Around a hundred animal liberation activists gathered for a week of skillsharing in the Hambach Forest in Germany.
On Monday 15th of March, activists hung a banner on a bridge of A4 highway close to Buir train station.
The banner read “animal liberation” in multiple languages.
“We dropped this banner in German Catalan Arabic French English Spanish Basque Polish Welsh to send an international message. We wanted to raise awareness to people on their daily commute to work that animal oppression is happening worldwide on an overwhelming scale, and only WE have the power to stop it.” said Skirma, an animal liberation activist from Lithuania. She came to the Hambach Forest to share and gather knowledge on how to best bring the movement forward and end animal oppression. more…
3/20: 2 of the 3 persons arrested in the forest yesterday and the person arrested near Buir are still imprisoned. One person gave the identity and is free.
On early Monday morning, cops arrived close to the forest to evict Goblin town, a tunnel dug close to the one of the entrances of the forest.
7:11 cops have run after activists into the forest in the direction of Oaktown.
7:20 Cops at the entrance of Oaktown.
7:45 2 persons have been arrested near Oaktown.
8:08 Goblintown is filled with concrete.
8:12 About 150 cops near Goblintown and Oaktown
8:40 In all, 3 persons have been arrested
9:16 Eviction between Jesus point and North
9:27 Come for support to Gesa (in the police HQ), Aachen.
11:40 Police leave the forest. Police now at Buir Station.
Conclusion: A fourth person was arrested at the Buir motorway bridge, allegedly found in pyrotechnics. For all four, there will be the judge’s report tomorrow (time will be announced). Responsible is Kerpen again.
Update: Continuation on 03/21/2018 Police in the Forest again
There is very high possibility of attempts to evict the The Pont Valley Protection Camp this week which like other Fracking Site protests, blockades and autonomous land occupations in England is facing the use of the Common Law Eviction, also known as “Owners Right to Self-Help” allowing the corporations involved and the property owners leasing to them to employ Bailiffs and private security to evict activists without court proceedings or much of a warning. This is done by showing up at the site issuing a warning and then after couple hours proceeding to remove the occupiers. In this type of eviction the Police does not get involved and does not assist and no arrests are made as long as bailiffs are not physically fought. That is why legal observers and videographers are important on the scene. Also neither bailiffs nor security is trained or insured for lock-on, tripod,or tree removal. They also count on low numbers of resistors as if there is more people it is possible to resist their removal from the Site.
So please spread the word if you can not show up and support the Pont Valley struggle in person. If you can, pack your backpack and head over to the camp located outside of Dipton, near Newcastle.
Many of us would like to extend a warm welcome back to the Forest and the world outside of the walls to 3 of our recently released comrades. YOU WERE AWESOME, THANK YOU!!!
Also even though they are out please remember that effects of incarceration and being imprisoned affect people very often for their whole lives. Please offer them support in adjusting and time afterwards to make sure they are ok. Being on the “inside” can make it is easier to view everything in terms of Us vs Them struggle and to idolise the movement. more…
Update March 16th: Yesterday’s trial of Hambi4 has been even less transparent than usual, with defense being very limited in access to “evidence”. The UP2 (prison and correspondence name: Foot) who for last 2 months has been kept in isolation from other prisoners has been kept in prison while others have been released. Keeping one person, or a group on the same charges while releasing others is a classic repression tactic, let’s respond then with more unity and solidarity and unity by focusing prison support and letter writing on supporting Foot. One is too many! Over 30 people blocked the courtroom and police transport vans yesterday demanding to be able to talk to UP2 before being taken to jail and only unblocked when it was agreed to.
We wish the “unknown person 2” all the best and hope to see them soon in freedom and in the #HambacherForst again. more…
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Tomorrow at 7:00 pm Hambach Forest and #FreeHambi4 Solidarity event will be held at Freedom Books, London. It will include a presentation, documentary screening, an exhibit of photos and prisoner solidarity art with prisoner letter writing and a vegan dinner. Please help us spread info to people in the region as obviously this is a last moment event. Short update from Pont Valley protection camp will also be given.
Freedom Books is located right outside Aldgate, before White Chapel, tube station. Located in a passage on the side of White Chapel Art Gallery.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, 11:30 next to the Hambach Forest
We have something to CELEBRATE!!
- Date / time March 15, 2018 @ 2 pm
- Place 1st floor room 1.08
Amtsgericht (District Court), Nordring 2, 50171 Kerpen (Open Street Map)
From railway station Sindorf: Bus 922 or 966 until bus stop “Abzweig Mödrath”
- Meeting Point 1:30 pm in front of the court
Come and support in great numbers.
Also all forms of support and solidarity from others who can not make it would be constantly appreciated especially as: The Four presently are being put on lock-down with their whole cellblock and not allowed to go outside for the only 1 hour in fresh air when they can walk around during the so called freistunde “free hour” anytime there is a solidarity demonstration outside, which recently has been very often. They are however able to hear the people outside and that has constantly brought their spirits up. This is also another proof of how prisons functioning as solely a repressive apparatus as officially putting a whole cell block under lock-down is to be done for “security” reasons and not as a punishment. Are people with drums and megaphones likely to break prisoners out? You decide. In reality it is also a form of collective punishment in which especially any right wing and neonatzis that might be in the same block as The 4 might extend threats towards the Hambi4 for being the “cause” of their “privileges” being taken away. So besides attempt to punish it is also attempt to set prisoners against each other.
So please keep writing and reading the ABC Rhineland blog as there is no guarantees that their trial will result in their release.
Join us this Tuesday for a Hambach Forest Struggle Solidarity Evening in Hull, located in Manchester Area. Evening will include presentation, documentary screening, prisoner solidarity letter writing followed by music by the Improvisers Circle and Rave Machine. There will also be vegan food for those not just hungering for climate justice and freedom for Hambi4.
60 Beverley Road, Hull, HU3 1YE