Hey folks, the Winter is approaching it’s end ans a new spring with actions in and around the Hambach Forest is coming up. In the Forest Festival on 4th and 5th April 2015 we will celebrate three years of forest- and meadow occupations, and subsequently there will be another Skillsharing Camp from 6th until 12th April 2015.
We still have loads of flyers, placards, stickers and texts, which are waiting for a space in your infoshops and projects and would like to be distributed. If you want to have any material sent to you, send us an e-mail with the subject “infostuff” to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Notice the German spelling!)
For further infos on the Skillsharing Camp, click here.
You can also download the flyers below in order to print them yourselves. more…
New living Barricade
Since a few days, shelters a spiky hedgehog, blocking one of the main crossroads in the Hambach Forest. It’s a type of watchtower, surrounded by other barricades and trenches. The barricade, which is occupied 24 hours a day, was visited this morning by RWE Security-Forces. Unfortunately, they also came very close to the squatted meadow and therefore had to be accompanied out of the forest by some people.
In the last days, increasingly often security guards patrolled the forest on “our side” of the closed down highway. Yesterday, the climbing rope of the Beechtown-Occupation was cut again.
Let’s go to the Skillsharing Camp in the forest of Hambach April 6 – 12, 2015 / Germany-Cologne
Spring’s coming and the forest will wake from its slumber and the first greenery will be stretching towards the sun. The birds arrive and yet again forest of several kilometres of length and 200 metres of width has been destroyed.The “No tree will fall” campain, the wintertime and the seasonal deforestation are coming to a close. There were blockades, occupations, discussions, vigils, trials and detentions. By appearing in public and in the media and going into debate we have brought our rejection of technologies that are hostile to life, like gaining electricity from coal, into the open. Because it’s no use to hope for a different world, you must fight for it. More infos
This is a film from the action around the occupation “neuland” on 28. Nov. 2014
“Neuland” – Replacement, Escalation, Chaos-28.Nov 2014
The text about the situation on 28.Nov 2014:Neuland” – Replacement, Escalation, Chaos
The text about the evicted on 4.Dez 2014:Evicted “Neuland”
” Hands off the trees ” days of action and a more interesting event in the forest because: The forest educator Michael Zobel ( Aachen ) Loads for post-Christmas walk in the woods on Sunday 28.09 in Hambach forest at 12 clock.
Walk: 28.09.2014 at 12 0´clock
Actiondays. 30.12-01.01.2015 : 27.02-01.03 : 27.03.-29.03
Hands off the trees! — Mobilization Flyer / A5, black & white
Hands off Trees Flyer
Films from the start of the “hands off the trees” actions / skillsharing camp october 2014 films-skillsharing-camp-10-2014
( italiano )-Foresta di Hambach, giorni di azione/passeggiata nel bosco
Giorni d’azione “Giù le mani gli alberi” ed un evento più interessante nella foresta perché: l’educatore della foresta Michael Zobel (Aachen) sta preparando una passeggiata post natalizia nel bosco per domenica 28 dicembre nella foresta di Hambach per le ore 12. more…
We have just received the following explosive information:
In spite of massive surveillance, the “tree sitter” who has been fenced in by security guards since 4 days, has now been successfully replaced, by another activist!
The tree occupation “Neuland” at the edge of the open cast mine Hambach continues! more…
Today we’re sending messages of solidarity to the blockade at the SUNCOR refinery in Montreal, Quebec that took place yesterday, to the Banc Expropiat squat under threat of eviction in Barcelona, Spain, and to the resistance against the gold mine in Skouries, Greece.
Early on October 7, four women blockaded the SUNCOR refinery Montreal using tripod and lock-on techniques. This was to protest the reversal of Enbridge’s Line 9B oil pipeline, which will be bringing Tar Sands oil from Alberta through Montreal for export. more…
Today, on October 1st 2014, the demonstrations against the ongoing clearance of the Hambach Forest continue at the gates of Europe’s biggest open cast mine.At 09:25 am three bulldozers, one chain dredger and one truck were occupied at the gateway of the open cast mine Hambach.
The workers of RWE and the hired security reacted violently. They attacked the demonstrators with metal pipes. Diggers which were occupied by persons sitting on them continued to move, disregarding the fact that this was a serious thread to the activists’ lives.
Due to the violence performed by RWE’s wageworkers the activists were displaced from the territory already 15 minutes later. They withdrew to avoid further violent escalation.
Is the planned destruction of a forest more important than the health of human beings?
Further information on today’s events and pictures will follow soon!
Despite the violent behaviour of the workers nobody was injured seriously. Here are pictures showing the action more…
During the night to September 30, activists occupied a tree near the edge of the open cast mine Hambach. The tree is one of many that is supposed to give way for the brown coal mine Hambach during the cutting season that starts on October 1.
“This destruction is only one example emphasizing the value of environment and humans in this economic system!”, one of the tree occupiers says.
“The open cast mine, one of the biggest producers of CO2 in Europe, is not only responsible for the expulsion of humans and the deforestation of one of the last primeval forests in Middle and Western Europe. It is also having an impact on the world climate. Thus, it is jointly responsible for heatwaves, droughts and floodings. Thereby whole ecosystems are collapsing, especially in the Global South, and many people lose their livelihood.”
With this action the activists want to oppose the destruction of life and call everyone to get involved in the conservation of our livelihood.
“We see ourselves as a part of a global movement, which is accusing the profit of individuals in disadvantage of everyone! We are in solidarity with indigenous peoples all over the world, who are especially suffering from the power of companies and who in some cases effectively manage to resist”, another activist says.
The Link to the fotos:GrubenBlick
Today, the new part of the Autobahn, which they built to help further the expansion of the mine, will be opened with an official celebration. Apparently, the police chose the same day to disturb our resistance in the forest and on the meadow. They appeared as early as 8:00h this morning and are giving us trouble since then. Follow us here today, we will regularly publish new updates, ticker-style.
8:00 First appearance of cops in the forest and on the meadow, building up to around 100 cops at 8:30
8:20 Person attacked by police for now reason, except asking what they want
8:30 Removal of barricades on the forest paths, takes them about 2 hours
10:20 Police are trying to evict beech town (tree occupation) destroying everything on the ground – climbing units are present
10:30 Police are amassing at plane hangar close to meadow – we’re no longer reachable by car
11.20 Police van by the meadow occupation
11.40 Police and RWE on way to destroy kitchen near meadow
11.50 Food packs for the police (it locks that they want to work longer)
12.00 The opening of the highway A4 starts – 400 people on official opening (honored guests) The demonstration against it with 50 people works, but not directly by the opening party, 50 police are there – traffic minister talking shit
12.10 the barricades to düren are evicted and the police are blockading the way to beech town
12.28 the police start to come on the meadow occupation, hiding duty numbers. Policeblock from Aachen: (License Plate NRW-4-4623, picture of police standing on the meadow )
12.50 the official opening at the highway is over.
13.10 police “retreats” a bit, leaving oaktown, a treehouse occupation, for now.
13:20 Police no longer visible on the meadow
13:25 News from the forest – one harvester (machine for cutting trees) is damaged (fluids leaking out)
13:30 People are doing a sitting blockade in the Forest, on the way to beech town occupation
13:40 A small group of people got controlled by Police, one person arrested for lack of I.D.
13:40 Harvester is driveable again, but is leaving the Forest, protected by RWE and Police
15:00 No more police or other enemies in the Forest – one security car was passing through the removed barricades, but left again quite quickly. The ticker will go on break for now, if there’s any more action we’ll be updating again.
some pictures of today: 16.09.14