Anti-gentrification arsonists are burning luxury cars in Berlin neighbourhoods or suburbs where gentrification processes are taking place. Other targets include police cars, and vehicles of DHL, a company that provides logistics services for the German Army:
They occur at a rate of nearly one a night, without warning or fanfare. By the time the police arrive, all that remains are smoking wrecks. Even the identifying badges — Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, VW — are often obliterated by fire.
During the past six months, more than 170 cars have been destroyed by fire in Berlin and police confirm conservatively that 93 were politically motivated attacks.
A mysterious, single page website, brennende-autos.de (Burning Cars of Berlin), shows the number of cars set alight and where the crimes occurred, revealing clusters in ‘‘richer’’ areas, or in suburbs where gentrification and redevelopment are changing the demographic of local neighbourhoods.
Somebody set up a website that maps the arsons, classified by car manufacturer.