flickr: Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography.

flickr: Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography.

More than 200 cars, mostly luxury models, have been burned in Berlin by protestors supporting leftist organisations in the German capital over the past year. The protestors would target brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but a number of Volkswagen cars have also been attacked.

The protestors would mostly attack on the weekends and would even leave a note of a claim of responsibility, with most of the angst coming from ongoing urban redevelopment and gentrification.

The areas where the cars were attacked were formerly mostly blue-collar but have seen increasing gentrification and big rent increases over recent years.

Surprisingly, this is not the first time such incidents have been taking place in Berlin. Last year a total of 73 cars were burned, and a similar practice has been taking place in Last as well.