Progressing climate, social and ecological breakdown is pulling the rest of society and western civilization down into a downward spiral of militarized “creeping fascism” disaster-capitalism. This dynamic is seen nowhere better than on the front-line of green resistance against extractionism here in Hambach Forest. It is reflected by the treatment of our comrades who have been automatically imprisoned for blockading RWE deforestation and for choosing to stay anonymous. Instead of being given a mere illusion and pretense of “fair trial” instead show the true ugly face of repression and the spectacle that the co-option of local politicians and police by coal extractionism has made of the legal system. Legal System automatically locking people up for two 3 months pending trial, cut them off from mail, not give the defense access to the “evidence” against them. All of this is not possible to justify without also a massive “Green Scare” media campaign in which people defending the forests and the Planet’s climate from collapse become criminals and terrorists, where firecrackers become dangerous pyrotechnics and using one amounts to assaulting the police when thousands of our comrades are directly attacked and hundreds severely injured in places like ZAD by high explosive concussion grenades. When hundreds more are murdered by on and off-duty police, and hit-squads working for extractionists mining interests around the world.
Compared to our comrades in the global south and even France we still represent privilege, privilege that is countered with politicization and radicalization of many of us who see how ridiculous and repressive the Extractionist RWE(and others) Climate Chaos Machine is becoming.
As many of the UPs from the original Hambi9, Hambi4, UP IV and UP III (yes do to exponentially increasing number of Hambi prisoners we had to start using Roman Numerals) are now on the outside it is becoming obvious how deep and how much of a run-away effect there is just like with the Climate with the dynamic of “Green Scare” Repression.
The prisoners now are not just denied access to the evidence against them preventing appeals of their imprisonment, in order to break them down psychologically are denied simple elemental essentials like shoes, with UP IV being barefoot for over 2 weeks, no vegan food or even margarine for over a week. Then there is the cutting of mail, there is certain items that are officially forbidden, ie maps that could be used for escape, anything calling for insurrectionist destruction of prisons etc, but those items are not what concerns the prison officials, what is especially withheld is texts on prison issues: prisoner advocacy, support, prison privatization, US industrial Prison complex, War on Drugs etc.. Those texts are not even withheld and given back upon release as specified by their own regulations but taken, stolen, destroyed and dissapeared. Symbolizing how it is not just Climate Killing corporations, like RWE, that are becoming the new untouchables of the Climate Disasterism but so is the repressive apparatus that supports them and represses activists that stand up to their corporate masters.
Another tactic that is being employed attempting to psychologically repress and also divide the prisoners is that some prisoners are given access to each other while others are isolated, some are given mail while others like UP IV recently released was not given any mail except 2 letters for over a month. UP IV also presented a proof of their employment showing that they had a permanent place where they could be found pending trial, dismissing the argument of pre-trial detention. Which is bogus to begin with as all of Hambi activists even while remaining anonymous have always showed up for our trials to make a political statement. So in the case of UP IV that written evidence was dismissed by the judge without verifying it with a single phone call as fraudulent and only on an apeal to a higher court was it acted on and after a month of detention was pre-trial release granted.
This incident shows how complacent and co-opted the local courts are to RWE destruction of local communities, ecosystems and the Planets Climate at large by the local municipalities being heavily invested in failing RWE, how local politicians, press and the police are openly on the pay of the same and how their only way to attempt to not just erode our wide popular support but also distract from their own complicity and guilt in making the whole planet unlivable for the future generations is to point a finger and redirect attention at the climate-justice activists the Hambi resistors and animal rights activists. The erosion of illusion of any due process will continue the prisoners of this and other struggle will continue to be repress more and more unless resistance and support is given on that front as well. New laws are being put in place as this is written to expand police powers in Germany even more and the treatment of Hambi prisoners is becoming their new testing area of what they can get away with. With none of the power that is taken ever being given back willfully once again this fight is not just for our inter-specie comrades for the local communities and the whole planet, it is a fight for our lives for a reality that is not just free of extreme weather years full of unprecedented wild fires and super hurricanes, droughts and unprecedented waves of climate refugees. It is a fight from an onset of another ultra repressive reality of neo-liberal fascism that uses the disaster of their own making to blame others intercept more power than ever as it utilizes new technologies of surveillance and propaganda that like newspapers and radio made the last defeated fascist regimes possible.
Capitalism in its constant drive to comodify and extract everything approaches “hearts and minds” as just another resource to be co-opted and exploited, and that is another realm like that of ecosystems and local communities where we have to counter its assault of disinformation and propaganda with the message of climate-justice of radical sustainability and “degrowth” of not just consumption and extractionsims but of repression, militarism and seizure of recently unprecedented powers that goes hand in hand with capitalist planetary destruction.
Lets stand up to this Shit in Hambacher Forest now and especially in October and following now imminent evictions, in ZAD in Pont Valley in Trebur Wald and in countless South struggles who are not so privileged and listen to their stories as their everyday reality is the reality that progressively is becoming our own.
For Hambi, For Zad for Pont Valley for the Eearth!!