Hambach Forest and the surrounding area has been declared a dangerzone by the police Aachen, apparently because of crimes and “massive attacks” on police officers.
This allows them to conduct ID control on anyone as well as search all people and vehicles.
People caught without ID on them have mostly been sent to the police station to find or confirm their identity.
The cops have been controlling everyone they can, taking peoples property, including climbing materials, generally being annoying.
Don’t let their repression get us down. Come to save the Hambi and set a sign against this fatal dependence on fossil fuels.
In the last few days we were asked again and again whether the Skillsharing camp will take place, despite the impending eviction. And of course the answer is yes! No matter if and which structures are evicted, we will find a place either in the Hambi or in the vicinity and make sure that there is a great skill share! And to show that we are not going to let the repression organs spoil our events, we’ll put in some more days.
The Skillshare-Camp will be opened on the evening of 09/22 and go until 10/03.
Some frequently asked questions
Some background info
In the course of militarized assault on the meadow on August 28, an activist from the forest was taken down off the kitchen roof after updating the outside on the situation in the meadow and arrested He was taken to the police HQ in Aachen, where he was identified. It was found that there is still an outstanding fines for previous accusations resulting out of actions in the Hambach Forest. The police therefore threatened with a sentence of 150 days jail. The daily rates were advanced by a solidarity private person who is no financial standing to cover the costs long term. As fines are an attempt to drain financial resources of the movement please help us gather funds to at least partially repay this sum. We ask you to carry together this penalty of 1500 € (10 € x 150 days) ! Please participate in this donation call. No JUStice – no peace! more…
After the destruction of a large part of the meadow occupation by the police we call for a demo against state arbitrariness and for the preservation of Hambach Forest.
On Tuesday, the police brutally cleared the meadow camp, destroyed several buildings, stole water, tools and other infrastructure, and did not stop at personal items such as tents, sleeping bags, and cameras.
All those present in the meadow were given a sending-off – and this on a private property and without the owner of the meadow being informed. 15 people were arbitrarily arrested and access to the meadow and the publicly accessible forest was denied all day long. That is completely disproportionate!
The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is trying to criminalize the resistance and to wear it down, because the meadow camp is an important infrastructure of resistance in the Hambach Forest.
But we will not accept that! We will not let that stop us!
Together, we will vigorously move with many in a demonstration to the meadow and protest for the preservation of Hambach forest and thus for climate justice.
Together we will prevent the clearing and save the Hambach forest!
Place: Buir Railway station (Open Street Map)
Time: 5:00 pm meeting point, 5:30 Start of the demo
Final rally: about 6:30
Following the demonstration, there will be food in the meadow camp and this way the meadow will be revived collectively.
It is serious, the evacuation of the Hambach Forest occupation is approaching daily.
For three days now there is permanent police force in the wood. The police has meanwhile cleared all access roads and has already provided heavy machinery in the surrounding villages (water cannons, eviction tanks, etc, …)
But it is not over yet! Not one tree was cut until now and with your help it will stay that way. Day X has not arrived yet, but the overall situation will challenge the power of the activists, so your support is more important than ever.
Every person who comes to us empowers us to fight.
Let’s defend the Hambach Forest! Now!
Today, on 28/08/2018, there are partial evictions in the meadow camp of the Hambach Forest occupation as consequence of a search. The purpose of this search is to provide evidence of past actions and to seize items to carry out further actions.
As part of this mission, which began at 7:20 clock, there were over 30 sending-offs and also some arrests.
As a result of the five-day long police operation, the Hambach Forest has now been declared a danger area, ie. no people are being let in right now.
We strongly condemn the escalating actions of the police. The violence emanating from the police is in no way de-escalating, and the destruction of livelihood with the legitimation of confiscation of dangerous objects is unacceptable.
The Press Group
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Alarm massive police assault on Meadow!!! Thousands of cops. Police are evicting people off the roof of the kitchen and searching the camp. At least 20 people have been arrested, support needed.
See twitter @HambiBleibt and @Oaktown1312 for up to date info in English and German.
We want to invite you to the Skillsharing Camp in Hambach Forest again. In advance, we are going to answer some frequently asked questions, this time with the kind support of the state government of NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia, the German federal state in which the forest is).
(check also twitter @HambiBleibt @Oaktown1312 )
12:46 Clearing stop until October 14th. Due to the complaint of B.U.N.D., RWE must wait with the deforesting.
12:40 End of today’s police campaign. Police and RWE withdraw from the Forest.
12:01 Police left Gallien and probably Oaktown too, probably due to the rain.
11:50 Day X was called, because the first trees have been felled. Many people will take action now. more…
some of us met the musicians and activists from Rising Appalachia on one of their concerts in Germany. They dedicated two songs to us and invited us to speak about the Occupation and the upcomming eviction.
You can see their solidarity statement here oder here: https://youtu.be/tayBRu2Q6Z4
In their song Resilient which they wrote for activists around the world they sing: bring down the system to it’s knees; in Occupy they sing: Occupy the front lines, when it’s time step up to fight
Let’s spread the word, lend your hearts and lend your hands