As the financial crisis inflames class tensions, economic protest in Berlin has taken the form of arson attacks on luxury cars, Bloomberg reports. Activists have torched more than 2 dozen vehicles this year, and the pace is increasing. A group puckishly calling itself “BMW”—an acronym for "Movement for Militant Resistance" in German—has claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, Berlin police said.
Most of the arsons have taken place in gentrifying neighborhoods where new housing developments—with higher rents—are pushing out a squatter youth culture and attracting middle-class residents. The car attacks mean “rich people, don’t move in here—your cars will be trashed, we don’t want you here,” said a sociologist.