….A sort of funny story that fits squarely into the cultural idiom of the Eastern European mentality. It incorporates the rather late arrival into the world of consumer capitalism and much of what Thorstein Veblen called “conspicuous waste.” The pure materialism and the case for a pecking order. It also reveals a glimpse into the rough-and-tumble world of the former Soviet-bloc mentality where the use of brute force, the stick, always seems to precede the impatience of waiting for carrots to harvest. Its the same zeitgeist that was employed by the police state but now functioning in an ostensibly liberal and democratic society…
(see link at end)…This is the incredible moment a frustrated mayor drives an armoured vehicle over a Mercedes S-class – for parking in a cycle lane.
Arturas Zuokas, 43, took the drastic action after becoming infuriated with motorists parking their luxury cars illegally around the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.
The flamboyant politician decided to take the novel approach of fighting illegally parked cars by destroying them with a camouflaged Russian armoured personnel carrier….
…The dramatic scene was actually a set-up by the leader, to underline how keen he is to crush illegal parking.
The stunt was filmed for a video released by city officials, which points out that owners of expensive cars such as Ferraris and Rolls Royces regularly park in cycle lanes.
‘What should the city do about drivers who seem to think they’re above the law?’ it asks.
‘It seems that a tank is the best solution.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2021838/Mayor-Arturas-Zuokas-uses-tank-crush-illegally-parked-cars-Vilnius.html#ixzz2HjReY24n