Several people have been arrested after French police raid alleged Antifa headquarter that was used to make explosive devices. The raid took place in the Paris suburb of Bagnolet.
Police discovered dozens of molotov cocktails inside the Antifa building and firework mortars.
Inside the building were found graffiti stating “Welcome to our Paris HQ Antifa75”. Other messages that were found were radical, violent anti-police slogans.
In total, four people have been arrested and all are set to be charged with “participation in a group with a view to committing violence and making explosive devices”.
Among the four arrested was a 30 year old man and a 29 year old woman. The 30 year old man is known to the police from before for violence. They offered no resistence during their arrest.
This is not the first time that far-left extremists have been involved with explosives in Europe.
Last year a Swedish right-wing politican’s house was bombed, reportedly by far-left Antifa extremists. The politician and his 3 kids were inside the house when the attack took place.
Also in Sweden, a far-left extremist was arrested after 2 bombs were found in Gothenburg, including near a police station.
Looking at statistics, in 2017, German police registered 1 130 politically motivated violent acts from far-right extremists, and even more, 1 967 violent acts from far-left extremists.
According to Europol, there was a total number of 27 terrorist attacks committed by left-wing violent extremists in 2016.
In 2018, the office to the right-wing Lega party was bombed by far-left extremists. Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is the leader of the Lega party.