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Police violence will be systematically investigated

Der Rechtsstaat schreitet ein
The rule of law takes steps

This autumn, many people have realized what meanwhile provokes in the Hambach Forest a weary nod: the police (and their brothers and sisters in arms working directly for RWE) can do whatever they want. These are not slip-ups of sadists, it obviously has system. Should others and we ourselves be deterred from doing more than “just” protesting? Should violent ecoterrorists be bred? We can not look into their heads.
So many people have come a little naively into the forest with the intention of using their democratic right to demonstrate, who now lost all faith in the rule of law, due to repression. more…

Support anti-coal protestors in the UK!

8 Pont Valley protectors appeared in Court and were found guilty for standing up against the coal industry and attempting to stop a new opencast coal mine from opening in the UK.
They have been charged with obstruction of the Highway or of police officers and have received fines of over £8200.

Over the last 6 months, protectors have occupied the site, taken a series of direct actions and are now prosecuting the coal company for wildlife crime.
Meanwhile, in this exceptionally harsh ruling, the judge made clear which side the legal system is on – protecting corporate profits over ecological and human health!

Support this brave, necessary and legitimate action against coal mining and climate chaos! Donate money to help pay the fine and spread the word!

https://chuffed.org/project/support-anti-coal-protectors/

More info on:
protectpontvalley.noblogs.org
Facebook: Campaign to Protect Pont Valley
twitter: @PontValleyCamp

 

Speech at the forest walk

During the last two forest walks (Nov. 10 in Keyenberg, Nov. 11 in Hambi) last weekend, the text below was read out. It was written by a group of people from the forest and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the entire occupation.

The open pit Hambach progresses tirelessly and destroys habitat in favor of the production of electricity, which in large part in the industry in turn drives the destruction of habitat here and elsewhere. This destruction takes place both directly through the excavator buckets, which here and now take the habitat from humans and animals, and indirectly as the largest CO2 polluter in Europe and the resulting climate change.

The coal exit still remains manual work more…

Addendum to yesterday’s excavator occupation in Garzweiler

The statement below was sent to us

11/13/2018 Addendum to yesterday’s occupation of an excavator at the bottom level of the open pit mine Garzweiler II
By one of the participants.

First of all: Yes, the excavator was standing still during our occupation, but half an hour before it was still runnung and we assumed, that it was only a brief stop to shift change. As long as RWE does not publish its maintenance plans, this is unavoidable, so come on with the maintenance plans!
The operation was still disturbed anyway, because the work had to be cancelled and must be made up, also the parts of the excavator on which we were locked had to be cut with an angle grinder, which means additional maintenance works 😉

Some more words about the eviction
We are very surprised by the brutality with which most of the RWE employees met us before the police arrived. While more…

4 Acquittals in the Hambi9 Trial

Today, on November 13, 2018, the Hambi9 who were arrested in the district of Düren were brought before the local court. After about 5 hours the verdict was spoken: acquittal for all defendants.

The charge: resistance to law enforcement officers. The Hambi9 were arrested during a police action in which “escape routes were cleared of barricades”. Some had been carried away, others had refused to come down from tripods etc.. But no useless attempts were made by the defendants to defend themselves actively against their arrest.
For the defendants UP4 & UP6, both prosecutor and defense pleaded for acquittal. On the other hand, in UP5 & UP9 the attorney had demanded a sentence of 50 daily sentences a 12 Euro. The deadline for appeal is one week.

More info https://abcrhineland.blackblogs.org/

Remember:

Hambi9 – The History at a Glance

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Why we do not want to have police in the forest

During last forest walk (11/11/2018), two police officers participated. Constant calls and transpis made these contact officers realize that they had no business in the forest and then they went away towards the end of the walk.

What it means to people when police are in the forest can be difficult to understand for many people who have not had much to deal with police and were not involved in the evictions. For weeks the forest was besieged by hundertschaft-units (Units of the federal security alert police of about hundred officers), SEK, eviction tanks. Week-long eviction, that means sleep deprivation for many nights, psychological pressure and stress, to see how your friends are beaten up and the destruction of your home. This psycho terror by the police in recent months had traumatic consequences for many people. The Hambach Forest was and is a living space for many people, above all, a free space, which it is no longer, when police are walking by the forest.

Today there were many small rounds in which the topic “police in the forest” was discussed energetically and emotionally. Since many participators in the forest walk could not understand why we react this way, we want to make it clear once again, since today it was not really the right place nor enough tranquility for a detailed discussion of the topic. more…

Expression of Thanks by the Meyn Family

Steffen Meyn ∗ September 11th, 1991 – † September 19th 2018

You are always where we are!
Our heart is filled with the love
you shared with us.
We smile, are happy and thankful,
because you lived with us.
Our eyes see all that you left behind.
We do what you would have wanted:
Opening our eyes, loving, smiling, carrying on.
Encountering with esteem and respect
the humans, the animals, the nature.
Preserving the creation, responsibly
dealing with the environment, with Mother Earth and that we
represent our values with love, courage, strength, stamina and
steadfastly with God’s help.
In our hearts you are living on, your doing, your being.
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Demo Against the swing to the right and state repression

Two trials against anti-fascist / anti-racist activists will soon take place in Aachen. We call for a solidary accompaniment of the processes and a demo against the shift to the right and repression. The dates at a glance

One trial will take place following the events in the Frankenberger Viertel in March 2017. There was a quarrel with two organized neo-Nazis. Shortly thereafter, two people were arrested, they were accused of civil disorder and bodily injury. The public prosecutor’s office promptly fantasized about the danger of absconding and put the two on remand for more than two weeks. Now they are charged. more…