Documentation and Repression

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. legalsupporthambi@nullriseup.net

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Currently a Bucket-Wheel Excavator of RWE is Blocked

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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

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…

Excavator stopped. Today, Oct 5 at 12:00 in EastEnd.

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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…

Reclaim the Hambi! – Reflections about Strategy and Call for Action

Some activists of the occupation wrote this open letter to all who feel part of the resistance:

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…

Vehicles of Wasel (RWE supporter) flared

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…

rabAZ in Cologne – Schedule

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—-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…

Press release 10/03/2018

To celebrate the day of the end – for the time being – of the eviction in the Hambi, RWE is erecting fences and the Meadow Camp is raided

Today is Wednesday, 10/03/2018, German Unity Day, reason enough for RWE once again to build a fence. In and around Hambach Forest.

The clearing of the more than 60 tree houses began on September 13th. Yesterday, on Tuesday, October 2nd, after 19 days for the time being, was its end.

Within the last week – contrary to the promised moment of rest after the death of Steffen – the remaining tree house villages were evicted. The operation was characterized by massive negligence, as well as violent police intervention. more…

Review of repression in and around the Hambach Forest – end of August to end of September 2018

by the Legal Team (Ermittlungsausschuss) Hambacher Forst
+++Trigger warning: This text describes police violence+++

Thanks for the Translation from: https://enoughisenough14.org/2018/10/04/review-of-repression-in-and-around-the-hambacherforest-end-of-august-to-end-of-september-2018/ 

Inhalt: Large-scale danger area | Freedom of the press massively restricted | Endangering and Violence | Treatment in the detention center (GeSa) | Prisoners in jail

In recent weeks, partly through reports from participants and eyewitnesses, and partly through live streams, we have witnessed numerous unlawful acts by RWE and the police, some of which endangered the lives of activists. These are not exceptional occurrences. On the contrary, the police and RWE Security have been behaving the same way for years, especially in the Hambach Forest. The only difference is that during the evictions in recent weeks, there has been much more media attention and abuses and maltreatments have occurred at shorter intervals.
Our text is not exhaustive. We can only report on the incidents we heard about ourselves. more…

Speech at a Forest Walk on Sept. 30th, 2018

UPDATE: Meanwhile, this year’s deforesting season has been banned by the Oberverwaltungsgericht (Higher Administrative Court) in Münster, a couple of days after this speech. Suddenly, the presence of police “for security reasons” does not seem to be necessary anymore. Of course, that has nothing to do with each other.

Sept. 30th, 2018 – During today’s forest walk, among other things, this speech was held by an activist from the forest. How nice to finally see many non-uniformed people on the “Secu-Road” (aka L276)! Many thanks also to all other speakers for the colorful variety of contributions. (And also thanks to some other Hambi activists, of whose spontaneous contributions we unfortunately have no video footage.)

You can see the speech here (German) and/or read it here:

 

For 16 days the police has been clearing the occupations in Hambach Forest.

For 16 days this forest has been besieged constantly by dozens of hundertschaft units, eviction tanks, elevators and special task units. For 16 days, the state has been running on all its superiority in order to hammer the message into the heads of a few hundred anarchists that a resisting, wild and free life is not to be tolerated. more…