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…
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.
See also our page Endangered animals with more info on the Bechstein’s bat
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 “
from our Legal Team
We, the investigation committee, want to document unlawful behavior and violence on the part of the police or RWE employees. With these data we try to use the attention around the eviction in Hambach Forest, in order to put the topic of police violence and repression more in the public. email@example.com
This text was sent to us
Currently an excavator of RWE is blocked. On 6.10.2018 activists near the bucket wheels forced the excavator driver to stop the machine. Today on Oct.7th about 11:00 am the police tried to cordon off a wide area around the excavator. The fire department is talking to the activists. An eviction of the occupation is not in the sense of the police because of the proximity to the edge of the dug slope. more…
Press release, October 5th, 2018
Today, the Higher Administrative Court (OVG, Oberverwaltungsgericht) granted in the course of an emergency application of B.U.N.D. (Alliance for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany e.V.) to suspend the deforesting for the time being. A stage win, because the struggle for the forest is far from won. What does that mean for the forest? First and foremost, the forest is protected by the court, and saved from felling until the final decision of the OVG is made, whether or not the Hambach Forest falls under the Habitats Directive. more…
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About 12:00, about twenty adults and children moved to the new ramparts that RWE piled up.
The ramparts are heaped up in height to about 2.50 meters with gravel and earth and provided with barrier tape. The trench directly behind it has been dredged to a depth of approximately 2.80 meters. Marking woods are labeled as “pipelines”. This inscription is not necessarily believable, because the rampart obviously serves as a barrier to prepare the enclosure of the section to be deforested next, which is currently on ice for the time being as a consequence of the current court decision. more…
Some activists of the occupation wrote this open letter to all who feel part of the resistance:
RECLAIM THE HAMBI
The last weeks have been exciting for all of us in and around the occupation of the Hambach Forest, but especially exhausting and grueling. The massive presence of police and RWE, their brutal actions, the destruction of our home. They hit us in an injuring way, they locked us up and took so much of what was close to our hearts, and what took us so many years to build. But be sure: all that was not in vain! more…
We found this article at Indymedia (https://de.indymedia.org/node/24859):
When you evicted the Hambi, when you cut those trees, when you destroyed these houses, when you arrested people, when you took our mates to jail, did you really think we won’t revenge?
The company Wasel got attacked yesterday night, with six incendiary devices placed on six vehicles, because they gave their machinery to RWE, because they made it possible for the police to evict the forest, because they are part of a system we hate. more…
—-Friends from the AZ asked us to publish this call and schedule for RabAZ (action days to preserve the AZ Cologne) here on the blog. ONE STRUGGLE ONE FIGHT! ——
Hambi, Wagenplatz or AZ – Displacement affects us all!
The Wagenplatz “Wem gehört die Welt” and the AZ, Autonomous Center of Cologne, invite you to a tough first weekend of October from October 4 to 7: getting together, exchanging and networking, going out together – and above all, make RABAZ! more…