On October 5th, 2018, the OVG (Higher Administrative Court) in Münster suspended the clear-cutting in Hambach Forest until the decision of the VG (Administrative Court) of Cologne on the legality of the open pit mining in the main proceedings. It was expected by those involved in the process that this might not happen before the end of 2020. Now the VG Cologne announced on December 3, that they want to decide about it already in the first quarter of 2019. If the VG will give right to RWE, they could thus resume the clear-cutting work again in the autumn of 2019 or even at the end of this winter’s deforesting season, depending on the date of the decision.
The previous attitude of the VG Cologne in favor of RWE gives little reason for optimism: http://www.vg-koeln.nrw.de/suche/suche_rwd.php?q=Hambach&m=all&wm=sub
The unexpected hurry arouses the suspicion that there could have been an intervention in the ⚒independent⚒ judiciary by an influential party. We have always said it before and are again confirmed in it: the fight for the forest, against RWE and other big companies that believe they can do with us as they want, even the destruction of the livelihood of all of us, it is far from being over. We can not rely on a court decision.
That is why we propose to all people who want to stop RWE: note the autumn of 2019 in your diary (or maybe even the spring?).
“Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck saß” (Once on a tree a cuckoo sat) This old revolutionary song from the 19th century has been demoted to the children’s song. But RWE and their servants Laschet and Reul should remember our version of the end:
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