Hambi Treeplanting Action in Wendland

Wendland Action

Several Trees from the endangered Hambacher Forest were planted as a show of solidarity with the Anti Nuclear struggle in Wendland which with its large scale actions and victories has inspired activists world over.
Two trees, a pine and a maple, were planted at homes of AntiCastor activists many of whom have settled in the area making it a vibrant epicenter of ecological activism.
Two oaks were placed in Meuchefitz at the site of Radical Herbalism Camp and a community complex hosting numerous activists and resources. https://herbalism.blackblogs.org/english/what-unites-us/ The camp i presently coming to an end however the next years camp is aready being planned.

The project of replainting trees from Hambi in other locations is especially important for the symbolic few trees that can be replanted from the next 500 meter strip of the forest that is scheduled to be cut in this winter cutting season. It also underlines the importance of preserving and defending genetic diversity of trees which not only sustains a larger web of life but it also the natural defense of the forest against diseases and parasites the largest of which at the moment seems to be RWE.

Tenth Blockade of Logging Equipment in Ancient Białowieża Forest

Harvester Blockaded

Early in the morning of July 18 over 20 activists from Poland and Czech Republic converged on a logging harvester and proceeded to lock-on all around the machine with pipe lockons and banners. The Forestry Department guards removed all support and media from the site attempting to take away their phones to prevent their actions from being filmed and photographed. The operator of the harvester was then instructed to keep the machine running. This continued for several hours exposing the attached activists to the risk of intentional injury, with the operator of the machine warning the activists that the machine might move uncontrolably as it runs out of fuel. Yet while being separated from the media and support group and despite the noise, heat, dripping oil and the danger, the locked-on forest defenders remained there for several hours and continued to call for immediate stopping of all the logging and for biodiversity experts to inspect the logging location. The forest guards made no attempt to remove the blockaders till finally the contractor operating the harvester agreed to seize work for the day and remove the equipment from the forest.

Białowieża Forest is the last remnant of primodial forest that once stretched across the European Plain. With its ancient trees draped in multitude of mosses, lichens and fungi it is a hotspot of biodiversity supporting the largest wild herd of European Bison, populations of Wolves, Lynx and 180 bird species, including three-toed woodpeckers and Eurasian pygmy owls.The survival of this ecosystem is at stake as large portions of BiNational Park on the Bielorussian side have been selectively logged over the years for its oldest and largest trees. Now this is extensively happening on the Polish side of the forest with over 40,000 cubic meters of lumber harvested in 2017. Bark Beetle outbreak is being used as justification for salvage logging during which the bark containing the eggs of the beetle is left on site, unafected species such as oaks are cut as well while the Polish enviromental minister Jan Szyszko, who is behind this wave of clear cutting, has set up a series of lumber shell companies involving some of his closest relatives.

Numerous international calls for immediate stop of logging included the Unesco Congress in Cracow on July 3rd adopting a resolution for immediately halt to all logging and wood extraction. This meeting and decission took place as direct actions and blockades were occuring in the forest. The govermental response was to contine logging and advocate the removal of Białowieża Forest from the International Registry of Unesco World Heritage Sites. As of July 18 the European Comission joined in condeming the logging and taking the Polish Goverment to the European Tribunal to which Minister Szyszko responded by increasing the amount of law enforcement sent to the forest.

Since May on the frontline of resistance to this lumber grab has been the Camp for the Defense of the Białowieża Forest bringing together a coalition of activists, journalist, artists and natural scientists engaging in continous series of blockades and actions. While the state and private media has engaged in a constant campaign attempting to vilify the activists resulting in harassment of forest defenders by more conservative members of the local populace while young people with backpacks are regularly stopped and searched in the area and blockaders experience waves of repression and violence. This dynamic has only underlined the importance of international support and solidarity to the Białowieża Struggle.

“Nie było nas był las, nie będzie nas będzie las.” : “The forest preceeds us and will follow us.” Has been the motto of Polish partizans fighting in the forests during World War II and even though the first part of that slogan still resonates and holds true today the second: whether the forest will remain after us, is in question and depends on the reponse this destruction will evoke in all who embrace the importance of biodiversity, biocentrism and ecojustice.

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Robber taxes of 800,000 euros: That’s how they want to liquidate the meadow and the protest camp at Hambach Forest!

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We received this letter by e-mail:

To the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and the Finance Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Dear Sirs,

… A robbing tax of 800,000 Euros, that is the heavy artillery, put into position by the tax judges and financial officials of the state of NRW, by declaring invalid the contracts for tax consultancy by me for my father’s firm as well as my invoices, and by interpreting the delivered payments herein as donations.

They are subject to a gift tax of approximately € 800,000, for which I personally have to stand with all my assets, according to § 20 Abs. 1, Satz 2 ErbStG. The resulting enforcement affects my entire assets. This way, the meadow and the protest camp on it will be eliminated at the same time.

Complaints are pending, but at the Financial Court in Cologne fair judges are not to be expected, according to the motto: „Ist der Ruf (durch Rechtsbeugung) erst ruiniert, lebt es sich ganz ungeniert.“ Once your reputation is ruined (by your perversion of justice), you can do as you please.

If things are going on this way, in this case and at the lignite mines in general, one must not be surprised about “Hamburg conditions” in the Rhenish mining area: The authorizations for the opencast pits of Hambach and Garzweiler are all unconstitutional.

According to consistent case-law of the Federal Constitutional Court, open cast lignite mining can only be approved if it serves the common good. In the opinion of the Federal Constitutional Court, however, open cast lignite mines only serve the common good and thus are only constitutional

  • if they are “used to ensure the supply of electricity” (as a capacity reserve, for example),
  • but not, if they are used beyond this safety function, for “power supply” in general (for example, in a 24-hours operation, like in the Rhenish area). According to the jurisprudence of the Federal Constitutional Court, this is unconstitutional.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I ask you for a statement and for the necessary measures in the sense of the above reasoning. The voters can not be expected to wait and to be put off until after the Bundestag election. Particularly as you personally, Mr. Prime Minister, outed yourself as a coal-friendly Prime Minister. By this statement in the last words of your maiden speech, you gave a signal in a very early stage, which is apt to raise doubts about the legal and constitutional order of your administration.

Best regards,

Kurt Claßen”

Dates of the mobilisation tour


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Meanwhile some dates of our information and mobilization tour are fixed. Please share them with people living in the respective cities!

The Hambach Forest has been occupied for five years, but it is more threatened than ever. This winter, they want to clear important parts of the forest and many tree occupations are threatened by evacuation. But our resistance will be just as massive! With numerous actions and blockades the destruction has to be stopped and we want to bring some of them closer to you. We will briefly present the forest, explain our plans for the upcoming clearing season and show you how to become active. Afterwards there will be a small climbing training for those who are interested.
Here are the tour details: more…

Blockade of the Hambach Railroad by Hambach Forest Activists

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 Blockade of the Hambach Railroad by Forest Activists

Solidarity greetings to Hamburg. While the government representatives of the G20 summit are protected by at least 20000 cops (because the ruling ones are so afraid of those they supposedly represent), we blocked the Hambach railroad by means of a tripod. Today, we have opted for the path of non-violent resistance – this does not mean that we want to reflect on attempts to divide peaceful protest from militant resistance or that we basically condemn militant counter-raids from below.

It has often been made clear why it is necessary to resist climate change and environmental destruction. Let us not enumerate the arguments here, but formulate some messages: more…