I would like to thank JMP at M-L-M Mayhem! for telling me about this and the good folks at Signalfire for making this translation of a press communique by the Revolutionary Action Cells, who several weeks ago mailed bullets to several high profile German leaders, available. Apparently since their first action in December 2009 (a bombing of an employment agency in Wedding), the cells have conducted at least two other attacks besides this latest one. The second attack in February 2010 was a bombing, using a gas canister, of the Economy Ministry in Charlottenburg and a fire bombing of the Federal Office of Administration in November the same year. German newspapers report that CSU-Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich did in fact receive the bullet.
The group is interesting because it feels like a throwback to the 1970’s, especially because of the name of the organization which seems to be a play on the Revolutionary Cells (an urban guerrilla organization that coordinated attacks from 1973-1993) and the consistent references to the RAF and June 2nd Movement (indeed the cell that sent the bullets bears the name of Georg von Rauch, the founder of the June 2nd Movement). Even the language and style used seems very retro, however, since I don’t know German I cannot gauge whether the original text itself shares in this stylistic choice. It is difficult to grasp what the ideology is of these new cells, however, it can be assumed that it probably concurs with the anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, feminist, anti-racist and anti-Zionist politics of its forbearers. Furthermore, I would speculate that they are most likely much closer to an autonomist politics, rather than a more traditionally established Marxist-Leninist(-Maoist) politics because of their use the term “construction of a revolutionary process” rather, than “construction of a revolutionary party” towards communism. Also, it is interesting that the statement makes no mention of an accompanying mass movement which they an armed wing of, rather they seem to be provoked by a generalized state repression of the working class and the revolutionary left. It is difficult to say much else about the organization, but the German left just got a little more interesting to say the least.
The state repression against both members of our class in general, and against the revolutionary left in particular is booming: Oury Jalloh burned to death in a police cell in Dessau, Dennis is shot in Berlin during a vehicle check by a cop, Slieman dies in Berlin as the result of a massive use of pepper spray – the state murderers are covered and remain undisturbed.
National security trials against alleged members of clandestine militant groups and revolutionary movements at home and abroad, raids against leftist bookshops, criminalization of leftist media (radical, interim and prisma), a spy system, eviction of houses and threats of jail against former members of the RAF are just the tip of the iceberg . The repressive state apparatus, believe that they can intimidate and silence us through threats and intimidation . We say to the rulers: “Forget it!” If the repressive state apparatus believes it can intimidate us by a chain of repression, and beatings, it has miscalculated.
The protagonists of the state’s assault will find obstacles in their path. As our contribution to the organized resistance of the revolutionary left, we have left three “eminent personalities” a special greeting in which we sent them an 8mm cartridge by post. The next delivery is by express…
Today’s selection strikes:
1) the new CSU-Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich. We handed over our little break on his motivation as a welcome gift
2) the deputy of the Attorney General (BAW) and our direct opponent Griesbaum. For his tireless activity against former comrades from the RAF, he has our special attention.
3) And lastly the years of “theoretical extremism” propaganda from the academic ivory tower by Uwe Backes and Ekkehart Jesse was found “worthy”.
Class against class – War on war!
For a militant platform – for the construction of a revolutionary process – for communism!
Revolutionary action cells (RAZ)
– Cell Georg von Rauch – ”