In addition to the report on the occupation in Morschenich (House occupied in Morschenich) two people from the forest write here, because they feel the need to give a comment in retrospect. As always, the following is a formulation of individuals and not necessarily representative of the whole forest population.
An important point of anti-capitalist criticism starts right here: If a company can own a whole village, it can also determine what happens to it.
The examples of Manheim and Morschenich, where RWE relocates people and destroys houses, history and personal memories, in order to re-market the entire region, makes obvious the whole tragedy that comes with the massive depropriation by a big company. In the form of the villages, Hambach forest and the surrounding forests, RWE not only possesses important resources, but also can design the whole region and its habitats. Actually, such kind of property is theft. Because even if the company stops lignite mining in the region and instead pursues other plans (industry settlement etc.), it does not focus on the needs of those still living here, it’s all just about maximizing profits. This approach has always been supported by the state government in Düsseldorf.
This must end now at the point where finally the decision is to be made how to proceed with the remaining villages. Above all, it is up to the people who, despite all intimidation and destruction by RWE, still are living in Morschenich and struggling to keep their homes. As far as we can tell, the fact that the already resettled moved away so “voluntarily” is often due to the enormous pressure that RWE has exerted on these people and because of the fact that confidentiality clauses have been signed.
Another point is the policy – in our eyes on purpose – to locate migrants in the villages to be demolished. This will deprive these people of the opportunity to build a durable social network and deny them active political and social participation. By reviving this village, we oppose the more or less obvious marginalization of refugees. This happens, for example, when we meet on the sports ground in Morschenich like on Easter Sunday as we meet with villagers for a football match or simply spend time together, have discussions and meet for coffee and cake at the Hambi Camp in Morschenich.
If the two occupied houses had not been immediately and brutally evicted by the police, they would have had the potential, in our eyes, to contribute to the revitalization of Morschenich and to exchange and togetherness. A self-organised social space would have been born that could have accommodated joint learning and cooking as well as street parties and political action. So what was the point of this whole police action? Legally substantiated theft of living space by RWE? And how is it going to be in the future?
When it is true that this village can remain, and everything points to it, the demolition works make no sense. Unless we believe in RWE’s perfidious approach to reselling the “newly created” building plots. Against such pointless destruction, which is unjustifiable in view of the housing shortage in German cities, we are in many ways powerless as long as we accept the laws imposed by the state. As is so often the case, the question of legality and legitimacy is revealed. Only because misappropriation of an entire region and the merciless assertion of corporate interests in the form of capital accumulation by expropriation are legal, they are by no means legitimate!
Translation in progress: Zu dieser Beziehung zwischen Legitimität und Legalität ist uns an dieser Stelle auch noch wichtig, auf das Verhalten der Polizei bei der Räumung der besetzten Häuser hinzuweisen: Menschen, die auf Dächern leerstehender Häuser und auf der Straße saßen, wurden massiv von Polizist:innen körperlich angegangen. Das Vorgehen der Polizei war vielleicht legal, aus unserer Sicht aber keinesfalls verhältnismäßig und diente der reine Machtausübung der Beamt:innen. Aus friedlicher Sitzblockade und der Besetzung zweier Dächer gingen Menschen teilweise mit blutender Nase oder blauem Auge hervor.
Neben der symbolischen Bedeutung der Besetzung von Häusern steht hierbei auch im Vordergrund, leerstehenden Wohnraum gemeinsam zu nutzen und Freiraum zu schaffen. Sollte RWE also vorhaben, dieses Dorf abzubaggern, macht Besetzung als direkte Aktion nicht nur theoretisch sondern ganz praktisch Sinn! Wir werden uns der Weiterzerstörung von Morschenich widersetzen und freuen uns dabei über Unterstützung.
Menschen, die sich dahingehend vernetzen möchten, sucht gerne den Kontakt zu uns.