German Torches His Own Car To Protest Fuel Prices

An unemployed German poured gas over his 1995 BMW and torched his own vehicle to protest the high price of gasoline. According to an article by the BBC it states:

An unemployed German man has set his car on fire in protest at rising fuel prices, police say.

He drove the black 1995 BMW 3-Series car onto grass near a Frankfurt conference centre, emptied petrol over it and set it alight.

By the time the fire service got there, the car was burnt out.

There have been demonstrations across the world against rising fuel prices. The price of oil is trading at record levels of over $140 (£70).

“The Bavarian… said he carried out the act because he was unemployed and could no longer afford a car due to the high cost of fuel,” police said in a statement.

Most of us who read this article would think that this is a dramatic and silly way to protest high fuel prices. But one can understand the man’s frustration.

What do you think? Did this really solve the problem or was it just a waste of time?

Any volunteers to set their own car on fire? :-)

Comments welcome.


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