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Leftist extremists claim rail arson attacks

The Local · 10 Oct 2011, 13:53

Published: 10 Oct 2011 13:53 GMT+02:00

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Reporting the incident at the central station, used by thousands of people each day, the daily Der Tagesspiegel said that an attack had been thwarted at the last minute when a member of staff found several suspect objects. Investigation showed them to be incendiary agents.

“The objects were suspiciously like those which were found by the attack on the Berlin-Hamburg train track,” said a spokeswoman for the police. The train station was not evacuated, but the discovered objects were taken for investigation.

An arson attack on cables crucial to the rail link from Berlin to Hamburg early on Monday morning caused what was described as massive damage along the stretch between Brieseland and Finkenkrug stations.

Signalling was totally knocked out said a police spokesman, making it impossible for the high-speed ICE train services to run there, according to Der Tagesspiegel.

Passengers had to expect at least an hour’s delay as trains were diverted along a longer route where they could not reach top speeds. The repairs were expected to last all day, while police also conducted a search for evidence and started their investigation.

Leftist extremists claimed responsibility for the train track attack in a long email sent to a range of media outlets. The group calls itself the Hekla reception committee, taking the name of an Icelandic volcano and saying they are in favour of more social eruptions.

They spoke of attacks which forced Berlin to slow down – to protest ten years of war in Afghanistan, while also calling for American soldier Bradley Manning, jailed for leaking US military information, to be released.

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A similar arson attack on a regional train track switching box knocked out train and phone services for large parts of Berlin at the end of May and was later claimed by a leftist group also calling itself after an Icelandic volcano – Eyjafjallajökull, which caused global transport problems when its ash cloud crippled air traffic last year.

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14:56 October 10, 2011 by MonkeyMania
Catch them and string them up by their left ball
15:17 October 10, 2011 by catjones
Calling these people 'Leftist extremists' makes them sound like a political group. What will they be called after someone is injured or killed which is clearly their intention?
15:27 October 10, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
How does attacking train equipment make anyone's point?? Form a legal party, do the legwork and transform people by the legitimate power of your arguments if you want to effect change. Work for the candidates you want elected. Attacking trains? All you do is tie up police resources and make yourselves look like juvenile idiots.
16:12 October 10, 2011 by William Thirteen
'juvenile idiots'

David, I think you hit the nail on it's pointy little head!
16:15 October 10, 2011 by raandy
I agree juvenile meltdowns, they need a few years in jail and a good a''s kicking and no more B day parties or cookies and milk
16:36 October 10, 2011 by auslanderus
Sending then to jail and giving them an a's kicking will not help. In jail they get free TV, a warm bed and 3 hot meals a day. Hows about stripping there butts and putting them in stocks in public view. I would say it would not take long for them to change there minds after a day and night in the open this time of the year.
17:24 October 10, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Did you notice something, if this report is correct? The leftist group, Hekla, took credit for the arson attack on the rail lines, but failed to mention the incendiary devices left in the Berlin station. Why not take credit for everything? Or, did they at the last minute, realize they might have misjudged the populace's reaction to devices left at the station, and which more than likely would have injured or killed many innocent people?

Also, what would have happened if their attack on the rail lines had gone awry, and caused a train to derail? Again, hurting or killing some innocent riders/passengers? Would they have boldly taken credit?

No, they have shown both their cowardize and selfishness, by only claiming what they want to claim, and by their attacks (or intended attacks) on innocent individuals.
17:38 October 10, 2011 by derExDeutsche
This reminds me of my time traveling around India. Maoist Sympathizers, often 'Students', try to deliberately cause derailments. they've succeed, as scores of people have been killed.

In May 2010 alone, 115 were killed when a train was forced to derail and collide with another train.

'¦quot;Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly.¦quot; Mao Tse-Tung
22:08 October 10, 2011 by wood artist
It never ceases to amaze me that groups like this believe that committing acts such as this will rally people to their side/point of view. Without exception, the only people who respond positively are those who already so believe. Everyone else just gets more likely to help string them up.

23:04 October 10, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, these people are just as misguided as that Domestic Terrorist in Norway.

Most of us are rational. And therefore we also would like to have greater peace, stability and prosperity. But again, if you truly desire to improve your nation, and Europe altogether, then surely it's best to do so at the ballot box.

The weird thing about humans is that they all actually want whatever is best. However, the problem is that many people don't know what quality is.

Therefore education is the key to life on earth.
14:12 October 11, 2011 by LecteurX
@ wood artist

Normal logic ceases to apply to such groups of people. Actually I wouldn't wager they want to "rally people" to their side. I would guess that they resort to violence because they don't believe in ballots and elections to bring about the kind of change they want, for whatever reason that be, but not to win the hearts of the populace. Nevertheless, I don't get it why crippling the German Railways should speed up whichever revolution they want to foist on us. Lenin himself was whisked through Germany in a safe train to Russia to catch up with the Russian Revolution, thus functional railways should rather be appealing to these guys. So, whatever, it just doesn't make sense at all.

@ derExDeutsche - quite right. Mao was one murdering lunatic, and in a way it's quite scary that the Chinese never question his heritage and still hang his giant portrait at Tiananmen Square. At least Khrushchev and the Communist bloc rejected Stalinism in the 1960s.
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