News Ticker September 25 and later

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October 1st

20:47 Meanwhile Ghost Town is encircled by four floodlights and two eviction tanks.
20:00 A parliamentary observer is on the way to Ghost Town.
18:52 Press come to Ghost Town, please! Police do not let in water, bottles are emptied in front of the occupants and thrown into the forest. Officer in charge: Who wants to drink must first get out, behind the barrier tape.
17:00 The RWE action is over and people are coming back to the meadow again.
16:11 RWE is causing massive destruction on the meadow.
15:50 In Ghost-Town peace has returned. more…

Press release 24/09/18

EVICTION CONTINUES, OAKTOWN REOCCUPIED, COAL-TRAIN BLOCKED

As expected, the massive eviction of the occupations inside the 12,000 years old Hambach Forest continued today.

Less than a week since the tragic accident, and the resulting death of our dear comrade, and despite the interior-minister of NRW Herbert Reul (CDU) promising “calm days”, the police has been constantly present ever since, and continued their violent destruction of the climate-justice protest camps inside the occupied forest. more…

Current information on the Skillsharing camp

InvitationAs you’ve probably heard, we’re in quite a mess right now. Among other things, the police just regularly does not let people into the forest or to the lawn. But that does NOT stop us from hosting our bi-annual Skillshare Camp.

Events and concerts will take place this year at the “Save the Forest – Protect the Climate – Camp”, also known as the “Hambi-Camp-Manheim”. There are also sleeping places available. A big thank you from us to this camp! Solidarity is a Weapon!
Maps more…

Response to The Tragic Death of Our Comrade

When not just one but millions of lives are taken by coal particulates, climate change and repression, even to those proactively resisting those destructive and deadly dynamics those lives seem rather distant as if an important but almost as if a statistic. It is a different matter altogether when that life that perishes is one of one that you have known, shared meals and stood on the front-line with.  more…

Wellness for Hambii

Hello hello!
The last days and weeks have been very exhausting for many people in the occupation. In both ways physically and psychologically. Due to that, there‘s the wish of receiving some wellness care, for example meditation, a nice massage, doing yoga, or receiving psychological support. Whatever you feel like is doing good, people would be really happy if you came by for sharing it. After the forest walk we can meet in the forest.
Thank you.
See you tomorrow!

Beyond coal

During this last time, the mediatic attention to the Hambacher Forst occupation has massively increased. We’ve been appearing on news all over the world, but there is some important detail that casually most part of the media seems to forget, so we are gonna have to make it clear (again): the problem is much larger than this forest getting cut and this coal mine being active. The problem is larger than every forest getting cut and every mine destroying Earth. The problem is capitalism. And this is the message that the media has been taking away from us.

You can live a cute easy life, sign petitions, buy stuff on the biomarket, close the sink while you are brushing your teeth and turn off all lights to don’t waste electricity, and, don’t get us wrong, that’s okay, but as long as we live on a system that needs infinite growth on a world that has limited resources, that’s not gonna stop enviromental destruction.

We need an anticapitalist view of ecologism.
We need an ecologist view of anticapitalism.
We need to see beyond coal.
And we need you all to make an step farther to stop climate change, to make an step farther to destroy capitalism.

If it’s not you, who?
If it’s not now, when?

Declaration from the canopy following yesterday’s events (Thu, Sep 20th)

(Statement from one person in the forest, not from the whole movement.)

Throughout a history of relentless and brutal police interventions, those occupying Hambacher Wald in opposition to RWE’s ecological devastation and structural violence, have been forced to seek recourse in even more inventive methods of non-violent resistance, often putting their own safety at risk.
Over the years many of us have been physically violated, persecuted and put in jail for defending life in Hambacher Wald and beyond. Incessantly the police has chased us down – in this fatal instance in a tragically literal sense.
Even if no direct causation can be established between police activities and Stefan’s lethal fall, throughout the current police operation a series of life-threatening interventions have been observed, such as the cutting of traverserses with people in them and – Germany, what?! – the emission of carbon monoxide in a subterranean chamber.
How many more broken bones do we need, how many more fatalities, until we will collectively open our eyes to the reality of police violence, to the role of the police in perpetuating mass-destructive corporations structural violence and to the police’s institutional function of protecting the interests of the wealthy to the detriment of the oppressed?
The sudden death of Stefan has not altered our initial motivations for being here. However shamelessly the police may proceed to evict the Hambacher Wald occupation, we shall not flinch, we shall not surrender – we are here, and if we must, we will come back.
For the forest and for Stefan.

Press release 09/20/2018 – Tragic death in Hambach Forest

On Wednesday afternoon about 3:45 pm, the movement journalist, blogger and activist Steffen Horst Meyn, died in the tree house village Beechtown in Hambach Forest. He crashed while attempting to document an ongoing eviction action by the Special Task Force of Police (SEK), from a suspension bridge from about 20 m height. Rescue workers on the ground tried to resuscitate him. According to our information, however, he died a little later, still in the forest, in a rescue helicopter. more…

Commemoration of the person who died in Hambach Forest

After the terrible accident that occurred during the evictions, commemorative events took place in different places.
From various sources (especially social media, e-mail) we know about these events and many more:

First evening
Berlin, until 2 o’clock, Friedrichstraße 95: Memorial vigil in memory

Thu, September 20

  • Nuremberg, 6 pm, at the Lorenzkirche
  • Berlin, 6 pm, Hiroshimastraße 12: Memorial vigil in memory
  • Essen, from the morning, Hauptbahnhof exit Freiheit at the monument “Steile Lager”: vigil
  • Jena, 20:00, in front of the Stadtkirche (city church): memorial in remembrance
  • Aachen, 18:00, in front of the city hall: silent commemoration of the journalist killed in the Hambach Forest (Subsequently ther was a demonstration, with about 2000 participants)
  • Amsterdam, 20:00, in front of the German consulate

Steffen