There is very high possibility of attempts to evict the The Pont Valley Protection Camp this week which like other Fracking Site protests, blockades and autonomous land occupations in England is facing the use of the Common Law Eviction, also known as “Owners Right to Self-Help” allowing the corporations involved and the property owners leasing to them to employ Bailiffs and private security to evict activists without court proceedings or much of a warning. This is done by showing up at the site issuing a warning and then after couple hours proceeding to remove the occupiers. In this type of eviction the Police does not get involved and does not assist and no arrests are made as long as bailiffs are not physically fought. That is why legal observers and videographers are important on the scene. Also neither bailiffs nor security is trained or insured for lock-on, tripod,or tree removal. They also count on low numbers of resistors as if there is more people it is possible to resist their removal from the Site.
So please spread the word if you can not show up and support the Pont Valley struggle in person. If you can, pack your backpack and head over to the camp located outside of Dipton, near Newcastle.
Tomorrow at 7:00 pm Hambach Forest and #FreeHambi4 Solidarity event will be held at Freedom Books, London. It will include a presentation, documentary screening, an exhibit of photos and prisoner solidarity art with prisoner letter writing and a vegan dinner. Please help us spread info to people in the region as obviously this is a last moment event. Short update from Pont Valley protection camp will also be given.
Freedom Books is located right outside Aldgate, before White Chapel, tube station. Located in a passage on the side of White Chapel Art Gallery.
RWE and Vatenfall continue to receive their Colombian Blood-Coal Imports from 2 companies operating their mines in Cesar region bordering Venezuela. Both of these companies: Drummond and Prodeco have been using right-wing paramilitaries as their private security force which has committed over 3,000 killings, over 59,000 forced removals and the disappearance of at least 240 people all in the region affected by coal mining. Nine different independent sources have confirmed that Drummond AUC made substantial financial contributions to the main right wing group in the region, Juan Andrés Alvares front. The payment methods ranged from direct cash payments to covert transfers via service providers and transfers of f set percentage yields of the mine operators. Drummond also ordered it official private security company AUC to remove “suspicious persons” from its premises. Telephone orders to do so resulted in the killing of these persons. more…
Although we have a lot to do as usual (there are many barricades to be built) – of course enough time remains to send solidarity greetings to our comrades in Greece!
If you want to know something about the fight against the destruction of the environment in the Greek Halkidiki, here is an insight:
https://griechenlandsoli.com/2018/01/09/der-goldene-tod/ (in German)
Long live the Antinational Solidarity!
Call to Action for grass-roots idependent assesment of biodiversity of Hambacher Forest.
RWE’s decission not to cut the Millenarian Hambacher Forest resulted in preventing the case from going to arbitration and having the forest be considered to be an area of exceptional biodiversity and protection under Natura2000 which would prevent it legally from being cut at all. The present outcome only “saves” the forest for next 9 month giving time for “political” solution which in the presently changing to the right political climate(largely as the only oportunistic response to social and ecological degradation) could signify large scale repressive actions before the next cutting season to remove the forest occupations and the Meadow Camp which for over the last 5 years have been resisting the ecological and climate destruction taking place in Hambi making the resumption of cutting next year easier for RWE.
The last remaining portion of Hamacher Forest remains in the meantime and for still limited and uncertain time one of the last continously surviving for the last 12000 years forests in europe harboring a truly unique biodiversity. The next 9 months could be the last chance to document the disapearing uniqueness of insect,plant and animal life inhabiting the forest. No scientific or professional certification but only interest, energy and action is necessary. To take part all you need to do is select and study a book listing the species you are interested in from lichens and mushrooms to birds, etc in gather the necessary tools such as binoculars or magnifying lenses and log your finds in a notebook including location, time, specie involved and include photos with in case of plant and insects with a phone or gps receiver shown in the photo displaying the coordinates of the find. All the collected material especially endangered organisms on the red list are very important parts of the struggle to preserve and defend the forest through direct-action(in this case getting closer and getting to know and documenting what we are defending) and through legal-wrenching methods deployed by the BUND-NRW.
This sunday we will look at the ornithological biodiversity of the forest so bring a pair of binoculars. Please soncintact Hambi email hambacherforst at riseup.net with the subject Hambi Naturalists if you are interested and also spread the word of the projects to amateur and semi-profesional groups with focus on biodiversity as well as biology departments at universities. If you try unis in the region prepare to be disapointed as many have been coopted by RWE into silence and inaction on the subject through RWE doations and “green-washing” project ultimately reminding and mobilizing those among us who know that corporate and government conservation equals acceptance of bulldozers and chainsaws as instruments of “bio-preservation”
We do not need to be saved from ourselves by future waves of repression the same way last natural outposts of exceptional biodiversity like Hambacher Forest do no need saving for 9 months so chainsaws can start as soon as some “political”/corporate solution/loophole is found. The decision for action and to experience and learn, share and documet this biodiversity could be the last and it is once again up to all of us.
hambacherforst at riseup.net
Today is the last day on which BUND and NRWE can adopt a position on the settlement proposal (yes or no). Meanwhile they did so. According to Andreas Pinkwart (FDP), the NRW Minister of Economic Affairs, this winter there will be no more deforestation in the rest of the once large Bürgewald.
Sure, we’re happy. We rejoice for the bats and dormice, for the middle-spotted woodpeckers to whom they owe their homes, for the pedunculate oaks, the hornbeam, the lily-of-the-valley and all living beings in and around the forest. Also with the humans who – with their persistence in the forest, in the courtrooms, in citizens’ initiatives, in guided nature tours, in the procurement of building materials and food, in lectures throughout Europe, writing, filming, translating, collecting signatures and so many other things – made possible the current interim result.
The e-mail below was sent to us:
I wrote down a bit to counter the confusion / uncertainties / rumors about the B.U.N.D. NRW lawsuits, the clear-cutting stop and the turn of the year. I hope this is helpful for you and will give you a better starting position to get active in preserving the forest! At the bottom you’ll find a newspaper article from today’s AN. more…
A similar program will take place on Wednesday, 20.12.2017, from 7:00 pm in Klapperfeld, Frankfurt am Main.
“Protestfrühstück vor der RWE Zentrale in Köln! Wir wollen gemeinsam frühstücken, protestieren und vielleicht was Schönes malen. Die Aktion wird am 13.12 um 10-12 Uhr vor dem RWE-Standort in Köln stattfinden. Stüttgenweg 2 50935 Köln ”
In Leipzig gibts 2 Veranstaltungen:
13.12. 18:30 LinXXnet – Bornaische Straße
Vortrag & Diskussion, aktuelle Lage im Hambacher Forst von Waldbesetzer*innen
danach gemeinsames umziehen ins Liwi zu SoliKüfa & Solitresen
14.12. 19.00 G16 (Gießerstraße) Input zur aktuellen Lage & Entwicklungen
seit Rodungsbeginn 2017
+ Waldmusik von Besetzer*innen aus dem Forst und weitere Acts, Küfa & Tresen
It has been revealed by Jürgen Döschner an investigative reporter from WDR in an expose posted online as an article and an audio report that local municipalities of Mönchengladbach, Erkelenz, Jüchen, Titz have been co-opted by a lobbying association linked to RWE that has forced those cities to enter into an agreement with the company to secretly notify RWE represetatives when any debates and/or decissions concerning this Climate Killer copany are about to take place. It can only be presumed that this would give the company time to activate its Revolving Door Option offering often seen in the region and elsewhere where fossil fuels industry is wrecking the planet chance to join the company after their term as a “representative” is over.
Just another alarm bell for those still walking around in a stuppor that the “expert” decission on whether Hambach Forest is a unique habitat that should be preserved(for this no expert is needed but just one look into any book on unique forests of europe to verify this well know fact) will be a positive one.
Another reminder to keep the support structures going and that the only effective response to capitalist world-view based on corruption and exploitation is resistance and solidarity.
Thursday, November 28 was the day when we dodged a bullet. An evictions of the forest after 3 days of cutting were to start involving thousands of cops. Parking spaces were reserved for police use only at the local train station. Then after two days of celebratory actions on Tuesday eve and on Wednesday, something peculiar started happening at Buir train station. Around the places previously reserved for cops, first 3 mobile offices and then crates of equipment were dropped off. The gear contained 5 boxes of batteries for walkie-talkies, portable power cubes and 4 full crates(!) of surveyors tripods. more…