The tanks are rolling through Europe and the war has been dominating the headlines for weeks. But we have not woken up in a new world, as the press and politicians have been trying to make us believe since the war in Ukraine. The current war is the direct result of a militarized world. It is the same dirty racist and murderous system that we attacked on New Year’s Eve. It is the same capitalist system that divides people into groups and rules over them. The very system in which some get and stay rich with arms exports. It is the same Nato that has been waging war for years and that acts in the same militaristic logic as the authoritarian pig Putin. No, the only thing “new” about the situation is that the warlike misery has moved closer to Europe.
At the turn of the year, we set fire to a company building of OHB in Bremen. The fire unfolded in an exemplary manner and destroyed an entire building. According to OHB, the jobs of 330 employees were rendered unusable for the time being. The damage, worth millions, still delights us every day. What followed in January and February was the purest propaganda show by cops and politicians.
We learned from the media that a security guard was allegedly in an anteroom of the attacked building. According to our observations, no one was in the completely darkened building at the time of the attack. We did not want to wantonly put anyone in danger. The attack was of course not aimed at this presumably precariously employed person who has to work in a multi-million dollar corporation on New Year’s Eve. We wanted to harm the arms company OHB and sabotage its war-mongering work.
That the attack was right is shown not only by the reaction of the cops and the press. Wow, what a wave! Directly the day after, the Senator for Economy, Labor and Europe from the party Die Linke has herself photographed at the scene, backs OHB and denies that OHB is an arms company that cooperates with Frontex. Politics and the arms industry in common interest for Bremen as a business location. A disgusting melange!
As recently as 2014, politicians from the Die Linke itself sat on the podium of an information event on the militarization of Europe’s external borders and criticized the fact that the arms company OHB cooperates with the border protection agency Frontex and builds spy satellites for it. Once again, this behavior shows us that power corrupts and no party can be trusted. Change can only come from below.
Less than two months after our attack, OHB announces the construction of a new satellite system for optical surveillance for the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) and is already salivating over the 100 billion euros that will be put into new armament projects. It is clear that the attack has hit exactly the right ones.
In helpless propaganda, the Senator of the Interior and the Oberschlapphut from the Office for the Protection of the Constitution emphasize at every opportunity that such militant attacks represent “a precursor to terror” and that they “feel reminded of the 1970s.” These comparisons aim to diabolize autonomous militancy and legitimize the use of strong resources to act against militant and emancipatory structures. We too sometimes feel reminded of the 70s when we look at security agencies riddled with Nazis or the normality of right-wing arms caches outside the authorities. In our estimation, an armed struggle against this is not currently on the horizon. Sabotage and militant attacks remain our means of choice.
Another fairy tale of the investigating cops is the high professionalism in militant actions in Bremen. It serves as an excuse for the lack of investigative success and is meant to create a rift between emancipatory movements and militant actions. It is also meant to prevent the imitation of such attacks. If we look back at the attack on OHB, we have to admit that it did not take too much: a hammer and plenty of gasoline to spoil the New Year’s Day for the defense company and the Senator of Economics!
We call for standing up against warmongers, attacking the arms industry and taking a survivalist anti-militarist stance.
Against the war! No peace with the ruling conditions! For the social revolution!