Press Communique of the Revolutionary Action Cells (RAZ): March 17 2011 (rough translation)

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 – ”


5 thoughts on “Press Communique of the Revolutionary Action Cells (RAZ): March 17 2011 (rough translation)

  1. Hi Dreadnought
    Just saw this post.Figured you might be interested in this which is the archives of an illegal magazine in Germany with I think a broadly similar political orientation to that of the RAZ.
    Would like to get some of it translated one of these days.
    As for the divide between “party building” and autonomy its pretty loose especially depending on ones understanding of what a party should be.
    I personally happen to be a non-Leninist “party builder” who identifies more with the “left” line in the early Comintern and USSR.

  2. Hi Signalfire,
    Thanks so much for the link, unfortunately I don’t speak a word of German. If you are ever interested in publishing the translation of the magazines I am sure I could help find a publisher for it. As for the “left” line in the early Comintern and USSR do you have in mind folks like Pannakoek and Pankhurst, or others? I would be very interested in learning more about that tendency.

    1. In terms of the left line in the early comintern you have:
      1: the so called “German-Dutch” left which came out of a pre ww1 anti-revisionist split from the social democrats in the Netherlands and also the IKD (internationalist communists of germany) who came out of the anti-revisionist/anti-centerist opposition in the SPD but were to the left of Spartacus, their differences with the Leninist line in the comintern are pretty well summed up here They did however advocate for the party as a indispensable weapon as can be seen here this is important to emphasize as the KAPD/KAI line is often confused with the latter development known as “council communism” which negates the party and advocates informal organization and mass spontaneity (its sort of like a Marxist version of insurrectionist anarchism in some ways).
      2: the Italian Left who came out of the anti-democratic extreme left of the pre-war PSI, they stayed in the international until forced out by “bolshevization”. Advocates of the centrality of the party, internationalism, refusal of reformist tactics and cross class fronts, opponents of democracy and majority rule and most distinctively defenders of the conception of socialism as a new mode of non-mercantile production.
      3: the Russian left: which first manifested around the short lived journal Kommunist which opposed peace with the Germans in 1918, later in the worker’s opposition and finally in various underground groups which continued to operate within the USSR until the early 30s. they were tied together by opposition to Lenin’s line which tended to conflate socialism with “state capitalism under the dictatorship of the proletariat” thus they opposed one-man management,authority of bourgeois experts, continued commercial exchange, NEP etc and advocated immediate radical overhaul of production relations. None of the above had much to do with Trotskyism (which in my opinion is the boring inverse of Stalinism). Of course there is also a “family resemblance” between these currents and the GPCR “ultra left”.

      1. Hi Signalfire,
        Thanks so much for your detailed response. As you can tell from some preliminary notes on this website I am very interested in the Chinese ‘ultra-left’, and am generally interested in the “left” communist tradition, especially those varieties that remained closer to the Leninist tradition, but had severe critiques of it. I was wondering whether you could recommend some primary sources and some secondary reference material for me to read?

  3. Well Philippe Bourrinet’s two books on the Italian and German-Dutch left are good,(i can email pdf copies if you want) on the russian left theres:

    In terms of the theory of the italian left much is archived here:

    Also for the german left there is:

    Syndikalismus und Linkskommunismus von 1918 bis 1923. Ein Beitrag zur Sozial- und Ideengeschichte der frühen Weimarer Republik
    by Hans Manfred Bock

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