No subtitles by now, but this is no problem. This report gives a good optical impression of the eviction of the forest autumn 2018, from above and beneath.
Peace to the huts – War to the palaces
The police action on Thursday, Nov.22th,2018, to destroy all soil structures in the barrio Crow’s Nest (German Name: Krähennest) on Thursday shows once again exemplarily how mischievous are the justifications and press releases of the police and their related media.
Contrary to the claims, in Crow’s Nest there were neither barricades nor escape routes, which could have been cleared.
“Garbage and other items that do not belong in the forest”?
It is cynical to describe our kitchen and our teepee with a fire place as rubbish, given RWE’s intention, more…
We feel with the relatives of Steffen/ Sonne #SteffenMeyn, who in this Open Letter to Prime Minister Armin Laschet and Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul express their thoughts and feelings about their experiences:
“Family Meyn, family Fritsche
To the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia
Prime Minister Laschet, Minister of the Interior Reul
Open letter by the relatives of Steffen Meyn
Steffen Meyn has been working for some time as part of his studies at the KHM (Academy of Media Arts) Cologne on a cinematic documentary about the life the of tree house people in the Hambach Forest. Their aim is to prevent the clear cutting of the forest for the purpose of producing lignite. When the tree houses were cleared by police, these events were also part of his cinematic observations. more…
Steffen Meyn ∗ September 11th, 1991 – † September 19th 2018
You are always where we are!
Our heart is filled with the love
you shared with us.
We smile, are happy and thankful,
because you lived with us.
Our eyes see all that you left behind.
We do what you would have wanted:
Opening our eyes, loving, smiling, carrying on.
Encountering with esteem and respect
the humans, the animals, the nature.
Preserving the creation, responsibly
dealing with the environment, with Mother Earth and that we
represent our values with love, courage, strength, stamina and
steadfastly with God’s help.
In our hearts you are living on, your doing, your being. more…
“This week the judge decided to make the eviction of the Swamp possible. This means that birds, rabbits, bats, rats, insects and people lose their living space and a young forest will be killed. All to make space for more asphalt, another distribution center and a busparking that could be built somewhere else. The judge ignored that the owner; Borghese Real Estate B.V., hasn’t even asked for permits to cut the trees on the part of the Swamp that is not destroyed yet. more…
Dear Hambis, I just sent this message to my brother-in-law. It needs no further explanation:
Hello X, I hear you are worried about the garbage in Hambach Forest. Rightly so. Unlike what the police wants to make us believe, it was created during the evictions, as the tree houses were scattered on the forest floor, along with everything in there, including windows. But something has been done in the meantime. This was a message from October 14 on Twitter:
Today was #Hambiputz @Oaktown1312 is full of broken pieces. Help Clumsy & Co with shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, possibly sieves, firm bags or similar, gloves. We first collected shards in one place. #HambacherWald #Hambibleibt.
There are a lot of people who walk around barefoot, at least in the never-ending summer. You can see all the pictures from before the eviction: nowhere but a pinch of garbage.
The bat caves are now free again. Bat rescue action more…
To celebrate the day of the end – for the time being – of the eviction in the Hambi, RWE is erecting fences and the Meadow Camp is raided
Today is Wednesday, 10/03/2018, German Unity Day, reason enough for RWE once again to build a fence. In and around Hambach Forest.
The clearing of the more than 60 tree houses began on September 13th. Yesterday, on Tuesday, October 2nd, after 19 days for the time being, was its end.
Within the last week – contrary to the promised moment of rest after the death of Steffen – the remaining tree house villages were evicted. The operation was characterized by massive negligence, as well as violent police intervention. more…
On Oct. 1st eviction of Paragraph 11 took place, a tree house build by a Guild of Traveling Carpenters as a community space for those blocking RWE coal in Hambach Forest. It became a true community during Monday resistance against Fossil Fools forces of repression and destruction that have been ravaging and destroying all forest occupations, tree houses and cutting 100s of trees for last 3 weeks plus in what has been the biggest police operation in the history of North Rhine – Westphalia. more…
UPDATE: Meanwhile, this year’s deforesting season has been banned by the Oberverwaltungsgericht (Higher Administrative Court) in Münster, a couple of days after this speech. Suddenly, the presence of police “for security reasons” does not seem to be necessary anymore. Of course, that has nothing to do with each other.
Sept. 30th, 2018 – During today’s forest walk, among other things, this speech was held by an activist from the forest. How nice to finally see many non-uniformed people on the “Secu-Road” (aka L276)! Many thanks also to all other speakers for the colorful variety of contributions. (And also thanks to some other Hambi activists, of whose spontaneous contributions we unfortunately have no video footage.)
You can see the speech here (German) and/or read it here:
For 16 days the police has been clearing the occupations in Hambach Forest.
For 16 days this forest has been besieged constantly by dozens of hundertschaft units, eviction tanks, elevators and special task units. For 16 days, the state has been running on all its superiority in order to hammer the message into the heads of a few hundred anarchists that a resisting, wild and free life is not to be tolerated. more…
In the last years Hambach Forest has become an international symbol of climate justice! So has every single occupation that stood firm against RWE Climate Killer coal for last several years, and continues in our hearts and our stories long after it is physically gone.
One occupation, Lorien, remains and has done so for the last 2 weeks of intense blockades involving tripods all around this tree-sit barrio reinforced by sit-down more…