By on December 21, 2008

In the hopes of shoring-up flagging domestic automobile production, the Russian government is about to increase the tax on used foreign-made car prices by 50 percent; new foreign-made car prices are set to jump by 15 percent. Protests erupted in Vladivostok, where some 200k people import, sell and/or service used foreign vehicles (mostly Japanese). The AP reports that some five hundred Russians rallied in the city on Saturday, for the second weekend in a row. Riot police detained hundreds, and kicked the snot out of many more. “Police — some shipped in from Moscow, some 9,300 kilometers (some 5,750 miles) to the west — began violently hauling men and women into waiting vans as people chanted ‘Fascists!’ and ‘Shame! Shame!’ An Associated Press reporter watched as several people who resisted were beaten with truncheons, thrown to the ground and kicked. Several parents were detained as their children watched.” And for their trouble… “An AP reporter saw at least 10 journalists detained by police, who demanded several turn over videotapes and photo memory chips and wrecked a Japanese TV crew’s video camera. Some journalists were beaten and kicked, including an AP photographer.” The AP dryly concludes: “While auto industry workers have applauded the tariff increase, Russian consumers and others involved in the $30.5 billion car import business have not. Many Russians say they have a right to buy what they want on the free market and do not want to pay to support the Russian auto industry.” Sound familiar?

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13 Comments on “Import Lovers Beaten By Police...”

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    Yes it sounds familiar…I not 30 minutes ago mentioned this:

    You tell me what the difference is (Bertel) between the extreme “Left” and extreme “Right”?

    Hint, the use of lethal force is the same.

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    I am still trying to figure out why the Dem’s want to copy the Soviet economic system.

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    John Williams

    I am still trying to figure out why the Dem’s want to copy the Soviet economic system.

    They want the Soviet system’s perks:

    On the upper end — power, “prestige”, dachas in the countryside (confiscated from mortgaged owners in default), and loads of money.

    On the lower end — a government that “takes care” of you from cradle to grave. Sound familiar? It is. And it didn’t work then.

    Human beings tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over until they either finally learn up and stop doing it, or eventually die off because of it.

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    Mike the loser

    Needless to say this has nothing to do with cars. This is just the latest outburst against Russian Pope/Father/President/Tzar/Dictator/Torturer/head of state…Dmitry………………..Vladimir Putin.

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    Dems need to pay attention. A perfect solution to the Detroit bailout. No need to mess with trade agreements either.

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    Protecting domestic production by import taxes is the exact equivalent to increasing taxes… I hope all of the world’s politicians will some day understand that…

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    I’ve seen those guys and that woman somewhere before…ah yes, Spies Like Us. Now where is the hot one?

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    I really do feel bad for the Russian populace. Ladas and Volgas are truly, very, quite horrible cars.

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    I am still trying to figure out why the Dem’s want to copy the Soviet economic system.

    Still bitter about your team losing, huh?

    On the lower end — a government that “takes care” of you from cradle to grave. Sound familiar? It is. And it didn’t work then.

    As opposed to one that just lets you die if you don’t have money? Have you seen sub-Saharan Africa recently? Because that’s the “ultimate flower” of capitalism.

    Citing extreme examples just makes one look partisan. The Democrats aren’t socialists; not even close. Germany’s CDU and Canada’s Conservatives are more left-wing than the Democrats could ever hope to be; that leaves a whole range of options before you hit real Marxism.

    Of course, that doesn’t stop American Republicans from whimpering about Marxist/Leninists hiding under thier bed whenever certain topics crop up, much like members of Greenpeace scream “Nazi” when faced with some fuzz-faced campus police.

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    In Soviet Russia, car drives you!

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    moawdtsi> Oh man, I now HAVE to re-watch that movie :)

    grifonik> Slashdot reader?

    On the article> The parallels are STRANGELY similar, however in AMERICA it is much better to let the “sheep” (normal peeps) have their little chunk of bailout money while giving 20x-50x that to other privileged people under the table.

    I’m against all bailouts. What happened to business dying or living on it’s merits?

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    I strongly suspect 99.3% of American UAW members believe U.S. cops should behave the same way. After all, we consumers only exist to keep them in business.

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    @Robstar. Confirmed. I can’t help myself. The Soviet phrasing seemed too good to pass up (and had applicable meaning for this article to boot)!

    I also like Chuck Norris phrases too. Not sure I can think of one that would apply here though?

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