Political Pyromania

Berlin Arson Attacks Leave Authorities Stumped

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Paul Löbe House, a parliamentary building, has been the target of three of the attacks.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The atacks could indicate the emergence of a new right-wing terror organization in Germany.

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    • Incendiary devices have been used in attacks against the German parliament and ruling Christian Democrats’ HQ.
    • The culprits left behind far-right literature containing anti-immigrant tirades.
    • Police and prosecutors are investigating, but no suspects have been apprehended.
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Berlin’s government district has been attacked five times by arsonists in the past few months, raising suspicions that federal buildings are under a sustained attack from far-right extremists.

Each of the incidents occured in the early hours of a Monday morning. Three were directed at Paul Löbe House, a parliamentary office building, while incendiary devices were also thrown at the Reichstag parliament building and at the headquarters of the ruling center-right Christian Democratic Union party. The attacks did little damage and no one was injured.

All three buildings are under around-the clock video surveillance. Police are not saying what, if anything, can be seen on the video recordings, and no one has so far been apprehended.

The bottom line is that seven months after the first incident the attackers haven’t been caught. At four of the five crime scenes, they left behind flyers for a group call the German Resistance Movement. The documents had the crude headline: “The origin of violence is the ignorance of the rulers,” followed by tirades against immigrants.

The wording claims that the “multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-historical constellation of the population” at present in Germany will “tear the country apart and Balkanize it.”

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