Melbourne: anarchists claim car dealership fire; cops dispute arson claim

325: Melbourne: ‘Felicity Ann Ryder Cell / FAI- IRF’ Attack Luxury Car Dealership (Australia)

Last night (Sept 2nd 2013) for the first time in living memory but definitely not the last, the flames of anarchist insurrection roared high above the toxic skies of Melbourne putting a swift end to years of local ‘activist’ and ‘social anarchist’ inactivity in this city.

At approximately 7:30PM we gained entrance to Gran Turismo Autos, a luxury car dealership on Spencer St in inner-city West Melbourne via a poorly secured rear window and placed an improvised incendiary device with timer already set under a desk in an office area adjacent to the showroom then promptly fled the building via the same window through which we gained entry.

As the target was in a high profile CBD location surrounded by surveillance cameras and many security patrols we had to get in and out of the building very quickly. We did not have either the time nor intention to leave any potentially incriminating slogans or communiques at the scene. The whole operation was completed in under 10 minutes and we were very careful in disguising our appearances so that if any CCTV footage were to be released to the spineless media by the fascist Victorian Police Force it would be next to useless for them.

Once we had securely fled the scene and safely discarded our disguises we retreated to the rooftop of an inner city housing commission tower block so we could have a nice vantage point to view the results of our handiwork.

Much excitement and pure joy-filled hatred was expressed as we watched the flames flickering in the night and the huge plume of black smoke rising into the sky. Much laughter was shared also once we saw the huge amount of fire brigade, police and emergency services vehicles in attendance, the scale of the fire exceeding even our own expectations.

No doubt this action will be condemned not just by the so-called authorities but also by members of Melbourne’s so-called ‘activist’ community, many of whom claim to be anarchists even though they shun direct actions preferring instead to participate in pathetic police-chaperoned ‘protests’ and other useless activities that achieve absolutely nothing. We will wear your condemnations with pride you traitorous inactive scum!

We dedicate this action to the fugitive Australian anarchist comrade Felicity Ann Ryder – stay free!, Angry Foxes Cell & ACAB in the UK, Free Mandylas and Tsavdaridis Cell FAI-IRF Indonesia, ELF-Indonesian Fraction, FAI-FOE Argentina, ELF Russia, the imprisoned comrades of Conspiracy Cells of Fire & Revolutionary Struggle, imprisoned AntiSec hacker Jeremy Hammond and to all imprisoned anarchist fighters throughout the dying Planet Earth!

Last nights action is only the beginning of a new phase of insurgency never before seen on the occupied continent of Australia and we are hopeful that it will inspire similar actions not just in Melbourne, but all over Australia!

The era of useless social anarchism is over, let the fire and smoke of arson usher in the new era of insurrection and insurgency!!

Felicity Ann Ryder Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation / International Revolutionary Front
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Herald Sun: Anarchists claim responsibility for fire at luxury West Melbourne car dealership, but police have doubts

Investigators do not believe a mysterious anarchist group is responsible for a fire that badly damaged a luxury car dealership in West Melbourne last night.

The group posted a statement online, on a website that the Herald Sun has chosen not to name, which said activists had broken into Gran Turismo Autos on Spencer St last night and started the fire.

“The flames of anarchist insurrection roared high above the toxic skies of Melbourne,” the group’s statement said.

But the Herald Sun understands police arson and explosives squad experts and MFB fire investigators have analysed and discounted that theory.

Det-Sen-Sgt Jeff Maher said he was aware of the group’s claims.

“But at this point in time the cause of the fire is undetermined,” he said.

“We should have some sort of result within the next day … The premises is about to be handed back to the owners.”

is unclear if the fire was an accident or deliberately lit.

About a dozen cars in the showroom were damaged in the fire, which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage.

An apparel business next door escaped the blaze but its store was flooded and their stock was damaged.

Solomon Brothers Apparel’s Andrew Cohen said about $150,000 of stock had been rendered useless by smoke and water.

But he said they were lucky their whole business had not been destroyed in the blaze.

No one was injured and MFB spokesman Norm Henderson said about 10 people had been inside and evacuated themselves.

About 50 firefighters battled the blaze, which is believed to have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Crews were called to the fire about 8.30pm and were still pumping water to the two-storey concrete and steel building more than two hours later.

Mr Henderson said the fire was contained to an office section in the building’s top floor, which was filled with files, papers and tyres.

Firefighters had difficulty accessing the area due to heavy smoke and the structural integrity of a rear wall.

A huge cloud of black smoke covered the block last night, as two ladder platforms poured water on the roof while hoses attacked the flames from multiple angles.

Dozens of curious passers-by stood around to watch.

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