Fifteen Tesla vehicles were set on fire at a car dealership in Frankfurt, Germany, resulting in over €500,000 worth of damage. The incident occurred last night and involved a criminal act of arson. Firefighters were called to the scene and worked to extinguish the flames. A radical group of environmentalists has claimed responsibility for the attack, stating their motivation was to protest against the auto industry’s destructive practices.
The group released a letter on the Germany version of the Indymedia website, referencing their opposition to the International Auto Show (IAA) and specifically targeting Tesla. They criticized the company for its mining practices and the impact on indigenous communities. The arsonists also expressed their disapproval of Elon Musk’s efforts to colonize Mars, viewing it as a pursuit for the wealthy rather than a step towards multiplanetary life.
While the group’s concerns about ethical mining are acknowledged, their method of protest has drawn criticism. Destroying electric vehicles that could have significantly reduced CO2 emissions and potentially been recycled at the end of their lifespan is seen as counterproductive. Additionally, the group’s claims about Tesla’s involvement in contested mining projects lack clear evidence.