We, a group of Hambi activists, want to organize evening events in your city. It should be about stories from the Hambach Forest and about writing history ourselves. The leitmotif of the event will be the hope that arises when we bring about change through joint action. We want to take you on a journey by six years of forest occupation and movement building, and to find paths with you on which this journey can go on, to system change and beyond. more…
“NONE AND ALL ARE SAFE” NRWE CLIMATE DYSTOPIA by Herbert Reul
Herbert Reul, the RWE (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk) employed police chief and interior minister, fresh from staging the largest police action in North Rhine – Westphalia ever, this Monday gave a speech at, yes, “Literature Festival Against Violence” in Wuppertal. He spoke at a retirement home and instead of a table with books and an author signing his works, the lobby was full of police, there was no information or schedules nor mention of other events one usually sees at literary festivals like this even in smaller towns, instead there was private security, body guards in business suits and sunglasses. more…
On Tuesday, november 27th, at 11:10 am, the first trial day against two activists will take place before the Amtsgericht (district court) in Jülich. They are accused of blocking the Hambach railroad at the beginning of July 2017, while the police were largely involved in the G20 summit in Hamburg. (Actions declaration und press review of the occurrence). In lawyer-German are the allegations “Widerstand gegen Vollstreckungsbeamte in besonders schwerem Fall” (§113 Abs. 2 StGB) (resistance to executory officer in a particularly severe case) and “Nötigung” (§240 StGB) (coercion). One of the defendants is also accused of “Sachbeschädigung” (§303 StGB) (material damage).
Of the total of eleven witnesses, the court plans to hear six (five of them cops) on the first day of the trial. Here is a statement of one of the defendants about the trial: more…
Wuppertal, November 19th, 2018 – At a security and crime event held as part of the “LangLese” literature festival “Against Violence”, NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul was unable to escape questions about the recent police violence against climate activism in the Hambach Forest and mass civil disobedience by Ende Gelände.
At the question time the people brought the Minister in clear trouble explaining. Meanwhile, activists stood with their mouths taped in front of the minister in the audience and kept up photos with scenes of recent violence. Herbert Reul was visibly uncomfortable. He prohibited video recordings. more…
@HambiBleibt-TV On sunday Nov. 18, at 5:00 pm some of us answered in live stream your questions to Hambach Forest about life in the occupation, clima crisis, the colourful resistance against it and much more.
Go to the link below to see the live stream in full length, in German only:
See also Twitter @HambiBleibt
The rule of law takes steps
This autumn, many people have realized what meanwhile provokes in the Hambach Forest a weary nod: the police (and their brothers and sisters in arms working directly for RWE) can do whatever they want. These are not slip-ups of sadists, it obviously has system. Should others and we ourselves be deterred from doing more than “just” protesting? Should violent ecoterrorists be bred? We can not look into their heads.
So many people have come a little naively into the forest with the intention of using their democratic right to demonstrate, who now lost all faith in the rule of law, due to repression. more…
8 Pont Valley protectors appeared in Court and were found guilty for standing up against the coal industry and attempting to stop a new opencast coal mine from opening in the UK.
They have been charged with obstruction of the Highway or of police officers and have received fines of over £8200.
Over the last 6 months, protectors have occupied the site, taken a series of direct actions and are now prosecuting the coal company for wildlife crime.
Meanwhile, in this exceptionally harsh ruling, the judge made clear which side the legal system is on – protecting corporate profits over ecological and human health!
Support this brave, necessary and legitimate action against coal mining and climate chaos! Donate money to help pay the fine and spread the word!
During the last two forest walks (Nov. 10 in Keyenberg, Nov. 11 in Hambi) last weekend, the text below was read out. It was written by a group of people from the forest and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the entire occupation.
The open pit Hambach progresses tirelessly and destroys habitat in favor of the production of electricity, which in large part in the industry in turn drives the destruction of habitat here and elsewhere. This destruction takes place both directly through the excavator buckets, which here and now take the habitat from humans and animals, and indirectly as the largest CO2 polluter in Europe and the resulting climate change.
The coal exit still remains manual work more…
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 more…
Today, on November 13, 2018, the Hambi9 who were arrested in the district of Düren were brought before the local court. After about 5 hours the verdict was spoken: acquittal for all defendants.
The charge: resistance to law enforcement officers. The Hambi9 were arrested during a police action in which “escape routes were cleared of barricades”. Some had been carried away, others had refused to come down from tripods etc.. But no useless attempts were made by the defendants to defend themselves actively against their arrest.
For the defendants UP4 & UP6, both prosecutor and defense pleaded for acquittal. On the other hand, in UP5 & UP9 the attorney had demanded a sentence of 50 daily sentences a 12 Euro. The deadline for appeal is one week.
More info https://abcrhineland.blackblogs.org/