Volkswagen takes action against Internet ´suicide bombing´ (SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER) 01/28/05)
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German automaker Volkswagen said Friday it had filed a complaint
against the makers of a video clip depicting a suicide bombing using
one of its cars.
The 22-second film, which has been making the rounds on the Internet,
shows an Arab-looking man with a Palestinian scarf driving a VW Polo
through a city where he pulls up in front of a crowded cafe and sets
off a bomb in his car.
The Polo and the surroundings remain unscathed and the slogan "Small
but tough" appears. In a German version, the phrase reads "Extremely
VW spokesman Hartwig von Sass described the clip as "violence-
glorifying, cynical and criminal" and said it amounted to "an attack
on Volkswagen´s good reputation".
The state prosecutor´s office in the northern city of Braunschweig
confirmed it had received a complaint against persons unknown. It
said it had opened a probe on suspicion of public incitement which
could later include other charges.
Sass said a steering wheel on the right-hand side, the license plate
and the appearance of a London taxi in the background of the film
indicated that it had been shot in the British capital.
He said he could not confirm reports that a London advertising agency
had made it but said it was in any case not an agency that worked
with Volkswagen, Europe´s biggest carmaker.
Sass said the company would consider a civil lawsuit against the
filmmakers, if they are identified, based on copyright violations.
(© Copyright 2005, Simon Wiesenthal Center 01/28/05)
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