Berlin, Germany: Arson Attack Against a Securitas Patrol Vehicle by ‘Amad Ahmad’ Cell FAI-FRI
Berlin, October 15th, 2018
The anarchist movement has sharpened it’s profile. This has meant that the repression against us has intensified in recent years. From Germany, the G20 has triggered an increase in activity by security agencies because they have realized that they are not in control of us and it became so obvious that a response was necessary. The destruction in Hamburg, the lack of compromise and the determination of the hooded ones hit them exactly where it was intended. Uncertainty was triggered there, in a place where people people’s property defines themselves and their complicity in a warring society. The luxury automobile or the patrol car on the verge of becoming a pile of charred plastic – a casualness towards the war against the poor, the outcast and the inept.
Following the publication of the text ‘The Insurgent’s Autism’, in issue 9, June 2018 of the eco-anarchist publication Fenrir, we felt an urge to respond. And for a moment we attack the illusion of security in this society in a very specific place to engage in communication and open a space for discussion.
…We do not know what to think regarding what out comrade Alfredo Cospito is saying when he speaks about a vision of an anarchist praxis that would become more dangerous because it keeps on experimenting. We can only speak for ourselves, that we have become more dangerous and are quite successful because the power misjudges our real potential. The willingness to remain alone, the claiming of total responsibility for our destiny…
But yes, we hope that the power perceives us as a danger, because that’s exactly what we want to be. But it’s hard to understand what is going on inside the hearts and minds of the anarchists of praxis. And we are also wandering around. Of course, like so many others around the world, we’re following the myriad of smaller and larger actions and love burning, fiery texts, unless the theory threatens to stifle the flames, and we take part in the informal organization.
Our influence is not large, and even if we don’t speak in the same dialect as you, Alfredo, we feel that we think the same way. But let us not forget that words are just a two-dimensional projection surface for the depth of thought. We agree that every anarchist practice carries risks. The open informal organization that seeks a relationship with society waters down anarchy and leads us to negotiating with politics. We too know the meetings where only a few get to speak. The informal organization as an ‘instrument of war’ carries with it the risk of sectarianism towards the rest of the world and therefore being disconnected from local conflicts and ruptures, unable to be part of them.
For one moment we choose complete anonymity, without claiming responsibility, because the fire or the stones have already spoken and intervened for themselves in the immediate conflict. In another, we choose to communicate with other cells in order to evolve through discussion and to communicate our connection via permanent attack with other hateful ones. And the next moment we move visibly, trying to communicate our ideas and experiences and to intervene in local, open conflicts. The anarchist Nero, who was captured in Berlin, also wrote about living this contradiction.
Yes, there is no ‘purity’ of anarchist praxis, but perhaps it is a mistake not to clearly separate the different strategies. On the one hand, as much as we really want to see the cities burning and join with the filthy social body, on the other hand it is our ongoing concern to continue moving with the only uncompromising method, that of the FAI-IRF, as a subversive threat to the country to continually destroy this filthy body.
This is not difficult, and with our campaign of successfully igniting a ‘Securitas’ patrol vehicle in Wedding, Berlin on the night of October 15th, 2018, for which we hereby claim responsibility, we wanted to break the autism. We refer directly to the arson attack against two cars of the ‘Securitas’ company on the night of April 30th to May 1st in Thun, as well as the resistance of the anarchists against the construction of the Bässlergut (Immigration Prison) in Basel. The reasons why ‘Securitas’ needs to be attacked are formulated in detail in the communique from Switzerland, so we do not need to go into that further. Additionally, the details of the enemy that have been provided in many declarations of attack often seem barely useful in furthering the spreading of resistance. On the other hand we miss the ideas of the fire starting comrades, how the spark of the attack can ignite in our everyday lives and in our social relationships.
For actors, such as the ‘Securitas’ company, which guards refugee camps in Berlin, secures prisons in Switzerland and extends the state’s arm of domination and control in many other locations around the world, our cities must become hostile territory. With our attack, we establish the link between our scattered struggles and propose that security companies and other multinational corporations continue to be the declared targets of our attacks so that symbolic attacks eventually become materially damaging.
Symbolic, because it is our own rebellion against any resignation and concretely brings about a small material loss, but more so because it is drowned out by the capitalist noise. In most cases we are left to either participate in a conflict or be absent. However, if it is possible to cause the projects of the politicians to fail because they bring more losses than profits for the companies involved, the sign of the magnitude of material damage can be the first step in a restless phase. This is the task of the militant commando that we have assigned ourselves compelled by the factual situation of our minority position, be it signed with FAI, anonymously or by a group like Rouvikonas. The signature is secondary.
At the same time the visible attack by hooded ones against the institutions of power and the cops must be carried out – at demonstrations and during riots in the districts. Here we stand with everyone on the street attacking cops and other fascists, ransacking and plundering shopping areas and building barricades. Does it matter whether we do it with anarchists, with comrades from the DHKPC (outlawed Turkish militant left organization Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front) or with our criminal friends? On the one hand yes, but we have to examine who we can act with on the street and who we can resolve contradictions with. The anarchist theory does not need to be permanently separated from other tendencies unless it cannot be realized in practice. In the western metropolises and in some rural regions there are only very small trouble spots, which will not develop into insurrections from the explanations of the anarchists for their attacks nor from their appeals.
In that sense, our means of communication, blogs and newspapers are actually an expression of autism. We exist for ourselves and ignore other fronts where the system wages wars. Individuals participate in many different conflicts, but as long as it is limited to certain areas, be it antifascism, the environment, etc, it is meaningless whether it is contact with society that is being sought or commando militancy that is being preached because neither of these areas pursues an insurgent project.
The state keeps the private mercenary companies in order to have its own personnel to hunt people freely. Our goal must be to eliminate them from everyday life, from public transport where they control tickets, from the shops where they guard the dead merchandise, from the banlieues where they harass the people, and from the prisons where they practice killing with the screws.
Solidarity with those affected by the Operations ‘Scripta Manent’ and ‘Panico’ as well as those who have had to face the state’s revenge in Basel for the wild demo in 2016! Our fighting hearts are with you.
‘Amad Ahmad’ Cell FAI-FRI
Tags: 'Amad Ahmad' Cell FAI-FRI, Arson, Berlin, Fenrir, Germany, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Operation Panic, Operation Scripta Manent, Sabotage, Securitas
This entry was posted on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at 4:19 pm and is filed under Direct Action.