Istanbul, Turkey: ELF-FAI/IRF torched an excavator in Northern Forests

While we lightened a cold dark night by torching a pile of iron, the rising flames could be seen far from the site, and aside from the pleasure that has given us, the action was taken in the service of eco-vandalism lobbying whose name has never been heard before.

On Thursday, February 20th, in Poyraz rural regions of Anatolian part of Istanbul, we attacked an excavator which was left to sleep on the verge of excavating nature, and we spray-painted several locations around the site with the signs of ‘ELF-FAI/IRF’. While this nature killer became unusable with a simple, time-set, handmade incendiary device, the message we wanted to give was clear: ‘If you build it, we will burn and destroy it!’

Our major motivations for this action:

We wanted to emphasize that the definitive attack against the dictatorship, which legitimizes itself by conducting ecocide projects such as the ‘Third Bosphorus Bridge’ and the ‘Kanal İstanbul’, has to be manifested no more relying on liberal-pacifist stereotypes such as ‘consciousness raising campaigns’ and ‘judicial process’. These kinds of organizations are just trying to delay what is unavoidable, and to hinder the reasonable eco-defense ground against current ecological destruction. By trying to get a positive decision from the State’s justice system, which is actually the contractor of ecocides, they help to weaken the anger by channeling it to polls or social media shares.

The industrial capitalist civilization is spreading with bridges and double highways on Earth, is securing itself inside concrete forests which it builds, considering nature as only a source, it is spreading by narrowing the wildlife borders everyday in the name of meeting the deficit of energy, and it is making itself dominant. For that reason, taking ourselves against a society which believes that building, development and expansion is virtue, we assume some kind of responsibility for eliminating everything involving this automation process, and as a part of the global total liberation struggle we choose to realize this by putting into practice simple incendiary methods, sabotage and direct action techniques by ourselves.

We dedicate this night, in which we lightened the domination castles with flames, to the comrades who are fallen, imprisoned or on the run.

To Sebastián Oversluij Seguel, murdered by a security guard while organizing a bank robbery in Santiago, the capital of Chile, on the 11th of December 2013; to Alfonso Alvial and Hermes González, who were arrested; and to Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, arrested and accused of shooting a security guard on the 21st of January 2014 by the Republic of Chile.

To Ali İsmail Korkmaz, Ethem Sarısülük, Abdullah Cömert, Medeni Yıldırım, Mehmet Ayvalıtaş and Ahmet Atakan, who were murdered by the Turkish State, and to Berkin Elvan (a 15-year-old boy), who got piped to his head and injured by a gas canister, and is in intensive care unit since the 15th of June 2013, during Gezi Park riots, which broke out in the summer of 2013.

To Hans Niemeyer, who is behind bars since the 30th of November 2011 accused of bombing attack on a bank in Chile.

To all protesters in the ‘NO TAV’ fight, on the mountains in northwest Italy for about 20 years, and to Nicco, Claudio, Chiara and Mattia, who were arrested for fighting against the high-speed rail line (TAV).

To Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, who were arrested for incendiary attack on El Pilar cathedral in Zaragoza, and to all direct action movement against the rising Church in Spain.

To Fallon Poisson, Amelie Pelletier and Carlos López Marín, who got arrested for an attack on the Ministry of Communication and Transportation and a dealership of Nissan motor company in Mexico on the 5th of January.

To Ilya Romanov, who was injured as a result of a hand grenade when it exploded in his hands, and arrested as suspect of attack to policemen on the 26th of October 2013.

To the imprisoned anarchists and rebels for the cases of Conspiracy Cells of Fire, Revolutionary Struggle, Kozani in Greece, and other prisoners all over the world.

To the rebels, anarchists and black blocs who participate actively in social explosions (in Egypt, Brazil, Ukraine, Bosnia and other parts of the world), and those who raise the slogans ‘insurrection, subversion, anarchy’, fight against cops and attack the exploitation institutions on the streets of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara.

To eco-warrior Marco Camenisch, imprisoned in Switzerland for more than 21 years.

We send our solidarity, love and rage to all cells of Informal Anarchist Federation who have organized informal attacks and plots all around the world, International Revolutionary Front, ITS, all cells of Phoenix Project, all cells of ELF and ALF and all lone wolves who walk around in the darkness of the night, and all comrades, rebels whose names we forget while we are writing these words.

ELF-FAI/IRF (Earth Liberation Front-Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front)