One year after the opening of highway A4
Buir: “Farewell to the silence – one year after the opening of highway A4”
On September 16, 2014, the new route of the A4 was officially inaugurated. At the invitation of the action group “Buirers for Buir”, on the evening before a farewell to the silence took place as a neighborhood meeting. It should be remembered this year with a neighborhood church service, followed by a picnic on the evening of 15 September.
It is one year ago now, that on the eve of the A4 inauguration members of the action group, along with many neighbors and friends from the lignite-critical network, said farewell to the silence in Buir on the Olbertze Bridge. With “Farewell to the silence – One Year After” should be reminded of the event one year ago. more…
Early this morning two people occupied the main conveyor belt, close to the coal bunk at hambach. This conveyor belt transports coal from all over the mine to the coal bunker, and from there, to the coal trains.
This action is against this system in which big companies are allowed to destroy our earth.
Also in solidarity with our comrade Jus, who is in prison for 6 weeks now. We encourage everyone to show support for Jus in anyway that they see fit. Freedom fo Jus!
The people in the blockade decided to focus on their action and not so much on media, if media has questions they can call the meadow phone: 0157 – 54 136 100
For one hour the workers sprinkled them with cold water. After 6,5 hours the people were removed by police and have been released at 1 pm.
Ende Gelände is a great success of the environmental movement. We of the Interventionist Left were there and want to take a preliminary stock of the campaign. We are looking forward to your feedback and hope in the future we can fight together with you against coal, climate change and capitalism.
On August 15, 2015, we set out with more than 1,000 people from the Climate Camp in Lützerath (Rhineland) to set an unmistakable sign against the devastating lignite industry. We overcame a highway and numerous police cordons, we descended in the apocalyptic coal mine of Garzweiler and finally we blocked there more…
Current Infos on the Lebenslaute concert at the Hambach open pit mine <!–Lebenslaute-Konzert am Hambacher Tagebau–> Map
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More info on the action: Lebenslaute.net – Aktion 2015
Pressemitteilung nach erfolgreicher Baggerblockade. more…
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Düren/Ellen. On Saturday morning, the main conveyor belt in the Hambach open cast mine was blockaded. Four people had their wrists locked to each other in steel tubes in teams of two. This stopped all three Hambach coal diggers from operating for several hours.
The main conveyor belt delivers the lignite from the open cast mine to the train station connected to it. From there it is brought to the nearby power stations via the train, the so called ‘Hambachbahn’. The technical police team first deconstructed the conveyor belt construction in order to bring the activists into an RWE garage, where they were released from their lock-ons.
Only last week-end, other actions of prostest and direct resistance against lignite mining had taken place: There was a mass blockade called ‘Ende Gelände’ and a sequence of train blockades against the ‘Hambachbahn’. The stock price of the energy company RWE has dropped to the lowest level since twenty five years. „The energy giant is sinking“, one activist comments on the situation. „It does not make any sense to go on destroying habitat and emitting incredible amounts of carbon dioxide using the stone-age-technology of lignite combustion, only to save a single company from their own mistakes’ consequences.“
The material cost of these direct actions caused to RWE are not a side effect, but their goal. „Our generation is expected to accept the consequences of false decisions taken fourty years ago. Calling this a democratic process would be eyewashing“, is how one of the activists explains their motivation. „For decades RWE has ignored all arguments in the conflict of lignite mining: climate change, destruction of land, health problems, expropriations, subsidies and countless other problems are accepted, as long as the company has sufficient power and earns enough profit from the destruction. In order to protect ourselves and future generations from this, we have no other options than attacking these profits by means of direct action.“
Since tonight the main transport track inside the open pit mine Hambach is blocked. The action is current, we keep you updated.
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6:00 conveyor belt near the coal bunker is blocked. All halts.
6:30 Quite and happy.
9:30 thre police cars, a security car and an ambilance arrive and park nearby. They just watch so far.
12:30 the first two person have been cut out and are beeing brought to the workshop to remove the lock-on. This was supposedly the last phone call with the occupation.
14:30 One Person has been released in Düren.
15:34 All are free, except Jus.
18:37 A solidary person fetching freed people from Düren has been searched and forced for a drug test. Police hindered to drive for 2 days to wait for the result of the test. This is purely unreasonable and for the only reason of creative repression.
22. August 2015
Radio Rur Musik, Protest und Aktivisten am Tagebau
It’s a big day! Since the early morning, more than a thousand activists are stirring up the coal region.
We will keep you updated here.
“Ende Gelände” has their own Ticker.
Abbreviations: TH=Tagebau Hambach (Hambach Mine), TG=Tagebau Garzweiler (Garzweiler Mine) TI=Tagebau Inden, DI=Demonstration Inden
The crowd is splitting up into several large groups called Fingers
August 15 Ticker
07:00 TG Crowd of over thausand leaving climate camp, chanting “Let’s go Ende Gelände!”
07:10 TG Climbing activists block motorway A61 by abseiling from a Bridge and banner drop – road closed
07:30 TG Green Finger passed under motorway, now free passage to the mine edge – People hurt by pepperspray
08:00 TG Green Finger is on the way into the mine, 30-40 people stopped&surrounded by police – Take Care!
08:10 TG 30-40 People arrested, 5 injured by pepperspray, 2 by police batons
08:20 TG Riot Police entering mine at village Hochneukirch
08.30 TG Mine Security (RWE) is refusing press entry to the protests in the mine
08:31 TG Close Cooperation: RWE AG is driving police into the mine with company jeeps
08:39 TG Police has reached Green Finger, arrests happened – 200 people regroup and make their way to the first digger
08:50 TG Police and RWE Security join forces – first arrests in the mine
08:55 TG WDR Radio confirms Autobahn A61 closed due to climate activists more…
On the 22nd of July the tower – to this date the only remaining living barricade – got evicted. The tower blocked an important access way to the Hambach Forest and its occupation.
During the 14 hours of the eviction, four activists were arrested of who three have been released, while one is in detention awaiting trial in the JVA (jail) in Köln-Ossendorf. Jus is accused of resisting the eviction. The cops are trying to justify the detention by claiming that Jus doesn’t have a legal address and allegedly “no social obligations in Germany”. Therefore, they think that it’s likely that he will “stay away from trial”.
For us, it’s not acceptable that people experience repression based on their activism against the destruction of nature. Therefore we are calling you to join the manifestation on Saturday 25th of July at 2pm in front of the JVA Köln-Ossendorf. We want to be loud and angry and show diverse forms of solidarity with Jus and all prisoners. Furthermore, there will be the possibility to inform oneself about the occupation of the Hambach Forest and about resistance against ignite mining in this area in general.
planestupid.com (“bringing the aviation industry back down to earth!”) blocked heathrow airport today.
As you’re reading this I am sitting in a police cell. I was one of the 12 people from Plane Stupid who were responsible for breaking onto the runway yesterday morning at Heathrow Airport and holding up flights.
The reason we decided to take what might seem like such extreme action is quite simple: we cannot build anymore new airport runways if we are serious about averting climate catastrophe. This action was a message to the Government who now have to make a decision based on a public debate that until now has virtually ignored the climate change implications. Heathrow versus Gatwick? We can’t expand either if we still remain serious about stopping climate change. more
At 11 AM, a press conference took place at the meadow occupation next to the Hambach Forest. Main topic was the occupation of 4 huge diggers in the open cast mine Hambach last weekend. Afterwards, headed to the mine again. 4 Persons locked themselves to a ropebelt conveyor, which transports the excavation material away from the digger, which had to stop his work at once. Others blocked directly the bucket wheel of the digger.
Several people were arrested, but at the moment (16:30), the ropebelt conveyor is still blocked.
Image of press conference: more…