Vonovia has perfected the capitalist exploitation of the basic human need for shelter: apart from outrageously high rents, the company utilizes an endless list of inhumane practices to exploit and terrorize their renters (e.g. systematic fraud in additional costs, general refusal of maintenance, as well as extortion of drastic increases in rent via “modernisations”). Through all of this Vonovia is rapidly advancing gentrification and the housing shortage. Especially in the east of Leipzig this displacement has become increasingly obvious, in hardly any other part of the city the rent is increasing as quickly. Vonovia plays one but not the sole part in profiting massively from this development and in actively advancing it. Our actions are part of the diverse resistance against the so-called ‘valorization’ of neighbourhoods and the displacement of their residents. Militant attacks are one of many means in this fight, they are legitimate and necessary. Direct economic damage drags the ones responsible into the lime light and decreases their profits. But we must not stop there. Let’s work together in many different ways to achieve a city where living together in solidarity is prioritized over the profits of big real estate companies. Let’s create vivd and rebellious neighbourhoods and let’s find ways to connect the various fights against gentrification!
Let’s also not forget about our comrades and friends in other parts of the world. Their struggles are our struggles. The squat “Biologico” in Thessaloniki has been evicted in december of last year. This squat served as a place where social struggles were united with the fights of students and where resistance against valorization and displacement was organized. In their call to action they write: “This one week should serve as another chance for fighters, individuals and groups in Greece, Europe and the whole world to show their solidarity with the squat Biologico which has existed for 34 years and is now at risk of eviction. They should do so with any means necessary and in any way which seems useful. Each eviction has its price. Be prepared, be cautious, solidarity is our weapon.”
We hope seeing the broken windows in Vonovia’s offices brings a smile to the faces of some renters suffering under this company’s harassment.
Let’s burst the bubbles of investors’ dreams! For a city for all!
In the night from 03.08.2021 to 04.08.2021, we torched Vonovia company cars in Berlin Mitte and in Lichtenberg.
Not much more needs to be said about Vonovia. They are real estate sharks and big capitalists worth billions. They are currently planning to take over Deutsche Wohnen for the third time. In capitalism, there are many responsible companies and individuals who ensure its continued existence through their existence. Vonovia, like many others, is certainly one of them.
But this arson is not a revenge action against their company policy.
It is meant to be a flaming call to do even more damage to property against the city of the rich and to fight for a society without hierarchies and authorities. In order to leave the age of exploitation and oppression behind us, the existing social tensions must be brought to escalation. The prerequisite for this is the symbiosis of theory and practice. We decide what, when is important for us, so attacks on the symbols and leaders of capitalism, among other things, can happen in the spotlight of the media or in the dark of the night. This time we have chosen the night. From an objective point of view, it is always to the advantage of politics and law enforcers if the subversives are accountable by acting in a temporally and spatially limited way. Subversion can be lived out, but only if it is not dictated by the guardians of the existing. This can also mean taking advantage of a demonstration to launch targeted attacks in order to eventually get into a confrontation with the cops, or instead of forcing a positional war against evictions, to occupy other houses. It would be fatal if the repression, the actions and the way of thinking of the authorities, would inhibit our insurgent ideas. We would become dependent on them and always react instead of deciding for ourselves what, when and how to attack or build.
This time it was a few cars, who knows what tomorrow will bring. Arson is only one of many tools that gives expression to destructive tendencies. It is up to us.
Even if the smoke after the Rigaer 94 walk-through has cleared a bit in the meantime, this does not mean that the struggles for affordable and decent housing in Berlin and elsewhere have ceased. Many other tenants fear every year anew for their apartment and thus for their center of life. The prospects of finding a halfway affordable apartment in this city tend toward zero for most people with average salaries.
That this fear also has deadly consequences is shown by the death of Peter Hollinger on May 31, 2021. After a three-year, unsuccessful court case against an eviction action due to personal needs, the 67-year-old musician and long-established Kreuzberger killed himself.
This is not the first death in connection with evictions. It is also worth remembering the death of Rosemarie F. , who died two days after her eviction in a Berlin homeless shelter.
In both cases it was clear in the run-up to the eviction which immense pressure and psychological stress the persons concerned had been exposed to and in both cases it was urgently advised against an eviction from a medical point of view. The fatal consequence was accepted in favor of a property issue.
When with the beginning of the 2020 pandemic the voices became louder that landlords should please react “accommodatingly” to possible corona-related payment difficulties and that evictions should please be suspended, we had no illusions about what was actually going to happen.
The eviction of the Mutiny, the Liebig 34 and the Syndicate, as well as the upcoming evictions of the bookstore Kisch&Co, the Köpi and the Potse speak a clear language. What is transfigured in the media as the struggle of autonomists against the city is in reality the logic of a real estate market whose victims are selected not according to political identity but according to economic usability.
The fact that housing has become a commodity and an object of speculation for listed asset managers leaves all those in permanent fear for their existence who are financially unable to pay the constantly rising rents.
That’s why we torched a Vonovia car last night on Einsteinufer in the Tiergarten district.
The pandemic has hardly hurt the housing business. Companies like Vonovia in particular continued to raise rents on a regular basis. The average rent of Vonovia apartments in 2021 is already 3.5 percent higher than a year ago.
We don’t care what lip service companies like Vonovia use to try to gloss over their profit-oriented and anti-human housing policies.
As long as private, listed and thus profit-oriented real estate companies, with a short line to politics, determine our housing and thus our lives, we will attack them.
All humans have own need at dwelling!
Against the city of the rich!
In memory of all who have lost their lives because of this anti-human profit logic!