Tesla Factory Sabotage in Germany Attributed to Left-Wing Extremist Group

The Vulkangruppe, a left-wing extremist organization, has admitted to sabotaging a Tesla factory near Berlin, resulting in the shutdown of production. This act followed a suspected arson attack on a high-voltage power pylon by the same group, identified as the Vulkangruppe or Volcano Group. Situated in the Grünheide suburb of Berlin, the Tesla gigafactory was affected by the power outage. This incident is part of a concerning pattern of left-wing sabotage targeting infrastructure across Europe, including disruptions to power and data cables vital for cities, railways, and factories.

Authorities reported that the pylon was deliberately ignited, resulting in a power outage not only at the factory but also affecting several neighboring towns. A spokesperson for Tesla confirmed the shutdown of production, leading to the dismissal of the majority of its 12,500 employees, as stated by broadcaster NTV.

Following the power outage, the Vulkangruppe declared: “We sabotaged Tesla today” in an apparent confession letter seen by the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

“Tesla eats earth, resources, people, labour and spits out SUVs, killing machines and monster trucks. Our gift for March 8th is to shut down Tesla,” the leftist group said.

The Vulkangruppe went on to accuse Tesla boss Elon Musk — whom they dubbed “Misery Musk” — of being a “technofascist” and said that the shutdown of the gigafactory was a step towards “liberation from patriarchy”.

They proceeded to urge leftists globally to target Tesla vehicles while on the road, proclaiming, “Every activist’s clandestine poetic collection must include a vandalized Tesla. No Tesla vehicle anywhere in the world should be exempt from our fiery fury. Each Tesla that ignites undermines the hegemonic lifestyle.”

The extremist group on the far-left has a track record of targeting the Tesla facility in Grünheide. They took credit for a previous arson incident in 2021, which targeted high-voltage power cables essential for the factory’s construction. To date, no individuals have been identified or brought to justice in connection with these attacks.

Commenting on the sabotage on Tuesday, Tesla chief Elon Musk said on X: “These are either the dumbest eco-terrorists on Earth or they’re puppets of those who don’t have good environmental goals. Stopping production of electric vehicles, rather than fossil fuel vehicles, ist extrem dumm.”

Brandenburg’s Interior Minister Michael Stübgen said: “If the initial findings are confirmed, this will be a perfidious attack on our electricity infrastructure. That will have consequences. Here, thousands of people were cut off from basic services and put in danger.

“The constitutional state will react to such an act of sabotage with the utmost severity. Nothing can be said about the perpetrators yet, so I would warn against hasty speculation. Now we need to concentrate and work with all our strength to clear up the incident. The State Criminal Police Office has started the investigation.”

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser — who herself has been linked to far-left extremists — said: “If a left-wing extremist motive is confirmed, then this is further evidence that the left-wing extremist scene does not shy away from attacks on critical energy infrastructure… This shows enormous criminal energy.”