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But I remember that years ago I already heard, on German TV while being in Germany that kids regularly set cars on fire in Strassbourg. It looks like the "French Immigrant Kid's" version of "Skinheadedness". The car burnings are really a distinct trade mark of French immigrant teenager
s street fights. They don't attack people, like German neo-nazi mob do. So, there is something very specific in the way this civil unrest plays itself out.
by mimi on Sun Nov 6th, 2005 at 09:51:17 PM EST
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Burning cars as an element of expression for the unhappy youth started in Strasbourg a few years back, as a New Year's Eve "amusement". I am not sure how exactly it started (because a lot of the cars initially burnt were big German cars stolen for "rodeos", not local cars), and if it became a "tradition" because the media and/or the politicians made a big deal of what was initially fairly isolated incidents. since then, car burning has become the traditional way to express (not necessarily clear) grievances in these suburbs.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 04:23:56 AM EST
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