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The German Tesla plant fire is claimed by far-left ‘Volcano Group’

A stop sign stands near the Tesla logo at the Tesla factory on July 17th, 2023, near Gruenheide, Germany.
Tesla’s Gigafactory has been targeted by environmental activists who oppose plans to expand the facility. | Photo by Sean Gallup / Getty Images

A group of left-wing extremists has claimed responsibility for the suspected arson attack that shut down the Tesla Gigafactory outside of Berlin on Tuesday.

The group, which calls itself “Vulkangruppe Tesla Abschalten” (also known as “Vulcan Group” or “Volcano Group”), said in a statement posted to that it aimed to cause “the largest possible blackout of the Gigafactory,” citing environmental and labor concerns as motivations behind the attack. (Google Translate was used to translate the letter from German to English. All quotes in this article are from that translation.)

Production was halted at the factory after the attack on a nearby electricity pylon cut power to the facility. Reuters reports that production isn’t…

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