Prison Profiteers Attacked by Militant Cells of Fire Against Prisons in Saxony, Germany

Published November 7, 2019


Militant Cells of Fire Against Prisons claimed responsibility for two attacks on November 4 in Saxony, Germany against the road construction company VSTR GmbH and industrial engineering company Hentschke Bau GmbH, which are both involved in the construction of a new giant prison. At both locations heavy construction machinery was set on fire.

The following is from their statement:

Fire to the enemies of freedom! Fire to the prisons!

The existence of prisons serves the conditioning of humans, the administration of misery, the destruction of rebellion, the torture of bodies, the blunting of souls. For a prison society such as ours, it is unbearably necessary to lock away the misery produced by the capitalist system. When you are born in poverty, the threat to end up behind bars is significantly higher. By enforcing judgments of a judiciary, which judges in the sense of the upper classes, prison keeps the wheels of oppression running. Therefore, the fight for social justice must always be a struggle against this incarcerating mentality and the existence of prisons. The fight for the liberation of all humans has to abolish the prison society.

For this reason we went out in the night of the 4th of November and struck twice: Once in Rodewisch (Saxony, Germany) where we hit the road construction company VSTR GmbH and twice against Hentschke Bau GmbH in Bautzen (Saxony, Germany). At both locations we set heavy construction machinery on fire. We consigned two trucks, two excavators, one van and one tractor unit to the flames. The estimated material damage caused is in the six digits. Both companies have taken orders for the new giant prison project in Zwickau-Marienthal (Saxony, Germany). There they are diligently working in this bleak area building a big concrete wall surrounding the new prison territory.(1) After the successful attack on the construction site in August 2019 we now followed the call of the comrades. The accomplices, who named themselves “Autonomous Commando Thomas Meyer-Falk,” have already outlined background information concerning the construction of the new penal institution in Zwickau-Marienthal and the machinations of the company Hentschke Bau in their communique. We would like to link their passionate words here. (2)

We want to point out that the participation and enrichment by supporting the prison industry is not rewarding. Furthermore we recommend not to participate in the cruel business of the prison system. It could raise great anger in some human hearts…

Prison is the embodiment of isolation and exclusion from society. By this, the “problems” of capitalist society are partly pushed out of sight from the public… The public doesn’t need to care. Once these humans are locked away, they are sorted out, sent to banishment, are made invisible, are forgotten.

This is one reason why the majority of prisons are located in bleak and remote areas. These giant, grey buildings should preferably not be noticed by the public. They should not recall that behind these walls there are humans rotting, not recall that they might be responsible for their suffering… Within the past years, we observed that the prison issue lacked visibility, even in radical left contexts. This action shall be a contribution to emphasize the importance of a struggle against prisons and the prison society.

We have to expose prisons as what they are: An instrument of power. A tool that serves the emperors, to protect themselves against the people…

The imprisoned H. Deutsch wrote that nothing seriously changed since the reformation of the German penal system in the 70s. The conceptual structure remained, there “had to have happened a complete exchange of the prison guards, as well as the prison directory.” The fairytale of re-socialization proved to be a masquerade that justifies imprisonment in front of the public. Hidden behind this dogma, the cruelties of the former penalty institutions still exist, going along with the impacts on the imprisoned…

We are supporting the struggles of the imprisoned for better conditions within detention and the granting of their human rights, up to the demand to demolish every prison. The concrete claims for better conditions contain the abolishment of solitary confinement, of preventive incarceration, of forced labor, the advent of the minimum wage payment and the possibility to save for pension funds, as well as a sufficient medical care system.

Putting aside the main purpose of prisons, the oppression of individuals for a seamless function of capitalist power, we still face a society that demands prisons for supposed security. But prisons will never solve the problems of society…

We hope that our flames could warm all those who linger within cold prison walls. May our fire be a small light to those who are facing dark times. For Loic, for the Park Bench 3. For Lisa and Thomas. Your struggle is inspiring us, it was part of our motivation for this attack.

Freedom to all prisoners!

Militant Cells of Fire Against Prisons! (((A)))

(1) Since the bombing attacks carried out by the Revolutionary Cells (RZ) in the 1970s, the walls of German prisons are built first, the buildings are built second.