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…
20:47 Meanwhile Ghost Town is encircled by four floodlights and two eviction tanks.
20:00 A parliamentary observer is on the way to Ghost Town.
18:52 Press come to Ghost Town, please! Police do not let in water, bottles are emptied in front of the occupants and thrown into the forest. Officer in charge: Who wants to drink must first get out, behind the barrier tape.
17:00 The RWE action is over and people are coming back to the meadow again.
16:11 RWE is causing massive destruction on the meadow.
15:50 In Ghost-Town peace has returned. more…
On Sept. 18th, the companies Gerken (no english version of their press release) and Cramer (english) withdrew their lifting platforms from the evacuation of the Hambach Forest. We hope that this important and responsible step will to catch on. Both companies had been made aware of the improper use of their devices by attentive forest walkers. We thank them for these hints.
In their statements, both companies also point out that they have not been informed in advance about the intended use of their machines. That’s why we recommend for lifting platform rental:
Disclaimer in all leases – No deployment for evictions more…
September 25th and later.
20:19 Current status Kleingartenverein: Last machines are withdrawing. All tree house remains are removed. One tree house is still standing with several people and sporadic people on trusses / trees. Police with a floodlight installation and about 50 cops on site.
19:50 Police announce that they will be closing time for today in KGV.
19:29 In Kleingartenverein still eviction with floodlight in progress.
18:57 The blocked trains run again since about 5:30 pm. Eleven activists were detained. People are already waiting for them and others in front of the GeSa Aachen. Overall, the coal trains were blocked for about 8 hours.
18:43 In Kleingartenverein now 2 lifting platforms. After Dialektik now also Jelka vacated, accompanied by accordion music and vocals. In Rentnerglück (pensioner’s luck), the sunset is enjoyed in spite of everything.
18:43 Cops retire behind the safe barrier tape. Cheers from the occupation in Lorien. more…
Every person has a right to experience nature, see the trees, feel the leaf-covered ground under their feet, and hear the calm ambiance of the forest. However, in the 12,000 year old Hambach Forest, the police are making it hard for nature-lovers young and old, to do so.
The whole area in and around the Hambach forest has been officially declared as a “danger-zone”, giving the forces of the state the right to ID-control and search every person entering the area, and some people have been forced to leave the area “prohibited to return” for up to several months. more…
EVICTION CONTINUES, TUNNEL REMAINS, SOLIDARITY IS ACTIVE
Today the eviction of the occupation in the 12,000 Hambach forest continued.
In the northernmost occupation, fittingly named “The North”, police brutally destroyed the homes of the climate-justice activists, which had locked themselves on in order to delay the demolition of the treehouse occupation.
As the day passed, the police ended up “successfully” evicting all of “The North”, including the treehouses Fabacea and Kontiki, and leaving the pieces of the treehouses spread all across the forest floor.
Meanwhile, the police kept working on destroying the Oaktown occupation, bringing down the treehouse Tanit, and beginning the eviction of the common-space of the occupation, the 3-floored Tower.
Besides these, the groundstructure Simona, on which the police have already worked for two days, was taken apart, despite the underground tunnelsystem, in which two people were still locked on.
The tunnel was one of the bigger stories of the day, as the police, despite trying very hard, were still not able to evict the activists from their 10 meter deep chamber.
Throughout the day, the police actively kept national as well as international press at a distance, in order to make it harder for the journalists to give a proper picture of the brutal destruction, and give the activists a voice. Despite this, journalists were able to spread information on the process of the largest police-action in the history of NRW.
Already early in the morning, news about an apparent solidarity action at the Niederaußem coal-power-plant reached us. Here activists erected a tripod, with the banner saying “Hambi bleibt!” (Hambi stays!), and locked on to a conveyor-belt transporting lignite, as well as occupying 3 diggers. This successfully led to the power-plant being brought down to around 20% of its normal capacity.
In and around the occupation, solidarity was also clear to be seen.
Here the action-group Aktion Unterholz arrived with several hundred motivated people, some breaking police-lines and entering the forest, shouting political slogans in support of the occupation, which could be heard by people in the trees, enduring the siege of the police. The action of Aktion Unterholz made a statement against the absurd police-presence, with reference to the city of Chemnitz, where police weeks ago weren’t able to handle extreme-right protesters hunting down immigrants. “Where were you in Chemnitz?!”
Following the example of the last days of eviction, the violent repression directed towards the climate-justice activists was strong.
During the action of Aktion Unterholz, police-officers brutally beat and arrested people, harassed journalists, and even used pepper-spray against demonstrators.
It is estimated that around 30 people were brought to the pre-charge detention centre in Aachen, were supporters outside were awaiting their release, with music, coffee and cake.
Most people brought into the pre-charge detention centre are released within 24 hours.
However, in connection to the eviction of a tripod in the occupied Hambach forest on September 13th, one person was brought into custody jail, for an undefined amount of time. Read more about Andrea (“UP3”) on the blog of ABC Rhineland (https://abcrhineland.blackblogs.org/).
Responsible for the continued violence against activists, journalists and nature, is interior-minister of NRW Herbert Reul (CDU). Despite the wide environmental movement, and the German plans for coal phase-out, Herbert Reul continues to protect the interests of RWE and the coal-lobby with the weapons of the state!
The struggle here continues, and is stronger every day. Although the situation here is tough, we are looking forward to experience individual and collective action of support and solidarity in NRW, Germany, Europe, and all over the world!
Hambi stays, today and forever!
September 15 – Here again the current state, which was last passed from the forest:
- Today the tree houses „Fabacea“ and „Kontiki“ as well as the Skypod (platform hanging free in ropes) in the barrio „Norden“ were evacuated. So there is no longer this barrio, but quite a lot of new anger. One of the expelled residents lodged a lawsuit against the destruction of their living space with our solidary lawyer Christian Mertens; Mertens is ready to support even more residents and others with such a lawsuit. (Specification of personal details required.)
- In addition, a drivable passage was cleared between the barrios „Beechtown“ and „Cozytown“ north of the meadow. There were only footpaths so far.
- Today (September 15), the barricades were cleared between the gravel pit of Collas and the central crossroads in the forest called „Jesus Point“. Firstly, this means further access to the forest and, secondly, it is particularly threatening for the barrio „Kleingartenverein“ (allotment garden) near the gravel pit.
- Yesterday, the half done treehouse ‘Amagir’ had been evicted and got destroied in the barrio „Norden“.
- Since yesterday there is a driveable track from the main path to the Barrios “Oaktown” and “Gallien”. They end at the tree house “Mona” (Oakt.) Or between “Tower” and “Paradise” (Gallien). Every aisle they hit through the forest means tree felling. It is enough! Gallien reports 40 felled trees. To cover that up, stumps and roots were torn out and the holes were filled with sand. However, evidently there was no eviction in Gallien.
- Yesterday in Oaktown the tree houses Pyra, Mona and Stube were evicted. From the cabin Simona the roof was removed, the rest of the hut seems to stand still. There are still two people in the tunnel under the hut. The rest of Oaktown stands (i.e., Floki, Tower, Mouse-House, Nest), the Skypod “Raste” and the low tree house “Hundehütte” (also called Anna Campbell) near “Simona”, there is currently no information.