The statement below was sent to us
11/13/2018 Addendum to yesterday’s occupation of an excavator at the bottom level of the open pit mine Garzweiler II
By one of the participants.
First of all: Yes, the excavator was standing still during our occupation, but half an hour before it was still runnung and we assumed, that it was only a brief stop to shift change. As long as RWE does not publish its maintenance plans, this is unavoidable, so come on with the maintenance plans!
The operation was still disturbed anyway, because the work had to be cancelled and must be made up, also the parts of the excavator on which we were locked had to be cut with an angle grinder, which means additional maintenance works 😉
Some more words about the eviction
We are very surprised by the brutality with which most of the RWE employees met us before the police arrived. While a bit lower a colleague in a discussion with an activist propagated the need for nonviolence, several employees on the other side of the excavator, trying to get an activist from the excavator kicked this person, they jumped on his calves and several employees put themselves on the chest of this person. Instead of waiting for the police, they were dragged down the stairs, the head not only once striking the steel steps. Although one foot got caught in the railing, the employees pulled at the person with all their might… There was no danger of flight, because of course the activists have an interest in staying on the excavator for as long as possible. Another activist was also dragged along the running grid, still chained to the 20kg lock-on and then dragged down a staircase.
An employee yelled at a climbing activist who was secured at all times, not to endanger themselves. But then this employee began to tug at the activist without even knowing if they were secured. In one situation, one of the employees, shouting at the person, urged them to come down immediately, then grabbed them with several other employees and said, otherwise they would take care of it themselves. Fortunately, when he started to fiddle with the the activist’s climbing belt, the other employees stopped him. It is absurd to pretend that a person is in mortal danger, while being at the same time the only endangering element.
During the entire action we did not take any offensive action.
To the employees of RWE: Our resistance is not directed against you, but against unbearable climate policy! Do not kick us, but your employers who enrich themselves with your work, as long as it still works, and then leave you alone!
By the way, the police then acted rather calmly. Later, in police custody in Neuss, after trying in vain to take fingerprints from a non-cooperating person, they renounced it entirely with us all. When we got out, they only kept a picture of us with distorted faces and some estimated body data.
→ Resistance is worthwhile!