See also: Press Release
UPDATE January 21th:
After a protest by the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Economic Affairs Pinkwart, RWE has published a new map, see below
. The question is, of course. whether this theater had been arranged beforehand. Because now the NRW state government is playing the role of savior of the forest and Morschenich..
An article appeared on the front page of the Aachener Nachrichten today under the heading: “Hambi saved, villages lost!”
On page three, a picture was published on how we should imagine this. Larger scale at the end of this article. So according to the plan, dredging should take place around the back of the forest, leaving a 400 m high hill with the rest of a lowland forest on it. Then the ex-Hambi will die of thirst.
Oops! Then we can cut and dig up the rest too. Pity! more…
As often happens, also this post contains an opinion – on feelings of plants – that is not necessarily shared by everyone. As always, this shows how diversity can promote discussion.
Some may still remember: the German Greens once had the suggestion to set up a veggie day once a week in public canteens. All very nice and without obligation. They will not forget it that soon! They have not recovered from this shock until today. In the following shitstorm especially the term prohibition party was used very often and the Greens have become even more non-binding, with some pleasing exceptions.
However, it is now common knowledge that meat consumption and the production of animal food cause the greatest environmental impact. Meat addicts quip in the social media: “These vegans eat the food of my food!” This alone shows that everyone knows it: Actually, the reverse is the case. They feed on the livelihoods of the poor and even of the planet. more…
Maximum school strikers per country per day. Click f. original size, Wikipedia
We are very delighted to hear, that Greta Thunberg dedicated the Golden Camera she won to the Hambis, but it is not very amazing: we struggle for the same goal. We do not want to participate in any personality cult, and Greta too is far from that, as this dedication shows. This dedication comes immediately after a new repression, allegedly due to a fallen bucket (“throw of feces”). It is the many many people – and lots of them being young – who no longer want to accept how their future is being ruined. See picture left.
“We want you to panic!”
The award ceremony not only shows Greta’s speech, impressive as always, but also the audience’s response as she dedicates the award to the Hambis. She has to interrupt her speech for thunderous applause. Well, Armin and Herbert and Dirk *), probably this is not what you wanted, when you thought, you just could throw out the Hambis for your RWE bosses, right?
As an appreciation of her solidarity, we, as #hambacherforst activists, would like to give a harness to @GretaThunberg. We would love to see you in the forest on a Friday.
*) Armin Laschet: Prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia
Herbert Reul: His police minister, former teacher!
Dirk Weinspach: Police chief of Aachen, responsible for the Hambach Forest
RWE: Their boss, owner of the lignite industry in West Germany
It’s that time again: the feast of peace is upon us. Millions of ducks, geese, pigs, turkeys, carps, cows, chickens, rabbits, roes and others have to put their heads on the block for it. I’m dreaming of a red Christmas. Their horrible lives end with a horrible death, so that on Christmas eve they are put on tables where is more disputed than on any other day. It is so nice to put the corpse of a victim of violence on the table at such a peaceful celebration. Before that, gifts have to be bought, in brightly lit pedestrian precincts or at mail-order stores, which treat their employees like the last piece of shit to squeeze more out of them. more…
December 19th, 2018
Vergissmeynnicht, Photos of the memorative celebration for Steffen Meyn
December 18th, 2018
13:27 The spectators of the trial “Hambach railway from 7/7/17 in Jülich” were expelled. It’s still a public trial. The press is present.
The release of climbing harnesses in Aachen
See the invitation to the celebration of the liberation of climbing harnesses: 18.12 Aachen
13:16 Gesa_Support_AC @AcGesa Yeaaaahhh!!!! We were able to release 10-15 harnesses! The effort was worth it! #besseralsweihnachten #AcGesa und #KLF feiern, #hambibleibt
12:24 Hurray, it works out. The unknown activist @UAktivistin recovered her harness! (and remained unknown) #hambigehtweiter #KlettergurtLiberationFeier #hambibleibt #hambacherforst #KlettergurtLiberationFront #hambi
December 12, 2018 more…
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 more…
On 11/29/2018 the first eviction trial took place before the district court in Kerpen. This is the translation of an article by ABC Rhineland:
For the 15 solidary visitors the morning begins with the (meanwhile already routine) entrance checks to the district court Kerpen and a police force of approximately 30 persons.
According to the indictment, Andrea was in a hammock near a treehouse, which was to be evicted, and moved further into the treetop when the altitude intervention team officers were on the same level. During the eviction Andrea is said to have defended herself with punches, kicks and insults like “wanker” and “pigs”. For the prosecutor from this resulted “assault” and “attempted assault” as accused criminal offenses. more…
We feel with the relatives of Steffen/ Sonne #SteffenMeyn, who in this Open Letter to Prime Minister Armin Laschet and Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul express their thoughts and feelings about their experiences:
“Family Meyn, family Fritsche
To the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia
Prime Minister Laschet, Minister of the Interior Reul
Open letter by the relatives of Steffen Meyn
Steffen Meyn has been working for some time as part of his studies at the KHM (Academy of Media Arts) Cologne on a cinematic documentary about the life the of tree house people in the Hambach Forest. Their aim is to prevent the clear cutting of the forest for the purpose of producing lignite. When the tree houses were cleared by police, these events were also part of his cinematic observations. more…
🗣 Meeting point Hambi-Block Sound-Truck (second last truck), corner Herbert-Liebertz-Weg / Siegburgerstrasse from 11:00. Open Street Map
Start of the demo 1:00 pm
Deutzer Werft, Herbert-Liebertz-Weg, Siegburger Straße, Deutzer Brücke, Neuköllner Straße, Blaubach, Mühlenbach, an der Malzmühle, Deutzer Brücke Deutzer Werft. more…
November 23rd, 2018
14:15 @HambiChaos: The last of yesterday’s arestees has just been released from Düren courthouse
@HambiBleibt | Enough is Enough! @enough14 | @krahennest | #endor
22:00 During today’s police operation, the meadow camp was stormed by about 100 officers with 20 vehicles and a helicopter under threadbare pretext. Based solely on the assertion of 2 RWE security guards, that a stone was thrown at them. Witnesses can confirm that this statement is false. The personal details of a dozen people were checked using force and two activists were reported on the alleged suspicion of violence. A detailed report will follow later.
20:29 Hambi Bleibt: “Memorials to 2 Hambi comrades who died this year, Steffen & Waka, destroyed by RWE & NRW Police” #RestInPowerWaka – RIP Waka – RIP Steffen
19:01 Hambi Mahnwache: “Visitors to the vigil told us about the destruction of the memorial site of Steffen today at the place where he crashed and gave us, among other things, these pictures: @HambiMahnwache”
17:27 We just got a message, that civil cops are on the motorway near Kerpen, controlling cars that are going direction Hambi. Be attentive!!
16:38 Cops around and in Wiesencamp (meadow) at the edge of Hambach Forest.
15:57 Krähennest @krahennest All the police and RWE employees left the nest. They destroyed our ground structures. but left our toilet and our tree houses in peace. If you want to support us we need food and water. Or when you have time. You all are welcome ♥♡
15:39 The spontaneous sound system soli demo from Buir station is on its way! Strong sound is available. Dancing helps! more…