We made ​​our move – the board has grown

Four bucket wheel excavators in the open-cast lignite mine Hambach are occupied!

July 4, 2015

At the Climate Games in Amsterdam today countless playgroups make their moves. Team Blue (the police) and the team of industrial companies play their usual strategy: In Amsterdam they want to expand the West port for coal transshipment and in the resident companies they strongly contribute to the fact that the world’s climate passes several points of no return. Thereafter, the further warming would get unpredictable and irreversible. Our teams hamper them, as far as possible without being beaten by Team Blue. Their game objective is to enable a smooth flow of the work of destruction.
This year, a team in the Rhineland has stumbled over the fact that the playing field is not limited to the Amsterdam West Port. While it is folded by all sorts of boundaries together, but we can unfold and make our move at any time, anywhere – after all, the other side also works as good as anywhere in the world.
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Excavator occupations in the open pit of Hambach – Newsticker


July 4, 2015
The latest information at the top.

21:00 All the people involved today have been released from the police station in Düren. We are happy and celebrate the successful campaign!

17:20 On top of the digger at the edge of the pit still flies the Jolly Roger, one lonely person is clearing up ther (or whatever). Occupiers and climbing teams are no longer visible. Still, the excavator stands still.
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We made ​​our move – the board has grown

Four bucket wheel excavators in the open-cast lignite mine Hambach are occupied!

July 4, 2015

At the Climate Games in Amsterdam today countless playgroups make their moves. Team Blue (the police) and the team of industrial companies play their usual strategy: In Amsterdam they want to expand the West port for coal transshipment and in the resident companies they strongly contribute to the fact that the world’s climate passes several points of no return. Thereafter, the further warming would get unpredictable and irreversible. Our teams hamper them, as far as possible without being beaten by Team Blue. Their game objective is to enable a smooth flow of the work of destruction.
This year, a team in the Rhineland has stumbled over the fact that the playing field is not limited to the Amsterdam West Port. While it is folded by all sorts of boundaries together, but we can unfold and make our move at any time, anywhere – after all, the other side also works as good as anywhere in the world.
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Arts and Culture Festival 2015

From July 20th until 26th 2015, there will be a colorful and creative protest on the meadow occupation against lignite mining in the Hambach forest.

If you like creative things as painting, music, clowning, building huts and barricades, gardening in a community, self-organized performances, yoga, circus or other artistic exchange, then you’re on a right place here.
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CALLOUT to Pyhäjoki / Finland

A callout by our friends in Finland to fly by at their camp against a newly built nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki.

CALLOUT: July approaches, the eviction threat grows – get yourself to Hanhikivi post-haste!

Fennovoima-Rosatom’s nuclear power project is now at a critical point.
Fennovoima is supposed to hand over the keys – symbolical and concretical – to Rosatom on the 1st of July. However, Rosatom wants – as agreed – the area without troublesome extra attachments.

Requirements for a police-assisted eviction are however not quite ready yet. The people still holding on to their lands and cottages in the area have been sent a message by Fennovoima, in which is demanded that the last missing cottage-keys be surrendered to the company at the latest on Friday 26th of June. If this does not happen, the issue will proceed to the Distraint Authorities [the authority managing forced collection of debts, taxes, etc.] according to Fennovoima. more…

Bucket wheel excavator in the brown coal mine Inden occupied

This action declaration reached us via mail today. The action is still ongoing, see press release below. Updates

DECLARATION OF ACTION

Wenn vier Menschen auf solch behutsame Weise einen Riesenbagger für mehrere Stunden lahmlegen können...

Tonight, four activists occupied a large bucket wheel excavator in the Inden opencast mine. They climbed to the top of the excavator about 70m high. The machine halted is one of the largest machines in the world that normally destroys 24/7, literally churning the landscape. In Inden lignite is promoted for Rhenish mining area above ground, that is: Everything is about being in the way and will be destroyed; who lives about is expropriated and expelled. Where villages, fields, meadows and woods once stood inconceivabley huge holes appear in the landscape, an industrial wasteland to the horizon. Of all of the energy sources, lignite, is ridiculously inefficient, releasing huge loads of CO2 and particulate emissions, and the conversion of power supply to renewables sabotaged with inflexible “baseload plants”.

The event is also a solidarity greeting from the resistance against the Rhenish lignite mining area to the resistance against the meeting of the G7 in Elmau. more…

Digger Occupation – News Ticker

The bottom is being cleared – the top is still untouched
07:50
The eviction of the partial occupation by three persons in the lower / mid range of the excavator is has proceeded quite far. One person is already in custody. The V-shaped steel tube, in which another person’s both hands are chained to each other, has already been cut open, presumably by grinding. Thus, it is anticipated that the two other persons won’t remain on the excavator very much longer.
The three other persons, who occupied the tip of the excavator at 70 meters height with climbing equipment, after all didn’t have any police contact.
One embedded press person is also, after all, in place.
.Climbing Cops arrived
about 06:30
The climbing unit of the police is on site and will probably sooner or later start preparing eviction.
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Activities against occupants of the Hambach Forest

First published in German on 11th February.

In several incidents during the last week, defendors of the lignite open cast mine damaged or destroyed material of the occupations. Among others, several climbing ropes were cut, the tires of a car owned by a person living in the occupation were stabbed and a tent in the new inhabitalbe barricade (“the Hedgehog”) was slit. more…