Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
A couple of things first:

I 'volonteered' my Chevy Costum Deluxe pickup truck I had driven from Virginia down to Nicaragua to  Miskito fishermen of a small community on the Atlantic coast.

Sergio a good friend of mine, a metal worker who lives in an small occupied farmhouse (casa cantoniere) near Viterbo, once did exactly what you said: During violent clashes with the 'celere' (riot police) he went back to his parked car and quickly drove it beetween the police forces and his comrades and torched it. He was later arrested for that and did some time in Viterbo prison.

The last car I drove (a Golf) I gave to an Albanian gipsy who had asked me for it amidst the Brussels traffick. He actually offered me 200 euros for it. I didn't take it. Since that time I am without car.

And yes, I have more respect for the French kids than for the troops. They do their thing, the troops do the others' thing.

"The USA appears destined by fate to plague America with misery in the name of liberty." Simon Bolivar, Caracas, 1819

by Ritter on Tue Nov 8th, 2005 at 07:05:40 PM EST
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