Should have gone to spook savers

WHILE ASIO boasted that it was spending a third of its budget tracking imaginary Garage Nazis, left-wing terrorists down the road from its headquarters attempted to burn down Old Parliament House. To be fair, though, selective blindness in matters pyromaniacal is a trait more commonly found in journalists. This is a straight news story at the ABC this afternoon:

French New Year’s tradition of torching cars continues but stifled by COVID restrictions.

Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Year’s Eve, set afire by young revellers, a much-lamented tradition that appeared in decline this year, which saw only 874 vehicles burned.

The number of cars burned overnight has declined compared to New Year’s Eve 2019, when 1,316 vehicles went up in flames, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Saturday on Twitter…

Like many countries, France sees cars set on fire during the year for many reasons, including gangs hiding clues of their crimes and people making false insurance claims.

But car-torching took a new step in France when it became a way to mark the arrival of the New Year.

The practice reportedly began in earnest among youths — often in poor neighbourhoods — in the 1990s in the region around Strasbourg in eastern France.

It also became a voice of protest during the fiery unrest by despairing youths from housing projects that swept France in the fall of 2005.

Those despairing “youths” in 2005 murdered bystanders Jean-Claude Irvoas and Jean-Jacques Le Chenadec. The cars they incinerated at one building caused the death by smoke inhalation of Salah Gaham. The “protest” began on 27 October at Clichy-sous-Bois when three “youths” running from police (they weren’t being chased) hid in an electrical substation where two were electrocuted. The tragically zapped duo caused a blackout – something like the one that caused the disappearance of Thursday’s Canberra blaze from the pages of Fairfax and the ABC.

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15 Responses to Should have gone to spook savers

  1. Lee says:

    The left: “don’t do as we do, do as we as say.”

  2. local oaf says:

    Did Tim Blair refer to this venerable French “tradition” as car-be-cue?

  3. Boambee John says:

    local oaf

    Indeed he did.

  4. a reader says:

    Youth. Code for under 50s of African descent.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    It was an innocent smoking ceremony. They just wanted to smoke Old Parliament House a little more thoroughly than usual. Someone should tell them that smoking is bad for your health.

  6. Rockdoctor says:

    The same smoking ceremony that both the AFP & museum of Democracy say was planned. Yet the Rabble in the slum (I will not call it what they call it) say “we had nothing to do with it.”

    I dunno, one of these statements is not like the other…

  7. cuckoo says:

    Yes, I caught that item on ABC news and couldn’t believe my ears. Ah, these quaint local folk customs. Just like Morris dancing or Up Helly Aa.

    Just a reminder that on the day OPH was torched, there was zero mention of it on the 7pm ABC bulletin.

  8. Not Trampis says:

    Alas more inaccuracies.
    Just who is left here please and why are they ‘left’.
    Under what ideology were they trying to kill people. Which people were they trying to kill.

    Just a hint for deplorables vandalism is not terrorism.

  9. MatrixTransform says:

    Alas more inaccuracies.

    Trampis must have got a magnifying glass for xmas

  10. cuckoo says:

    Okay, so now a “30 year old Victorian man” has been charged over the OPH arson. Since his name and photo have not been released, I’ll take that to mean he’s not a white ‘anti-vaxxer’.

  11. Not Trampis says:

    charged with arson not terrorism.
    Neither CL nor any other deplorable understands what the word means.
    As Orwell said ignorance is strength

  12. Boambee John says:

    Non Compos Mentis

    You must be verrrry strong!

  13. Not Trampis says:

    you are one of the most ignorant here.

  14. Boambee John says:

    I am mortified. Non Compos Mentis has not recognised my inherent genius.

    And after all the effort I went to in order to acknowledge his inherent stupidity. The definition of gross stupidity: 144 comments by Non Compos Mentis.

  15. Shy Ted says:

    Buy an EV. They burst into flames by themselves.

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