Last night’s news feed included an ANSAmed article about two incidents in France in which high-speed trains were sabotaged by anarchist groups (a.k.a. Antifa or Autonomer).
Gates of Vienna reader and correspondent Aviel (who reported on his experience in Cologne during the Pro-Köln incidents in September) sent us the following excerpts from a more extensive article in Der Spiegel, and included with them his commentary.
First, excerpts from the article:
Terror Officials Explore Possible Germany Link
French police arrested a number of people Tuesday suspected of having taken part in a coordinated series of attacks on the country’s high-speed rail network that left thousands of commuters stranded and saw one train plough through two concrete slabs at 150 kph (90 mph).
The police stated that those arrested are believed to belong to a far-left anarchist group waging protests against nuclear waste that was being transported from France to the Gorleben radioactive waste storage site in northwest Germany, according to the BBC.
In Germany, these protests saw 16,000 police battle an estimated 15,000 protesters, who succeeded in causing a 20-hour delay in the shipment of 123 tons of radioactive waste.
The arrests were carried out in three cities by members of France’s anti-terrorist police force. In a statement, France’s interior ministry said Tuesday that several hundred officers from the domestic intelligence service and anti-terror police had been monitoring members of the “anarcho-autonomous” movement for months.
The four attacks on Saturday involved sabotaging high-speed TGV lines by hooking metal bars on overhead 25,000-volt power cables. The attacks took place on lines north, east and south of Paris, causing sudden and widespread delays in traffic national traffic, Eurostar services to Brussels and London, and on Thalys routes to the Netherlands and northern Europe. Over 20,000 passengers were delayed and 160 trains disrupted as a result of the attacks, according to the SCNF.
In a separate and possibly related attack on Sunday, saboteurs placed two concrete slabs across railway tracks near the southern French town of Narbonne. The train, which was estimated to be travelling at 150 kph when it met the slabs, sustained some damage but remained on the tracks and arrived in Perpignan only an hour behind schedule. No passengers were injured.
The possibilities of injury here are staggering. A train filled with passengers could very well have derailed at 150 kph and the casualties would have been horrendous. The very fact that the police are still considering these perpetrators as “vandals” is an outright dereliction of duty and a massive failure to protect the sovereignty of France and the safety of her citizens.
I have said here many times before, the socialists are the number one enemy of Europe. It is not the Muslims we must single out; one can not blame the fox for hunting chickens. The real criminal here is the farmer who allows the fox to enter the henhouse. Our left wing leaders represent a clear and present danger to the sovereignty of our nations and must be eliminated from government.
The connection between these Antifa radicals and the left wing political establishment is clear. These are not black-hooded vandals acting alone. They are well organized by the left to enforce political positions when the left is defeated legally on any given agenda. Take for example the Cologne Conference on Anti-Islamization. The left were soundly defeated when they proposed to have the Conference shut down. So instead of keeping with the democratic process, they organized thousands of youth to take to the streets and violently attack the Conference and blockade the streets. As you may recall, Antifa anarchists attacked the rail lines leading to and from the Cologne-Bonn aeroport in an effort to block government officials from around Europe from attending the conference. The police did nothing. While the mayor of Cologne did not seem interested in stopping this thuggery, the blame falls squarely on two specific individuals.
Claus Ludwig and Jeorg Detjen are both leftist radicals and also members of Cologne’s city council. They are directly responsible for organizing and directing leftist youth criminals to commit various acts of violence and sabotage in an effort to impose their Marxist sway over the political scene in Germany. The government of Germany knows this yet they do nothing about it. Claus Ludwig himself had been arrested for instigating riots in the streets and also for violently preventing police from arresting rioting youth. He was seen in Cologne at the conference last September, personally directing and shouting orders to the Antifa youth who assaulted a Jewish representative of the Pro-Köln party who was trying to attend a press conference. I myself suffered a broken rib at that conference at the hands of Antifa. This neglect by the German authorities to reign in these terrorist masterminds can only be the result of Germany’s fear of leftist reprisal.
I for one would like to propose a class-action lawsuit against the Federal Republic of Germany for failing to maintain social order and uphold the law. These men must be stopped and the German government are the ones who must stop it. If not, who is to say that men like Mr. Ludwig and Mr. Detjen will not continue to organize such attacks and actually cause massive casualties in the process.
The time for action is now; the very foundations of a free and orderly society depend on dealing with these individuals and their followers with extreme prejudice. For every day that passes, and we fail to act in a manner where we are able to retake our streets and countries, they grow stronger and bolder in their efforts.