Help Call from occupied forest in Uppsala Sweden

About a year ago, the forest-occupation project in Uppsala started after the municipality officially decided to clear a more than 200-year-old forest in order to build expensive high-rise buildings in its place.

The forest, Blodstensskogen, is located between two nature reserves and thus serves as a corridor for the many forest animals to move around. At the same time, Blodstensskogen has developed a strong and diverse ecosystem through its long existence. For example, there are deciduous trees and fir trees that are over a hundred years old, and it is home to many animals, including those that are protected (Red Listed Animals: different insects such as the longhorn beetle, musk longhorn beetle, scarlet fungus beetle, birds such as the black woodpecker and the crested tit, fungi such as the pine fire sponge, irpicodon pendulus, resupinate spurge and the beautiful earth stars, as well as three different species of bats that use the Blodstensskogen as hunting grounds and for reproduction).

We do not want to accept the unjustified clearing of the Blodstensskogen and therefore started to build tree houses and different platforms in the threatened forest. We were inspired by occupations like the one in the Hambach Forest and the many activists* who defend the forest with their dedication and steadfastness. We also want to thank them for their active help, on the one hand for the grant for materials, but especially for the help we received on site from some activists who came especially to share their knowledge with us!

The struggle for a more sustainable world with a fairer climate continues, even now, in these turbulent and uncertain times overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is still unclear whether the Blodstensskogen can persist. At the moment, there is still a legal process, but it has little chance of success and can be ended at any time by an eviction order. A few days ago, people from the municipality came into the forest and threatened us to leave the tree house and the existing structures, or they destroy it because it was an “illegal construction”, starting on Sunday 7 June – ridiculous when you consider that the whole forest is to be cleared to make way for high-rise buildings. That is what we call illegal!

It is important for us to stress: If there is an eviction, we need your support. In times of the corona pandemic we are learning many new forms of action. Even though civil disobedience is great and absolutely necessary on site and we want to encourage people to come to Blodstensskogen, you can also support us through media (FB: https://www.facebook.com/raddablodstensskogen) or by donating money. For further details / contact please write us: blodstensskogen@nullriseup.net / +46 739992861

We thank you and send everyone much strength and perseverance.

– The activists from Blodensskogen

AntiFascist and ProMigrant Response to the Weekly “Hygiene” Demos

 

COVIDIOTS AND NAZIS UNITED FACING ANTIFA

The feeling of uncertainty and fear has been fed by the State aproach to this Corona Crisis like every other crisis that came before and that continues to grow by each day: Climate, Migration, Food Instability and Deforestation, all being exploited for profit, militarization and by the Right.  With Corona at first we were all told not to bother wearing masks in public spaces, remember with illogical justification that only sick people should do so, dirty secret of capitalism and austerity being that there was not enough masks not just for all but also even for hospital workers, then came the present regulations for manatory mask wearing together with world-wide subsidies and buyoouts for heavy industries and large corporations and not for the healthcare or in the form of social assistance for those most at risk, the elderly the poor, migrants and prisoners.  In this climate of practical breakdown it is the right that once again is trying to seize the opportunity to peddle their conspiracy theories to take advantage of the crisis: the narratives only on the surface apears to be critical of the state, assuming incredibly racist and antisemitic overtones: wearing masks is compared to sharia law or  to wearing star of David during the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 

 

In last saturday demo #K2305 in Cologne a person appeared in a concentration camp uniform with a sign “Maske Macht Frei”, seen here being interviewed by a extreme right youtuber Oliver Flesch.  This is only on the surface appearing to be  critical of the state and its corona regulations as the conservative and right wing nature of those protest cover up any critique of social and healhtcare inaction of the state, marginalize highly affected groups like refugees, prisoners and migrant workers even further and their demo participants clap frantically any time any of the counter protesters get hassled or arrested by the police.

It is however the couter demonstrators, coming from left, antifa, social causes perspectives that make those demos worthwile and put them in the right context.  After the initial surprise of the first demos on and around May 2nd, where Hygiene movement entered stores and harassed people wearing masks with some masks being pulled off people’s faces, with a very pronounced radical right element, the following demos on the 16th and 23 of May in Cologne and in Aachen, as in most other large cities, large antifascist counterdemonstrator presence was mobilized. In Cologne outnumbering the Hygiene Covidiots by 100, having 300-400 protesters to the Hyginist’s 200.  It is not only the narrative that sets this group and movement as being clearly instrumentalized and heavily influenced by the right, its very name strikes uneasy parallels to Hygiene being a particuarly high propaganda focus of the national socialist regime with Racial Hygiene laws and potrayal of all ethnic minorities and enemies of the state as unhygienic. During the demos many agresive provocations took place from the Hyginists who caughed from  a short disctance in the counter protester’s faces, sprayed them with desinfectant, and kept aggressively asking “Do you see any Natzis here?”. With each protest having its high profile extreme right wing social media personality as part of the protest on #K16o5 it was the Youtuber “Influenza”(with a rather intentionally disturbing self identification and fetishization of another deadly disease). Which is another more secretive, but seen in their group chats, element of this movement that not only does it deny that corona is a deadly to hundreds of thousands disease but at other times spreading the views that the pandemic is cleansing humanity of the old, sick and functions a needed population control instrument.

It is no wonder that like towards completly open natzis showing off in the streets, here too the response is that of disgust, actions and blockades. The counterdemos being organized with and without permits by alliance of the left and on the 26th of May in Cologne by the Sea Bridge, SeeBrucke People, offering a safe space and a garthering place for all that share a pro social, pro healthcare and anti natzi perspecive.  This legality and permits of those demos, like allways, is not being respected by the State with several people being detained in Cologne and in Aachen.  Once again solidarity is our weapon and we know that we can not expect anything more than inaction and brutality from the State, be it the Climate crisis or Corona, thats why again and again it is the self organized, autonomous and community groups that are filling the void that the State creates and enlarges creating an arena for the right wing extremists and neonazis.

The struggle for the streets and the minds has some parallels to the political situation fallowing the great depression in the 1920, with the unemployment in US and many economic indicators surpassing the great depression, especially in US and in the Global South, with the crisis expected to worsen with present unprecedented food insecurity in Africa and India and quite possibly this fall in Europe as well after a record breaking hot and dry winter.  Equating every crisis with an opportunity, AFD, initianlly experiencing large drop in support due to not having any pro healtcare or pro social perspecitve(suprise, suprise) during the pandemic is now trying to catch up and postition iteself  to take advantage of this economic/social/ecological crisis of Late Capitalism that is brewing out of,not just, corona, but also out of decades of ultra liberal austerity, climate crisis and now a global pandemic.  The closures of many small establishments and loss of employment has to be adressed from a critique of capitalism perspective and the void filled with actions, mutual support and demands for not more cops but for free and open healthcare, not more guns but living wages and more open living and social spaces and closed borders responded with aid and open doors and admission to those impacted by wars and instability for which our privelaged Global North livestyles are responsible.

 

All the above demands, needs and social and climate emergencies that corona, cliamate and refugee crisis symbolize continue to be responded to by thousands who are not willing to sit at home and await the government to deliver any solutions knowing very well that unless those demands are not won in the streets and through actions and occupations they will never become a reality.

A movement of Social and Ecological Justice continues against the “philosophy” of disinformation, fear, militarism and collapse!!

 

CALL FOR ACTION: Lets Re-Wild the old A4 Autobahn!!

Call for Action: Let’s give back the former A4 to nature!

We successfully fought against RWE and NRW‘s state government to not clearcut the forest. They declared that the Hambach Forest will not be used for brown coal mining any more.

This is a success of our common fight that has been going on for several years.

However, this forest has not been „saved“: The wounds that have been caused to the forest are deep.

One of these many wounds that is very visible is the former highway A4 that goes from the Secu-Point to the East of the forest like a scar. It is an ecological desert, a broad stripe without any plants, with many negative impacts on the forest and its animals.

Also, a research paper published by the Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) and the Hochschule Eberswalde demands for rescuing the Hambach Forest: „The former highway A4 is to be recultivated and re-planted with forest as soon as possible.“ (see https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/hambacher_forst.pdf, see also: https://taz.de/Studie-zu-Tagebau-und-Waldsterben/!5618305/).

If the forest is really not to be cut down any more, this road must be removed from the forest by RWE.

It is an „object that does not belong to the forest“ (as RWE says), and therefore should be removed from the forest.

However, we do not want to wait for RWE to do something maybe at some point in the future (if at all), but to become active ourselves and to begin to give back the former A4 to nature.

We want to start to replant this empty desert road with our hands‘ work, to fill it again with plants and animals that can use it. Let us work together with basic tools to change this ecological crime and to replant the former A4 with pioneer plants. We have already started- just join us (keeping Corona safety distance, of course).

Maybe we can also motivate gardening centers and tree schools to help us bringing soil and water with trucks in order to step by step help nature to heal this wound in the forest.

 

Hunger Strike For the Climate?! now in 31th day.

 

For past 31 days actions have taken place as part of Hunger Strike for the Climate?! and against Corona Marginalization, Profiteering and Repression through out the state of North Rhine Westphalia. We have taken our demands of:

1. No sidelining of Climate Crisis in itself connected to habitat loss and migration that is causing and magnifying of the latest capitalist structural crisis of Covid 19 pandemic.

2. Release of prisoners from NRW jails, the last land in Bundes Republic territory not to do so to decrease the risk of outbreak of corona in its overcrowded prisons.

3. Solidarity with refugees and call for release and closure of refugee camps on the greek island and of US ICE Immigration detention where conditions are dire and outbreaks occur on every day basis.

4. Call for supermarkets to stop throwing food in the trash, exposing activists, the poor, the elderly and the homeless to all the pathogens that are in the store by having to go through the supermarkets garbage.

5. Call for anonymous testing and amnesty for forest activists during the pandemic. Both are preventing not just activists but all without valid id from being tested and stress on using police to address the crisis is making numerous populations reluctant and not able to seek treatment.

6. Connecting and full responsibility for RWE of its epicenter of respiratory deseases caused by coal based emission and fine particles from mining amplifying the scope of the pandemic by leaving the local population sicker and more vulnerable to this disease on top of causing more that 60000 deaths in German territory alone. Same with RWEs effect on the global climate disaster unfolding before our eyes.

7. Opening Up of villages, buildings and to be destroyed homes laying in the path of RWEs toxic mines for social, ecological and living spaces.

Last but not least:

 

 

8. No instrumentalization of Corona for new waves of repression against forest and climate activists and ever increasing groups of marginalized segments of society: the homeless and the poor, elderly, ethnic minorities and refugees, and prisoners.

With the Climate Crisis continuing to unfold as RWE continues to mine around Hambacher Forst destroying surrounding, also happening in two other coal mining regions, villages and habitats and as the corona epidemic is exploited to bail out and to give billions to large polluters and heavy industries, all this as the epidemic rages in prisons, refugee camps, in the global south and in socially enclosed and collective spaces with no resources and little attention directed for those that needed it the most. For those reasons and especially to raise awareness of solidarity mutual assistance and anticapitalist critique and perspective of this and this and that in an ever list of crises perpetuated by the system for those reasons the Hunger Strike for the Climate will continue for another week taking this message to the empty of compassion, empathy and foresight edifices of power:

Monday NRW Parliament 1100 to 1300 Interior Ministry 1320 to 1500

Tuesday RWE headquarters Essen 1200 to 1500

Wed. Aachen Court and Aachener Anzeiger for its anti Climate and Pro Coal message

Thurs. Ehrenfeld JVA Koln Prison, place of detention of many Hambacher Forst Activists

Fri. Real SuperStore in Duren 1000 to 1400 a location of arrest of Hambis for liberating thrown away food.

Salute of Solidarity to Anarchists in the Italian territory

From occupied Hambacher Forest, from its treehouses, barrios and villages and camps we send you openhearted and warm expressions of love and rage.  Of Love and Rage in the face of State after State creating and deepening and then exploiting crisis after crisis, be it post-colonialist ultra liberalism with its austerity & social and climate/ecological  collapsing or be it the waves of opportunistic militarization of repression that follow, one crisis blending and fusing with the next.  As each part of the remaining social and community fabrics is collapsed and destroyed it is subjected to this dynamic like You who rose and continued to rise to the occasion and become an inspiration for us all.

So from the largest “ZAD” autonomous enclave on the edge of the largest coal mine in the EU territory we send an acknowledgment honoring the tradition, history and the present of those fighting the anticapitalist liberation struggles in the italian region. With great debt felt be anarchist communities worldwide to which you and your predecessors contributed so much.  In the face of the breakdown of last remaining illusions of social and ecological safety nets, being replaced by quarantines, infectious hospitals and prisons we reflect and communicate that it does not matter either if we are here for a week, month or years more, what matters is that this and many other struggles have stood in the face of overwhelming forces persevered, from the villages, cities, barrios and treehouses and from behinds bars and communicated the message of resistance around the planet.  It was those messages and actions from you that inspired so many here and countless other places, it is that same message from us to you that we can only hope will reverberate as a slow ‘back to normal’, becomes the new norm against which all resistant people fought and warned across the historical spectrum.

History never exactly repeats itself but it does rhyme, with all too many always ready to hum and sing the tune of blind obedience, of destruction of all that is beautiful, communitarian, solidaric and free, and as that tune is reinforced through the paranoia and profiteering of the corporate media with state following with its authoritarian anti social anti health state of emergency,with its too little to late, “solutions”. And as drones fly above cities worldwide keeping people from getting too close to each other,as this distopian scifi bullsh*t becomes the new normal as this happens it is also the notes and voices of “Bella Ciao” that continue to reverberate, after more than 80 years ago echoing through apenine mountains and forest on both sides of the Adriatic, reverberating still from countless instruments, mouths and hearts at camps, collectives actions and demos.  The historical strength of resistance. perseverance and inspiration reminding that even in the darkest times not only has hope and the eternal spirit of liberation and universal equality not dissapeared but has sustained itself and exploded time after time in a celebration of liberation.  This is one of those times again when your message of standing shoulder to shoulder with those that not just have the least, but have also been singled out as targets of exclusion and persecution, like the prisoners, refugees and all that dare to look at the new face of authoritarian state and say No and Basta, like the Zapatistas, Zadists, NoTav, Anticapitalists from Chile, Spain, Bielorus and in every place where there is injustice and repression.  Thank you for your actions manifestos/updates on the refugee, prisoner, medical sector and gig economy exploitation and profiteering!

It is becoming once gain crucial to reach out, to communicate and inspire.  As one state after another does away with any pretensions of “liberties” and “rights” and replaces them with more privilege and power for fewer and fewer power hungry idiots self isolated from the effects of their actions on the masses, the spirit of rebellion and hope germinates in the least expected and most forgotten locales. Lets keep that message strong, feed it maintain it together and spread it and share it with all those whom even we might have forgotten.

Occupying and squatting on top of the European pyramid of exploitation, privilege and force, it is all of those remaining privileges that have to be questioned, and uprooted as the message is taken to those in the global south in the back alleys and the havelas with the understanding that it is not us but them who are our mentors and our teachers:  The homeless person who left a reality of exploitation based employment behind 4 lifetimes ago, a refugee traumatized by war who might not have even picked a side, a prisoner of a war on the poor, they are us and we are them.

Rapid social and ecological degradation path taken by The State actors worldwide means that LockDowns, Red Zones and Stay at Homes of Corona are just a rehearsal towards a state of permanent emergency and ever progressing break down, break down that is not just removing the primacy of the west on the international scene(to which nationalists elements respond as a rallying cry) but also destroying the life bearing capacity of the planet itself by destabilizing the stable climate itself, while groundwork is laid for future pandemics by destroying healtcare, social sectors and feeding tons of antibiotic to factory farms captives breeding an ever increasing number of antibiotics resistant bacterial strains, while farma and military continues to stockpile and experiment on an ever increasing list of biowarfare agents for “defensive purposes”.

IT is crucial for so many among us to expand and maintain the concepts of equality and liberation to all other species. What is done to them is done to all of us.  In case of corona quite literary with the habitat destruction and animal trade leading to one of the deadliest outbreaks of last 50 years, presently with a death toll of 1/200 of HIV and 1/2 swine flue. Yet these last two pandemics the System was capable of normalizing and weathering when just 10 years later the break down is advancing to the point where that is no longer possible.  That is why no matter how isolated, overwhealmed and depressed this might make many of us feel lets not forget that it is in moments like this that a new opportunity for utopian and anarchist conceps presents itself.

Those drunk with new/old powers seldom realize how unstable their creations become when their piramid of hirarchical destruction and opression rests on the shoulders of so many whose communities and habitats have been cratered, bombed, evicted and wiped out time after time. Covid 19 pandemic errupted during the warmest winter on record, with not just subsaharan Africa and Ethiopia experiencing unprecedented crop failure but the global norths food supplies and their own food production becoming more and more affected & unstable.  This is not just a beggining of ever increasing State Power but also its end and true exposure of its weakness and limitations.  We will all join each other in the streets and occupied villages and cities be it under the spectre of State opression or be it in the voids that the State leaves that so many collectives, groups and networks have sprung up to fill.

Hambacher Forst struggle and occupation has for last 8 years filled such a void, an ancient forest being destroyed by largest movable machines on the face of the earth: RWE diggers and as 10s, 100s and then 1000s faced and blocked the police forces of climate and social chaos we created a community based on utopian principles of antisexism, antispecism, antiracism, antifashism, antihomophobia and anticapitalism.  It has been the autonomy and seemingly temporary nature of the occupation that have made it so special. Now the forest, its last 10% is “saved” as the diggers continue to dig all around and continue to destroy any hope of stable future with their gigatons of extracted carbon and until that stops the fight continues.  With this being just one of the many global & interconnected front-lines of the planetary struggle joing us! As we reach out and join you in projects, actions and occupations.  Stay in touch, keep spreading your message and see you in the streets in the forests and in the mountains!

BELLA CIA! SOLIDARISCHE GRÜSSE

Autonomous Corona Solidarity

 

Disaster Capitalism has only one answer and one “solution” to crisis after crisis of its own making: a permament state of emergency.  Climate Disaster, Refugee Crisis, Global Fires and now a world-wide pandemic are answered to by the State after State with indiference, profiteering, higher levels of surveilance and with police batons.  In effect millions are awaken to the realization of the the level of opression and indifference shared by all in power.  Each crisis result in bottom up and community projects spring up. Mutual Support, Autonous, Anarchist and Community groups stepping in to fill the holow shell of the state and replace its empty promises and respond to its threats.

Each crisis raises new question and brings new issues to the forefront. Showing interconnectess and continuity of one crisis and each struggle to the next.  Climate Catastrophe and Habitat destruction resulting in more species being displaced harvested and exploited transmitting desease after desease to the human population, as if defending itself.  Vegan Animal Rights perspective points that this situation is not limited to China and the trade and consumption of wildlife and endangered species from which the covid 19/Corona virus seems to have jumped the species barrier. Even larger disaster is being brewed by the factory-farm-complex with its mass use of antibiotics in the feed resulting in a longer and longer list of antibiotic resistant, in effect bred through negligence, bacterial strains. This at the time when all illusion of social assistance, medical care and refugee rights is being cut back and eliminated.  Action and resistance to this dynamic can and is the only answer.  The battle between ecosystems, communities and global conglomerates and their right wing allies continues. In the end we all will be wearing masks…
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Bure ( F ) : Lejuc Forest occupied again

More info: https://bureburebure.info/
There is also an english version, with a lot of information, but no actual news

UPDATE 20 July:

9h00
Occupied trees : all occupied trees are evicted.

That was a short occupation! But not the last one. In total, since the beginning of the reoccupation attempt, we counted 17 arrests:

  • 8 people in ID checks, everyone is released
  • 8 people in custody, everyone is released
  • 1 person under a judicial supervision with territory ban was arrested and sent to jail for four months for violating their judicial supervision

House occupied in Morschenich

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UPDATE April 24th
18:03 All who were imprisoned on April 23rd and 24th are free.
14:26 Over the next hour and a half, two people from House 1 will be brought before the committing magistrate at the Düren court house. Support desired.
12:50 Police operation ended. Everyone leaving the scene.
12:33 People in the trees are being evicted by climbing cops.
12:32 Eviction of the 2 people on the roof of the new #MAZ that was evicted yesterday is completed. Min. 1 person still in the tree in the garden.

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Spring-clean in Hambi

This week the 2nd Hambi spring-clean will take place!

On March 22, 2019, we meet at the gravel pit at 10:00 o’clock, equip ourselves with garbage bags, garbage tongs and gloves to clean the forest from the garbage. At 3:00 pm the garbage will be picked up. Collecting point is on the L276 at the parking lot next to the slip-road to the ancient motorway A4. more…