Car set alight in Wellington’s Cuba Mall
November 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
A car has been set alight in Wellington’s Cuba Mall this morning (UK time), according to the Stuff website.
The action was undertaken by a man protesting against Fractional Reserve Banking. He has been taken into custody and charged with arson. He will appear in Wellington District Court on Monday.
Cuba Mall is a pedestrian zone and the man’s actions endangered the many people who were in the vicinity at the time, said police.
One eye-witness said, “there was a huge bang… the whole thing [the car] is burnt to a crisp”.
“He’d obviously driven the car through the mall, everyone was running to see what happened.”
A video posted to YouTube shows shop-owner, Jimi Smith of Emporium Vintage Boutique, rushing from his shop along with another man, to put out the flames with a fire-extinguisher before firefighters arrived.
Being from Wellington, reading this shocked me. I understand that this action is small-scale in comparison to the protests going on around the world.
It was by one man. No-one was hurt.
But still, coming from a country where things like this don’t happen very often, it worries me just a little.
I hope that this will be a stand-alone act of violent protest.