The occupied building was only recently evacuated, now it is on fire in front of the house of the former left-wing radical housing project “Liebig34”.
At least a dozen hooded people dropped several incendiary bombs on the previously occupied “Liebig 34” building in Berlin on Wednesday evening, sparking the building’s fire. The Berlin police announced. The officials had previously written on Twitter that the fire in the Friedrichshain district was considered a deliberate act. According to the report, there were three employees of a security company in the building at the time of the attack. They escaped from the flames unharmed.
According to the police, the attack took place around 9:15 PM. The attackers dropped the incendiary bombs in a fenced-in area in front of the house. A flammable device would have hit the building. House window frames and bulky trash on the sidewalk caught fire. The flames hit meters high.
The state security responsible for politically motivated crimes at the State Criminal Police Office is investigating serious arson, attempted manslaughter and serious violations of peace.
Symbol of the leftist radical scene in Berlin
The self-organized feminist house project “Liebig 34” – a symbol of the leftist radical scene in Berlin – had long been fierce arguments. It was evacuated under protest two weeks ago. At that time, 57 people had been in the building. At its peak, there were about 2,100 police officers from other states and from the federal police force.
During a demo of the scene, as a result of the evacuation and handover to the owner, despite a large police presence, violence broke out. Cars were set on fire and windows smashed.
Two years ago, a ten-year commercial lease for the residents’ association “Liebig 34” expired. In a long legal dispute, the owner who canceled the association was given the right. According to his own statements, he had not recently paid rent.