RWE Clears out lumber from last Fall 2 day cutting season

Today at the end of the secu road and along the old A4 RWE has been loading the cut trees that have been there since the end of last year’s stopped 2 day cutting season.  That stoppage has been one of the celebrated points of Hambi Forest occupation.  Since then the District Government of Arnsberg has declared that the forest will not be preserved and cutting of the last portion of the forest will continue from 2018 to 2020. (In Northrine-Westphalia this District Government is responsible for approving any mining activities. This authority is subordinate to the state government of RWE, so their position was to be expected. See also our article District Government Arnsberg approves deforestation from October on. This decision will certainly be appealed in court.)

RWE showing up to pick up couple hundred tons of wood is in effect preparation and clearing of the way for the next cutting season.  This action was not guarded by the cops but by only RWE private security.   It is also symbolic how the financial value put on ecosystems in the capitalist context results in destroying precious ecosystems like Hambi.  Lets not make this privatize life and nature as it vanishes in the name of profit too easy for them,

District Government Arnsberg approves deforestation from October on

Not surprising and yet deeply distressing? The district government of Arnsberg approves the main operating plan 2018-2020 and thus the further deforestation of the Hambach Forest from October 2018 on.

Here you can read the press release of the he district government in German: https://www.bezreg-arnsberg.nrw.de/presse/2018/03/063_18_03_29/index.php

What does this mean for us? It’s just another proof that jurisdiction has nothing to do with justice. That profit interests prevail over environmental and human rights. And that coal exit remains manual work.

The attempts to criminalise and isolate our protest are more obvious than ever: Never have so many active people been in prison for so little offence. At the same time, they try to describe things as if the violence came from our side, and we were to blame if the police felt compelled to evict the occupations and to destroy the forest because of danger ahead. It is more necessary than ever to counteract this. Let’s start preparing for the upcoming clearing season. It’s time to found local groups, to organise, or to take another semester off, to quit your job or drop out of school, and to plan a deforesting season in the Hambi.

Because for a climate of justice we have to fight ourselves.

SOLIDARITY TO HAMBI & THE RESISTANCE FROM PONT VALLEY OCCUPATION

Stormy Clouds Sunset over Pont Valley Protection Camp


Lots of warm solidarity and support from Pont Valley Protection Camp to all defending Hambacher Forest and full spectrum of their supporters following evictions of barricades this time by the police and imprisonment of now 2 additional Climate Justice Political Prisoners together with UP2(kept for past 2 month in isolation with “evidence” being kept from the defense) making now the #freeHambi3. The disaster martial law capitalism steps up its bullshit this time instead of after communists and labour activists going for environmental, climate and direct action activists first as Rheine Energy CEO/Police Chief, Herbert Reul and his fossil fools disaster capilast New Frei Corps of North Rhine Westphalia Interior ministry police sweeps up the opposition. As climate disaster deepens, ecosystems collapse accelerates, nuclear proliferation and militarization is an accepted by the masses fucked up reality while militant resistance is delegitimized, criminalized and appropriated for media green-scare campaigns. Firecrackers and pocket knives become dangerous weapons as politically cynical capitalist conspiracy of repression continues its campaign of divide and conquer by pushing community and civil initiatives to be further and further apart from radical part of the movement. Through fear and reformists empty promises of change forcing some to engage in follow ups of repressions with external retraumatizing critiques. more…

Police in the Forest Again

Continuation of 3/19: Barricade Eviction in the Forest

3/21/2018
8:24 Large police action in the forest, apparently demolition of barricades, several forest roads are currently blocked by cordons of police.
9:00 Police at the railway station of Buir.
9:30 Forest roads to Lorien are cleared. Tripod at Jesus point is cleared. Currently clearing between North and Deathtrap.
10:00 Cops in sight of the Gallien Tower. Several „Wannen“ (= police vans) at Lorien. more…

REALITY OF LIFE IN NRW/RWE LIGNITE PRISONS

My name is Jus and on   2015-07-22 I was arrested during a large scale police operation in Hambacher Forest. That day after 8 hours of being removed from a concrete lock-on on top of the Remis tower I was vacumed up into the North Rhine Westphalia prison system for the next 3 months. For the first 23 days of my imprisonment I ramained on hunger strike protesting RWE continous destruction of Millenarian Hambacher Forest(my, and many other climate and eco activist’s home), its and Lignite Open Cast Mine and its effect on the destabilizing the Planet climate.

During the whole duration of my hunger strike

1.I was kept completely isolated and incomunicado from my lawyer who was not alowed to see me for over 21 days with the prison staff refusing him access claiming that he was not my lawyer and did not appear as such in their files.

2. The jail medical doctor was not only verbally and psychologically agressive and was not interested in the state of my health as much as in coercing me to sign consent forms that would alow the state to force feed me if I lost conciousness. He constantly informed me that hunger striking is not a form of protest but a terrorist tool(echos of RAF prisoners and their deaths in prison). Tried to scream at me, which stopped quickly when being screamed back at and having the door to his repression central “clinic” banged on( All of this is what made it convienient for years for RWE securities to drop of at the local prison long list of our forest activists who suffered broken noses, wrists and arms, as well as head injuries. Then detaining them for months as they recovered with charges of having attacked the security guards. With the later having of course no injuries to show for and being free to destroy last unique habitats on the continents and polute and destroy the whole planet)

3. All my mail was blocked for the duration of the hunger strike, for 21 days for what seemed like months I was completly isolated from the outside as I did not even have any adresses with me to write to anybody on the outside. It felt like I was locked away with the key having been thrown out. Seeing how western parliamentary democracies were not just outsourcing repression and human rights abuses to the global south but were and are more than willing to nourish them at home.

4. I was put in the same prison cells with individuals that not only threatened me with physical violence but who went through a long list of questions that included.
a. list of european capitals and who, especially anarchists, I knew there.
b. what was the state of my funds(excact wording) especially for my defense
c. insisted, yes (really!) that I write them a letter with a description of what I did.
(The above was basically a dynamic of ultra repressive regime’s interogation, complete with confession)

5.  Sleep Deprivation throughout and after the hanger strike by being  woken every half an hour as hunger strike was used as pretext to put me on suicide watch and wake me up every half an hour to check whether I was still alive.

6. With chants of “Seig Heil” and “Allah Akhbar” constantly raging out of cells on both sides of mine , it was I defending the forest from RWE who was classified as an violent extremist and prevented from exercising and sports while both the natzis and the religious fundamentalist were not and were on very friendly  terms with each other and the prison officials.

During all of this and afterwards I have received no support from many of the local more reformists and citizen groups that have affiliated themselves with Hambacher forest. Which to me showed the after-shocks of state and corporate disinformation and media campaigs, it reflected the wider echo like circles of repression affecting those manywith fear, paranoia and distance. Which was to be expected from all who believe the present system can be transformed or salvaged. However I was and to this day consinues to be deeply dissapointing that during my whole imprisonemnt I also did not receive a single letter from local coal and radical prisoner support groups asking if there was anything I could use. Ironic given that being an info nerd I have not only seen but also distributed their fliers and literature containing accounts for donations for prisoner support – The same groups to which I now openly and indignantly not just apeal but demand that they do take a more forward role with the 9 and do not leave them feeling so forgoten! And more than to you it is a message to all to not just be ready but aready form one person cells that recreate and actively continue what larger prison support groups set up to do.  There is no other way as the state driven  solutions to resource collapse, extinction, and  climate chaos are more fossil fuel extractions are more repression and militarization.  As this happen the night of capitalism might be a short one but it will definitevely be a dark and cold one….so bundle up  >:) and make sure that you have matches or a lighter at all times as hypothermia is a really shitty way to go.

However there _was_ a phenomenal ammount of support from individuals and small groups from animal rights, feminists, anarchists, anti-authoritarian struggles and scenes…etc. Many of whom have got to know the ugly face of repression first-hand and who have made the, hopefully, life changing decission not to isolate themselves in a thick cocoon of privalage and distance as the planet continues to burns and the toolbox of repression is ever expanded. It is only for countless peaople like you through out the ages that many of us can choose the direction in which we can walk to and why there is still the present number of species and habitats still precariously holding on in forgotten, defended and hard to get places.

I deeply believe now that empathy and solidarity have this in common that it is not easily possible for somebody who has never been hungry and thirsty to realize how elemental and symbolic food and water can be. Just the same as it is not possible for anybody who has never been alone or been repressed or abused to realize how powerful of an act writting a letter or couple words on a postcard can become.

FreeHambi9 Solidarity from 250th Anti Fraport Protest

Solidarity to Hambi9 from inside the Frankfurt Airport during the 250th Monday protest, when over 300 people who marched through terminal 1. They protested against the constant airport expansion, this time for discount airlines, generating more climate destroying pollution and cutting forest habitats such as Trebur Wald. Also this is now being occupied with over 3 tree-sits and ground structures. more…

FREE THE HAMBI 9

 

Unprecedented Nine activists are being imprisoned pending trial fallowing Monday road clearing to open the heart of the forest to RWE’s lignite extraction.   Three of the comrades are in Aachen, and six in Cologne Ossendorf having been declared  to be a flight risk for remaining anonymous.

With the reluctance and the inability of the North Rhine Westphalia and German national governments to cut its dependence on coal the crossectional Forest and Climate struggles have gained considerably in diversity  and strenght making the following possible:

1. This barricade clearing action  being the largest and longest in 6 year history of the Forest occupation.
2. Parts of the forest roads remaining blockaded with monopods and tripod after oprox 1000 cops left the forest.
3. Over 30 treehouses and platforms in 13 forest barrio occupations protecting this millenarian Forest remain standing and safe for the time being.

As “The 9” were being pulled off skypods, walkways, monopods, tripods, treehouses, from the tops of eviction equipment and after 11 hours also out of a 5 meter hole and as those “dangerous”, “criminal”, “autonome” and “terrorist” poets, writers, punks and musicians were being brutalised the ruling class parties of SPD, and AFD showed up at this RWE planetary crime/disaster scene playing their extractionist multinational puppet roles turning all of this into a PR photo op.

They brought with them thousand cops, (helicopters, dogs, mounted police and mass equipment, and “public” ambulances “for police only”) yeah they also brought with them, whether they realised or not, sinister overtones of nationalist politicians once again present and supervising forces of repression in action. With members of the resistance this time not being armed and killing their invaders instead this time immobilizing themselves with chains, bike locks and concrete and standing there in plain sight awaiting arrival of their oppressors. Fascists would refer to partisans as bandits – this time we* are being referred to as terrorists. Terrorist is orders of magnitude more loaded and antagonizing propaganda term so appropriately instead of capture being followed by intense torture and then summarily execution what takes place now is infiltration, electronic surveillance and psychological warfare followed by evictions, arrests and imprisonment with a tail end comprising a holocaust of irreversible deforestation, climate change and extinction.

RWE’s opencast mines devouring towns,villages and ancient forests that are our homes, poisoning the whole planet with their cocktail of toxins and largest single CO2 emissions in Europe. Solid reminder that We* at the Hambacher Forest and countless other environmental, indigenous and anti-capitalist direct action struggles world-wide are truly not just fighting for our lives but also defending the lives of countless other species, and not just fighting for a world worth living on but for a Planet on which life as we know it is possible at all. Justice simplified here as mere global survival.

 

Justice which the Hambi 9 are not awaiting but of which they have become a symbol and harbringers of. They stepped up, now it is our* turn to warm ourselves and cook on the fires of mutual support and solidarity taking the resulting food, ideas, music and action into the streets and forests, sharing it with the oppressed, atomized and alienated in communities and forests under attack.

FOR THE EARTH!!

FOR THE HAMBI 9!!!

* Hambacher Forest is a horizontalist anti-authoritarian struggle in which all present speak for themselves and nobody else. The Pronouns: “We” and “Us”(with other pronouns remaining anonymous  and  ambigious) here refers to the community of countless organisms that form the web of coexistence and mutual support of all organisms functioning in unison, forming the larger Superorganism we know as Earth.

 

A supporters account of barricade evictions

Arrived at 8.00 in the forest. When I wanted to go to tripod (Jesuspoint) towards Gaul, 3 policemen (presumably SWAT Hambach) arrived. They made derogatory and offensive remarks to the activists. When I arrived in Gaul, I met several local citizens and supporters. In Gaul, there were about 14 police officers from the evidence preservation units, they took pictures and videos(those are later used to prepare treehouse evictions and other large scale actions). more…