“This week the judge decided to make the eviction of the Swamp possible. This means that birds, rabbits, bats, rats, insects and people lose their living space and a young forest will be killed. All to make space for more asphalt, another distribution center and a busparking that could be built somewhere else. The judge ignored that the owner; Borghese Real Estate B.V., hasn’t even asked for permits to cut the trees on the part of the Swamp that is not destroyed yet. more…
UPDATE of this blockade of the Hambach railroad: RWE train driver disregarded international emergency signal and brought activists in mortal danger
We received this Press Release Sunday, October 28th, 2018
Climate Justice DIY – Coal railway blocked!
At this moment activists block the trains of RWE’s own coal railway near Kerpen-Buir. By means of so-called “lock-ons” they chain their bodies to the tracks, so that the delivery of coal to the nearby power plants is interrupted. With this they are protesting for the immediate coal exit and a solidary, ecologically fair society. more…
Almost two weeks ago (Oct. 13th, 2018), a group of us began squatting Manheim, opening up the MAZ (Manheim Ⓐutonomous Zone) 46 occupation on the corner of Friedensstrasse and Forsthausstrasse.
What followed was twelve days of living autonomously, developing the space, and building relations with neighbours. Over the last weekend, though, the repression of the project was especially severe, with the police laying siege to the occupation almost constantly, denying us supplies and even beating up and arresting some of those attempting to support us. Even a child, who wanted to give us cookies, was searched! more…
No jobs on a dead planet – digger occupation in Hambach Forest
In the early morning of Sunday, October 21th, 2018, a group of activists once again occupied and thus blocked a digger in the coal mine. The activists climbed up peacefully and attached banners saying “No jobs on a dead planet”, emphasizing once more that the action is directed against the coal mine and not against the workers.
The folks wanted to raise awareness about the fact that a temporary stop to deforestation does not put an end to the destructive coal mining. Still nature is being destroyed, villages demolished, people being forced to relocate and whole regions of land being devastated for the generations to come. While they are continuously hiding behind practical constraints of public concern, coal extraction is continued for private interests only. more…
Dear Hambis, I just sent this message to my brother-in-law. It needs no further explanation:
Hello X, I hear you are worried about the garbage in Hambach Forest. Rightly so. Unlike what the police wants to make us believe, it was created during the evictions, as the tree houses were scattered on the forest floor, along with everything in there, including windows. But something has been done in the meantime. This was a message from October 14 on Twitter:
Today was #Hambiputz @Oaktown1312 is full of broken pieces. Help Clumsy & Co with shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, possibly sieves, firm bags or similar, gloves. We first collected shards in one place. #HambacherWald #Hambibleibt.
There are a lot of people who walk around barefoot, at least in the never-ending summer. You can see all the pictures from before the eviction: nowhere but a pinch of garbage.
Documentation of an article in Grünes Blatt Nr. 2011/2:
Actions on railroad tracks
Actions on railroad tracks have a long tradition in the anti-nuclear movement. The Castor transports have turned out to be a sort of Achilles heel of the nuclear industry, by means of which the movement can intervene in the ongoing process chains of the nuclear industry. In response to the protests against the nuclear transports, under the Red-Green government (!) have been built the interim stores at the power plant sites in order to minimize as much as possible the necessary transports. The remaining Castor transports, e.g. in Wendland, have evolved to crystallization points of the resistance. Here various action strategies have been developed to block the transports, to make them more difficult and to boost its material, but in particular its political price, as well as to attract the public attention to the problem of nuclear power in general. There were sit-ins, walks on the rails, gravel actions and other creative forms of action to disrupt the railway traffic, in particular the Castor transports.
To make this wealth of experience available for the young anti-lignite movement, it makes sense to study the technical and strategic importance of the heavy duty trains in the Rhenish lignite mining district. For this purpose the following article may be helpful. Read on »
In connection with the Global Gasdown-Frackdown action days last weekend, we wanted show our solidarity with the over 20 local initiatives and environmental organisations resisting the construction of the first German LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) import-terminal in the city of Brunsbüttel, close to Hamburg!
A group of companies, including Dutch company Gasunie, fossil-giant RWE and fertilizer-company YARA, are financing the expansion of European fossil-gas infrastructure, hoping to in the future start importing fracked gas from among others Trump’s fascist USA.
In spite of droughts, hurricanes, and all other catastrophes connected to the climate-chaos they have caused, the ruling-class continues its destructive “business-as-usual”, in the search for nothing else than power and wealth.
… but not without resistance!
In the last months the anti-fossil-fuel movement in Germany has shown its strength in the struggle for Hambach Forest. As the forest is safe for now, it is time to show our determination for a fossil-free world! To show that we are everywhere, and that the struggle continues!
NO MORE “BUSINESS-AS-USUAL”, NO MORE FOSSIL-FUEL EXPANSION!
NO LNG-TERMINAL IN BRUNSBÜTTEL OR ANYWHERE!
BLOCK CLIMATE-KILLING INFRASTRUCTURE, FIGHT RWE!
Read the open letter from the initiatives fighting the project here: http://www.keinco2endlager.de/bi/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_Offener-Brief-Kein-LNG-Terminal-in-Brunsbuettel.pdf (German)
Read also: Manheim squat & garden party!
Behind us are exhausting weeks of fighting for the Hambach Forest, which were filled with scenes of violence and escalation by the police against peaceful occupiers and demonstrators.
Despite the provisional clearing stop and the somewhat calming around the quaint forest, the fight for local and global climate justice is far from over! The tree houses, the habitat of so many people in the forest, were destroyed in an emotionally cold way, but the memories remain and we are still here!
For RWE and politicians remain faithful to their crushing and life-negating agenda and always try to confront the public with fait accompli. Although it is still unclear whether the pit will ever be expanded by Manheim, urgently needed homes are razed to the ground every day. more…
Yesterday, Oct. 15th, RWE’s opencast mines and power plants went on strike. It is unclear whether the semi-wild strike was planned in this way (as the union formally declares, so as not to be prosecuted for directing an unannounced assembly), or if the blockade of factory entrances and access roads was spontaneous.
Unfortunately, the pickets had no stamina, so at 11:00 am they left the field to the Marximal Confusion action group, although their vigil was announced to last until 2:00 pm.
The Marxist Confusion Action Group appeared with a banner saying “expropriate RWE big shots – 300,000 € compensation for each miner” (picture to follow) and flyers with the Open letter to the employees of RWE and to the union IGBCE, published shortly before the eviction, to remember the employees of the open pit mine on-site to the great miner’s strikes of 1997 and to offer them support in (even wild) strikes, if more…