The origin of the word vandal has to do with one of the barbarians that they put in check the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. The Vandals were a Germanic people which was in the borders of the Empire, more specifically in central Europe, where began to push for land, benefits and rewards. The idea of violence and aggression was historically associated with this word since, as the rest of barbarian peoples, bloody and violent methods were used by vandals to penetrate into the Roman Empire, besieging populations installed there, taking spoils of war and destroying the founded cities. Considered for greater Western (Roman) civilization, the actions of these groups was always understood as acts of savagery and violence.
Today, the word vandal is used to refer to a person or a group of people who act in the same way, organized or not, to destroy, steal, plunder and violating private property, etc. Vandalism is a very common social phenomenon in today's society in which violence is a constant feature. Many times, the vandalism has to do with root causes such as poverty, poverty, inequality and the neglect that a population can be, but many other times vandalism has no apparent causes more than pleasure that a person or group of people can generate the destroy and break.
It is normal that acts of vandalism carried out when demonstrations, protest marches, etc. but also vandalism is a trigger common groups not engaged politically as for example with violent football using these media not as a form of protest, but simply as a form of leverage, steal, plunder and destroy whatever is in its path supporters or hooligans hardly a chance.
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