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Our motivation for the walk into the mine last Sunday
Long, intense, exhausting and sad weeks are behind us. The decision of the court in Münster cools down the conflict about the Hambach Forest for the time being. It is important for us to emphasize that this is not just a result of the court decision but, above all, one of resistance, years of struggle and activists who have made determined efforts to preserve the forest on many levels.
We want to show that the fight for the Hambi goes beyond the forest borders. more…
We found this article at Indymedia
Innogy/RWE Marathon at Baldeneysee in Essen, this Sunday 10/14/2018
On the 14th of October, the very day on which the clearing work in the Hambach Forest was to begin, RWE organizes “Innogy Marathon” on behalf of its subsidiary Innogy on Lake Baldeney. A 17.2 km long route leads around the waters in Essen, the city in which RWE has its headquarters. Around the lake grows a beautiful open forest. Therefore, we decided after several weeks of intensive training in the Im-Wald-und-Wiese-in-Kreis-Laufens in this marathon with several groups in different disciplines to register.
We have come up with funny actions in and around the marathon to undermine this advertising and sportsmanship of the Innogy / RWE climate gangsters. more…
Comment by an activist
The meadow camp, which has served as a protest and resistance camp and important meeting place for activists since the beginning of the forest occupation, is now to be cleared. Kurt Claßen, owner of the property at the edge of the forest and comrade-in-arms in the fight to preserve the Hambach Forest, filed with the help of his lawyer an appeal against the eviction order by the Arnsberg district government of the compulsory expropriation, planned by RWE, which will delay the trial for the time being. In a statement by Kurt Classen on the illegality of the order of the building authority, represented by the state government, he writes that the threatened eviction order would serve to deprive the activists of the infrastructure for meetings. This violates the fundamental right to freedom of assembly more…
Oct 11th, 2018
Bat rescue action
The Hambach Forest is a biodiverse area containing many rare animal and plant species, including the dormouse and the Bechstein’s bat. This unique biotope is being destroyed by the coal mining activities of the company RWE in North Rhine Westphalia. Environmental activists of BUND and NABU and many independent nature preservationists are fighting to protect the forest and its species.
On the 6 October, 50,000 people joined a protest in the Hambach Forest. One of the main reasons for the outrage was that RWE, in addition to forcibly relocating the bats, is intentional destroying their nesting places with stapled plastic pieces and tape. This means that the bats are disturbed during their nesting season, which typically takes place every autumn, and are driven out of the area or even locked up.
Activists in the forest created a courageous bat rescue team, which took every step possible to protect the Bechstein’s bats from starvation and death.
On October 23rd, @HambiBleibt wrote: “Tree climbers & activists working together for #AnimalLiberation & better #Climate: 18 cavities open for bats, dormice, owls, other tree nesters & hibernators. Needing more volunteers, 100+ trees remaining blocked”.
See also our page Endangered animals with more info on the Bechstein’s bat
We squatted in Manheim!
Read also Greetings from the Friedensstrasse in Manheim
Two weeks ago humans were chased from their homes in Hambach Forest. Whilst the main public focus was on the protests in the forest, already for years people have been forced out of the surrounding villages. And so also in Manheim.
Rather than only concerning local inhabitants, coal mining in the Rhineland is also a global problem. more…
On Monday 15th October at 5pm, the forest will hold a ceremony to celebrate and remember Waka, our friend and comrade martyred last week in the revolutionary struggle in Kurdistan. We will meet at Jesus Point (in the forest) and then move to a different spot to have the memorial. more…
Program Hambi Trip Oct. 12th, 2018
We all meet at the station Buir at 10:30 and together we walk to the vigil.
Here is the exact program: more…
Note: This list is incomplete and may be added. It is designed to help you continue to be active at home and to show that there are places, open spaces and protests that need support everywhere. Not everything yet translated
Trebur, near Frankfurt, forest occupation against motorway exit to the airport, https://treburbleibt.blackblogs.org
Pödelwitz near Leipzig, near coal mine, village has to give way to lignite mining
Do not forget your local climate group, or found one!
Let’s organize http://www.ausgeco2hlt.de/mitmachen/lets-organize/
Overview of open spaces threatened by eviction in Germany Freiträume Blackblogs
Update Waka’s father wrote: Hello, I am the father of Waka. I am searching for pictures and reports about him from people who knew him. Tank you. My e-mail email@example.com
This Sunday our dear Comrade and Friend, Waka has become the second Hambach Forest activist to lay down his life at a front line against social, ecological domination and destruction, resisting patriarchy and capitalism. more…
For October 9th, the immediate and complete eviction of the protest camp on the meadow at Hambach Forest was announced. Kurt Claßen, the owner of the meadow, however, submitted the complaint below.
Update: The eviction has been canceled.
“Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Government of North Rhine-Westphalia,
In time and in the exercise of the rights under the Constitution, a complaint was filed today at the department of building inspection of the district of Düren against the intention of the NRW regime for immediate and complete eviction of the protest camp at the Hambach Forest.
If this constitutionally guaranteed right of complaint should be disregarded and tomorrow the complete and immediate eviction of the protest camp should begin, the NRW-Regime has to assume that immediately after tomorrow the immediate and complete shutdown of the open pit Hambach will be started, otherwise only later.
Kurt Claßen, 10/8/2018 “