Army Jeeps Set on Fire in Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners in Leipzig, Germany

Published January 11, 2021

Army jeeps Set on Fire in Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners in Leipzig, Germany

Late on the evening of December 31, 2020, we set fire to seven Bundeswehr [German army] jeeps in the Mercedes parking lot in Leipzig-Schönefeld. The military deserves our attention as part of the toolbox of state repression, along with the other institutions which in recent years have been attacked on New Year’s Eve.

Many valid arguments can be used to criticize the Bundeswehr: it is in war (“large-scale missions abroad”). She is there to enforce, by force, the interests of the German state around the world. It is an authoritarian structure, filled with right-wing networks and characterized by macho relations. Along with the military platform at Leipzig-Halle Airport, the city of Leipzig, which aspires to a good reputation, also has a military structure that can operate all over the world.

It may be that these drawbacks of the Bundeswehr, obvious to any well-meaning mind, have caused us to have a negative attitude towards this institution. However, it also reinforced in us the idea that the state - as the power of one human being over another human being - is our enemy. Repressive organizations of this power, such as the cops, the army, the judiciary or the employment agencies, especially deserve our attacks.

The distinctive feature of the military is further highlighted by current discussions about the deployment of the military within the country, to support health authorities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Different arguments enter these discussions: these days, many health services are overwhelmed by the number of infected people, and their contact cases, to manage. Soldiers would be deployed to monitor certain contact cases, so it would be possible to more accurately assess who else might be infected and the spread of the pandemic could be limited in a more targeted manner than with widespread bans. On the other hand, the deployment of soldiers in Germany is often viewed critically and there are serious obstacles to a deployment of the Bundeswehr in Germany. After weighing the arguments on both sides, the decision is often made in favor of military support for health services, rarely against.

The life of the citizen under state rule - as the perfect capitalist, chief cop, pension payer, big brother and organizer of youth education, or as a power of imprisonment - is already a disaster. Even though we don’t know anything other than this life, we see it transforming us into slaves whose fear for their own skin makes them lose their humanity. It is not a question here of the inhumanity which makes it possible to ignore the suffering at the external borders of Europe or the poverty which surrounds us, but of the inhumanity which makes it possible to deny people their equality and which makes it possible to profit from ‘a world in which we are judged on the basis of our skin color, social class, gender. Believing in the promise of being able to rise socially through submission to the logic of exploitation and the spirit of competition also serves as a yardstick by which our fellow human beings are evaluated. To consider it normal to send German soldiers around the world, but not want to see them deployed here, you have to have already accepted the difference between people “around the world” and people here.

The benefits and the scourge of state domination have led us not to know how to take care of others and of ourselves in a way of solidarity and free from any domination. It therefore seems important, in this time of a pandemic, that the health services have the necessary staff to carry out contact tracing and that, inevitably, the military intervenes to provide assistance. The fact that we accept that they do the job of health services shows us how dependent we are on state institutions. The acceptance of soldiers for support shows the desperation in which we are ready to give up our principles.

But it doesn’t matter: state decisions are out of our hands anyway. We can only try to preserve, or win, our humanity. Without a clear idea of ​​how to get rid of state dominance, we know that there is nothing wrong with a well-thought-out attack. We try not to go blindly in this regard: given the circumstances, for example, it seemed absurd to us to attack the health services, because admittedly these are institutions of the State, but we don’t see how their work in limiting the spread of the pandemic could be replaced. On the other hand, it is possible to do without the army.

Over the past year, we have had to endure many repressive blows. Throughout Germany, there have been numerous searches of comrades and several anti-fascists are in preventive detention. While trying to criminalize anti-fascist actions and reduce them to terrorism, the Association of Persons Persecuted by the Nazi Regime, an anti-fascist association, has had its non-profit status withdrawn. The Nazis are welcomed with open arms in the Bundeswehr and in the police, where they can store weapons and ammunition.

This situation has been thwarted by swift responses from us. After the raids [of the Nazis], There were many demonstrations, unfortunately mostly only in the Connewitz district. In our city, there has been more movement in the confrontation between the autonomous milieu and the state, especially after and during Lina’s imprisonment*, but this has been slowed down by the pandemic which is hitting the entire planet. We absolutely must continue on this path.

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