Today less than 100 cops, secus and several pieces of heavy equipment destroyed all the barricades protecting now more than four tree-sit occupations defending the Hambacher Forest. As a response join the Hambi defenders for tea and food on Sunday as a show of support to those rebuilding the barricades. At 2pm a non-competive bike tea,coffee and yerba mate relay race will take place through the forest taking advantage of the resurfaced roads and making sure that a passage is left for pedestrian, bike and wheelchair access and that the barricades block vehicles only as was the case for the first 2 years of the occupation.
If you can not make it please repost this call
The art placed on the trees at the cutting line last year by students from the area can now be found on the ground in a place where an impromptu art gallery and an ecosystem has been turned into a wasteland by this cutting season.
Yet even now laying on the ground it serves as a marker in a terrain which feels disorienting as if one found themselves in ruins of bombed out ecological Hiroshima or Nagasaki not being even able to recodnize their own neighborhood until finding a small and yet so significant and symbolic detail that managed to survive and mark the place that once was and now only lives on in our memories and reminds of the importance of the struggle.
Three days of action planning, workshops, networking and campaigning discussions will take place in KUZEB social center during the first weekend of February. A Hambcher Forest evening with films, presentation and Q&A will take place on Saturday. Accomodations and food will be organized for all participants.
Bremgarten, Ecke Zürcher-/Zugerstrasse
After several years of all time temperature record-breaking years it looks like this time the snow cover might stick around for more than 2-4 hours, helping all involved to stay out of the mud. “Thanks” to RWE and other fossil climate killers long gone however are minimum 2 weeks to a month of snow present every winter in the region in the 70s and 80s. A distant memory just like if it was up to the local law enforcement and court system the Meadow Camp and protest camps in general would become as well.
The efforts to justify the removal of the Meadow Camp’s status and its future eviction continue with the disinformation campaign from the court in Munster, to which this case has been appealed, releasing an official statement that “There is no anti-coal propaganda in the Meadow Camp”. Several hundred pieces of literature on environmental, climate and social impact of coal mining displayed in the infoshop and throughout the Meadow are based on scientific impact studies and personal accounts which do not fit the definition of propaganda which is traditionally what the governments engages in, using mass media, threat of repression and serious bending of reality. The Court in Munstert in doing precisely that by using such wording showing its close connection to the fossil industry and RWE. Proving its total disregard of countless studies showing their impact on the local communities and the planet at large and then insulting and denying their existence all together. When such bias and disregard is present activism and direct action becomes once again the only course thatcan be undertaken.
When images like this become part of a remote past as climate chaos rages world-wide the only way those in power who are responsible will continue this charade will be by distracting the populace with paranoia not just towards immigrants but also towards activists in general. For this reason many appeals have gone out and continue to do so to prepare for the coming Day X of planned eviction in the Meadow and/or in the Forest by offering solidarity actions and places to decompress for those involved. After all the proverbial Day X is not something that is awaited or that is coming in the future but something that is already happening world wide to countless species and humans affected by extractionism and extreme energy.
This Monday 1.17 another confrontation has taken place between Water Defenders opposing the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the cops. Rubber encased steel bullets were fired injuring several activists, tear gas was used and 14 activists were arrested. Barbed wire was removed formed into frisbies and thrown back at the cops.Several hour long standoff continued on the Backwater Bridge separating the protesters from the pipeline construction site. The pigs continued to shoot down any drones that were not their own. This repression is taking place while the Republican controlled state assembly of North Dakota is attempting to pass a new law that would make it legal to injure and even kill any pedestrians blocking a road while driving a car. This is obviously directed against Water Defenders who like many ecological activists often blockade roadways and who already have been hit and injured by idiots driving snow mobiles around the protest site. This new law would in effect allow any racist pig-headed vigilante to turn his already destructive and deadly vehicle into even deadlier and now even state sanctioned weapon. This brings up parallels of RWE’s secus also using a truck to ram, injure and then arrest a Hambi activist also with full sanction and approval of the state. Water Defenders are also currently facing Grand Juries forcing them to testify and list their comrades under a threat of imprisonment if they refuse. Regardless many have chosen not to cooperate. This resembles the cases of house searches, home visits and questioning by the german cops as experienced on many occasions by those involved in the anti-coal struggle in the Rhineland. Both are not even as much attempts to persecute as they are tools to intimidate and silence especially in the case of Water Defenders who are facing grand juries in cases dealing with repressive police tactics and their use of force resulting in activist’s injuries. The parallels and similiarities between the two movements come to an end however when one takes into account that none of us in the Rhineland has had to dealt with 400 years of colonialism, genocide and continuing state sanctioned racism and exploitation and its aftermath, 4-5 to 11 years maybe but not 400. Neither are any of us eposed to daily barages of rubber bullets, armored personell carriers and water cannons in freezing weather. In the case of Rhineland and RWE in particular the bullets _are_ flying but they are being shot by right wing hit squads aka crooked cops in places like Columbia against those who refuse to move from their homes to make way for RWE’s coal mines there, the gas is not tear gas but giga-tons of climate killing carbon affecting the global poor in the south of the planet the most, oh yeah there is even freezing water involved as well as antarctic ice shelves turn into mush and slide into the ocean and as the northern ice cover diminishes to the lowest levels ever recorded. Flooding hundreds of millions in Bangladesh, through out the Indian Ocean and beyond. Proving that RWE is just as racist and reactionary in its modus operandi as the rest of its Fossil Fool(Fuel) industry cohorts.
Therefore the only justice possible and attainable here will never originate from any of the capitalist courts which are now in a never-ending state of emergency and a mad race to out due each other with ever expanding arsenal of surveillance, repression and torture to protect the profits of their corporate masters. In a time of global ecological and social collapse the only justice that is possible is a justice attained by the struggle of resistance based on solidarity and unity of struggles such as the one in Rhineland, Standing Rock and countless others around the planet which are standing and fighting against the forces of greed, destruction and death.
In Solidarity with Standing Rock, and all others who are active in the Strugle….
Hambach Forest Defender
This years events related to the Hambacher Forest and Climate Justice at large struggles include: Tour de France passing by Garzweiler Mine in July and COP 23 taking place in Bonn in November.
21st. City of Essen, the location of RWE headquarters, is awarded the title of the greenest city in Europe, this will take place with numerous coal industry sponsorships.
21st. Demo against Green Week, Berlin 12:00 Potsdamer Platz
23rd. 19:00 Anti-Coal Meeting: AlleWelt Haus Cologne
27th. Carnival in Cologne with left political parade groups participating
12-31 Climate Fest in Cologne coinciding with Global Break Free from Fossil Fuels Week
RWE shareholders meeting
5-13 Global Divest from Fossil Fuels(Fools) Week
25th. Anti-Atom Action Achen
2nd. Tour de France passes by the Garzweiler Coal Mine
24th-29th Action Week/Clima Camp
COP23 Bonn + ende galende at cop 23
At noon this Sunday a Red Card for RWE action will start at the parking lot and grill platz at the entrance to the forest outside of Buir . Please bring red cards, signs, costumes, flags etc and rubber or hiking boots. The walk will be led by Michael Sobel forest guide with background given on the history of the forest and the struggle. Lets giving RWE red card for additional 500 meters of the forest cut this season be the starting point for the response to this ecological disaster.
Koelner Verkehrs-Betriebe, Cologne’s Municipal Transportation Authority, intends to cut down trees in 2 neighbourhood parks and among the Bonner Strasse to make way for a light rail project. Light rail unlike trams can not stop on a street but calls for elevated platforms and does not use existing road surface. Instead it causes massive neighbourhood destruction by the need to construct dedicated rail tracks, demolishing the already existing roads, tree-lines, side walks and historical buildings. It is an example of green-washed unsustainable mega projects. Initial estimate of construction was put at 500 million however over the first 2 years of its construction the cost have ballooned to over 3 billion while still not being in service.
This profit driven project focuses also on car traffic expansion and will result in a further pollution, CO₂ emissions and gentrification in this now largely working class neighbourhood.
A call goes out to all in the Cologne urban area and beyond to fight this concrete and asphalt based attack on the remaining urban green areas.
Stop by and support every Tuesday between 15:00 and 17:00 at the Vigil (Mahnwache) and info stand at Schönhauser Str. and Bonner Str. and on Thursday at 19:00 for a planning meeting at Restaurant Oratio on the corner of Mannsfelder Str. and Brühler Str.
4 day warning has to be given before these trees will be felled.
More info on http://www.nabis.de/artikel/ubahn-25.html
found on 325.nostate.net
This new years night while everybody was celebrating, we had a special party of our own, visiting the hambach opencast mine and putting on a nice fireworks display for RWE and breaking some glass for a lucky new fear.
After wandering along the railway tracks which transport brown coal from the mine to nearby power stations, we came across two signal boxes and a bundle of cables and thought these were perfectly suitable targets for our mischevious intentions.
We opened the boxes with a wide chisel and placed inside 10cm lengths of inner tube stuffed with gasoline soaked cloths then smeared the inside of the boxes with burning gel to make sure it all burnt properly.
We thought the party was over, but then on the way back we noticed some welcoming lights from an office trailer in a fenced compound. Next to the trailer were two parked diggers in dire need of maintenance, we checked the trailer was empty by smashing its windows, then cut the fence and set about immediately improving the air conditioning of the diggers, smashing their windows, cutting all of the hydraulics and adding some extra holes to the coolers. We also poured some dirt and broken glass in the gas tanks and used a bolt cutter to cut the valves of the trailers tires.
200m further, we found a front-end loader and gave it the same treatment as well as emptying the fire extinguisher found inside the cab into its gas tank.
According to the media reports all of this caused a damage of “tens of thousands” of euros, making it our most expensive new years party so far.
We wish to send our thanks to all the people who provided us with perfect sound cover by wasting huge amounts of explosives, terrifying the local wildlife in a stupid capitalist ritual.
– Criminal Mechanics Party
On the night of the 5th of January I paid a visit to the Hambach open cast browncoal mine close to Aachen. My goal was to destroy the railroad tracks with a load of thermite I stole from an other industrial company.
Thermite burns around 2500 degrees celcius, and the steel of the tracks melts around 1500 degrees celcius, so the thermite does a lot of damage when ignited properly.
I chose the location so it would hurt them most, at the part where the train can switch to the other track since this part is one of a kind and they have to make a new one on site.When I got there I set everything up after checking the target and my escape root, the termite I put in 2 plant pots with holes in the bottoms to guide the molten mixture to the right place. The stuff is easy to ignite with sparklers, which you can get anywhere around new years, but to be sure it all went up I put around 20 in each spot. I placed the device and set it ablaze.
Just in the moment I lighted the 2nd one I saw the headlights of a train coming my way. I had plenty of time to get some space between me and the molten mixture and watch the train driving into one of the pots. The tracks and front wheel were covered in the burning thermite and making a repetitive noise of the wheels hitting the damaged spot.
After one last look at this spectacle I got my ass out of there.
Piromane against RWE.
–found on earthfirstjournal.org–