Our German comrades in Dem Volke dienen published on 31. of August a declaration in solidarity with a left-oriented group in Germany, that has faced a series of police raids in several federal states. We publish here an unofficial translation of their declaration.
We emphasize to all our readers that the event in Germany is extremely relevant even in Norway. The increased repression from the state in Germany is paralleled with the development in Norway. The attacks on revolutionaries, and the fascistic provocations and street fights that are used to legitimize the attacks, is in its nature the same that happens here.
The example from Germany should call to unity against repression, to stand together against police terror, to join ranks against those who sow discord among anti-fascists, and to a united struggle against fascism and state repression and attacks on bourgeois-democratic freedoms and rights.
Solidarity with Roter Aufbau!
By Dem Volke dienen’s writer collective
Today the left-oriented group “Roter Aufbau” [“Red Construction”] was attacked by the German bourgeois federal state.
The reactionary press writes the following:
“The State Attorney in Hamburg told WELT that during Monday morning there was carried out house searches in 28 residences, including both apartments and houses. The majority of the searches happened in Hamburg. However, there was also carried out raids in Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein and Nordrhein-Westfalen. 200 police officers were involved. In total 22 are according to WELT’s information under investigation and everyone belongs to the group ‘Roter Aufbau’, an anti-imperialist group with Marxist-Leninist roots and that is kept under surveillance by Verfassungsschutz.”
[Verfassungsschutz is “Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution”, which is the german states security agency, due to historical reasons it does not have police authority, editors note. TFM]
Those who were attacked described the case as following on their Facebook page:
“This morning we and people associated with us had a visit again. In some cases, they came with SEK-units and machine guns to drag people out of their beds. There has been filed a case against our organisation under §129 StGB that is about the formation of a criminal organisation. We can’t at the moment say anything for sure about the scope of the operation against us, but we assume at the moment that there have been 10-15 house searches. In addition to the ransacking of the left-oriented store Lüütje Lüüd. All technology and all notes have been confiscated, and also some clothing articles. We know that 129 StGB is known as a rubber paragraph and has rarely lead to any charges, as the primary goal is to map our structures.”
“It is said that it was directed towards 22 suspects and that 27 houses were ransacked. In addition to 24 ransackings in Hamburg, there was one in each of the states Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein and Nordrhein-Westfalen.”
This attack by the German state against Roter Aufbau is an attack on the entire revolutionary movement in BRD [Federal Republic of Germany, TFM] – this is not about a gang, but about a grouping within the revolutionary movement. Many of our readers have certain political antipathies towards this political group, but for the moment all such attitudes must be put aside to form a joint front against repression by the imperialist state. This attack is directed towards the entire revolutionary movement as a whole, and there is no coincidence that it takes place under the current state of emergency, and especially in a political situation when the “German people” are asked to join ranks against “anti-democrats” considering the fascistic provocation this weekend. The provocation functioned as a public cover to carry out the disgusting attacks on Roter Aufbau – in the mistaken belief that it won’t lead to much resistance. But the imperialist state is wrong. We are sure that a great wave of solidarity will arise, and we ask our readers to initiate actions in solidarity in every city in Germany! Take immediate initiatives and show, together with others, the revolutionary movements solidarity against the state!
Solidarity with Roter Aufbau!
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