. I fear opinions such as yours as much as the looters that you endorse.
      Rich Dion
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its the cradle to crave mentality, and it's making it's way here..
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