FRACKANPADA, 13.-19. July 2015

FRACKANPADA an international Anti-Fracking Camp, 13-19 July 2015 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque country

FRACKANPADA an international Anti-Fracking Camp, 13-19 July 2015 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque country

This summer European anti-fracking movements are mobilising for action against fracking in Basque Country – close to the Spanish-French border, 500 km west of Barcelona. Anti-fracking collectives from several countries are calling on activists from across Europe to gather near Gasteiz-Vitoria for a week-long Frackanpada camp with actions and skill-sharing to organise our struggles in defense of the land, for social justice and for a sustainable society as well as developing our resistance against fossil fuel extraction and the underlying system of corporate profit and state evictions and repression.

The camp will bring together the people involved in the struggle against fracking from all corners of Europe, to share experiences and exchange skills; to put into practice participatory ways of social organising and visions of just alternatives; and to take action to expose and halt the practice of fracking. There will be a wide range of activities for everyone, from workshops and talks to films, activities for children and skill-shares. We want to learn about fracking, and share skills for resisting this industry from groups all over Europe and further afield, we also want to connect this struggle to other struggles against climate change, fossil fuel extraction, social injustice and other threats that our communities face. An open call for the camp’s programme is online and inviting proposals.

The location of the camp has strong symbolic meaning as a spot with plans for fracking. The camp is right next to a former drilling site which they want to expand for shale gas extraction. Frackanpada has the support from inhabitants of the nearby village, that allowed us to camp on their land. Local activists are clear that now is the time to re-escalate action in the region “The more numerous we are, the more it will cost them”.

Only together we can stop and resist their plans. It’s time to stop their nonsense. It’s time for action! No fracking here nor anywhere!

There will be a carpool. Send a mail to hfb-carpool _ if you have a car and/or want to join!

Moro Info:
Contact: frackanpada _

Eviction in the forest? (Update)

First published on the German Blog on 27th of May.

This morning more than 100 Cops entered the forest (with technical- and climbing unit). At about 9:40 am they arrived at the pirate ship, which is a quite new living barricade at the entrance of the forest at the old motorway exit.
The cops came with diggers, wheel loaders and lifting ramps. The pirate ship was evicted and by now four persons are arrested. Afterwards they evicted another few barricades on the way to Oaktown (which is one of the treehouse-occupations). By now it looks like the police is retreating – but we cannot be certain at the moment – this is not an „all-clear“! More updates will follow.

Update: The technical units have retreated from the forest – but there still seem to be up to 7 police vans parked at the edge of the forest.

Due to information from the police Kerpen the four captives are now being brought to the main police station in Cologne (Kalk).

Update: 3:50 pm – We just got the information that the first person is free! Strengh to the persons who are still imprisoned and to the supporters on-site.

Update: The 7 police cars rode off at about 2 pm.

These are some photos of the police action:

Das Piratenschiff wird geräumt.
Das Piratenschiff wird geräumt

Picknick nach der Räumung

Press release: Partial eviction in the Hambach Forest.

First published on the German Blog on 27th of May.

On wednesday morning at about 9:40 am a living barricade in the Hambach Forest was evicted. Four persons were arrested and are still imprisoned in the main police station of Cologne. The Hambach Forest is occupied by environmental activists, in order to hinder the forest clearing executed by energy monopolist RWE for the exploitation of brown coal. To protect their treehouses from evictions, occupants have barricaded forest tracks. For the same reason an inhabited barricade is permanently occupied. The police operation in the forest is finished since around 2 pm.

Correction: There seem to have been only three arrests. But it is impossible to say anything precisely until the arrested people are free – unless the police would allow them their legal right to make phonecalls.