It has been over a year since on August 14,2016 the concrete walls of planned underground radiation storage facility CIGEO (runned by state-funded nuclear company Andra) have been breached and destroyed. Since then a hotbed of ecological antinuclear resistance has blossomed with the defended the Lejuc Forest filling with treehouses and many lines of barricade defenses with live in structures, with La maison de Resistance(The House of Resistance) functioning in the comune of Bure as a resource center housing hundreds of activists and functioning as a defacto cultural center of the movement.
The support and solidarity between the antinuclear and anticoal movement is a strong element of our struggle.
Especially, on the 18th February when a big mobilization against the CIGEO project will be held. It will include demonstration and actions in the direction of the Lejuc Wood, concerts in the evening, and call to an artistic insurrection calling Artists from all horizons, musicians of all kinds, come and make the liberated forest vibrate. Graffiti artists, acrobats, builders, theater people, puppeteers, fire breathers, dancers, pirate artists, painters or sculptors, and more, you are all invited to Bure to let your imagination run wild. Form is free, you can come few days before, with already prepared projects or to organize during the demonstration, performances in the trees, on the ground, in the air…
Düren District Court has now set the trial date for the hearing concerning the actions that took place during the Compost Toilet Eviction over 2 years ago. The date of the process will be the 14th of March in Düren.
Background: During the Skill Sharing Camp of 2014 over 50 riot cops and several pieces of equipment from RWE entered the forest to clear barricades and remove the compost toilets. This action was blocked for many hours by activists locking themselves to the bulldozers, frontloaders and by climbing into the trees in front of advancing equipment.
This trial is reflection of the current trend in the Rhineland of pressing charges against activist who lock themselves to, or block the heavy equipment. It is an attempt to prevent them from engaging in future actions. For this reason lets not forget about those who are being prosecuted and express our solidarity in person and remotely.
Personal Controls have been announced for this trial, meaning that all persons and belonging will be searched and personal information taken in order to enter the courtroom. For those not willing to comply with this there will be the usual outside the courthouse support action with banners, food and info.
1.Etage, boardroom 1.25
To the list of barricading options in the forest from wood piles, ditches, towers, tripods/skypods and sport and exercise structures a new one has been added: It is a rest point and an info board showing species inhabiting the Forest and on the other side having Hambi posters and events. It should also be a good way to know if secus have been to the forest as they are not able to resist the urge to vandalize any info they see posted about Hambacher Forest or Biodiversity, in which case we will send you updates of “before” and “after” photos as has been done with photos of spots in the forest and what the same area looks like clearcuted after RWE touches it with its destructive hand.
Call for Support: If any of you have any posters size prints showing bird, tree/plant or animal species of European Forests that you could share with us for the barricade info board project please send them to:
Hambi Info Board Project
or just bring them to the Meadow.
Last night an evening of letter writting to political, animal rights and ecological prisoners took place in the Roundhouse in the Meadow. We sent our warm greetings of solidarity to those who found themselves on the other side of the walls for fighting for a better world only to be repressed and isolated by the crooked justice serving the special interests of profit. That is why it is so important to remind as many prisoners as possible that they are not alone and to remember that solidarity is our weapon.
List of Ecological Prisoners Behind Bars: http://earthfirstjournal.org/eco-prisoner-list/
Prisoners with Birthdays in February: http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2017/02/02/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-february/
Here is a list of companies working together with RWE (but also with many other oil and coal extractors worldwide) in the coal mining. THese are mostly companies producing the technical equipment RWE needs, such as lorries, cranes, diggers, sorting- and grading facilities, power plant turbines etc.
- ABB Group: power diszribution technology, robotics, offshore drilling rigs, "tailormade solutions for the oil gas and petrochemical industries, as well as for paper, metal and cement plants. active worldwide
- Siemens: automisation, energy technology, power plant turbines and other power plant facilities etc. active worldwide
- FAM Group: Loose goods sorting and grading machines, open cast mine equipment. active worldwide
- Gerken: cherry pickers and cranes. active in europe, mostly active in germany, but has also subsidaries in barcelona and maastricht.
- Actemium Group: extraction technologies, solutions for the oil gas and mining industry; paper and steel plants. active worldwide
RWE’s destruction of the Hambacher Forest and the emissions from its power plants and their impact on the climate and general health is too destructive to allow and as stated by official estimates, to continue into the 2020’s.
As a response once again a human red line will be made at the edge of the clear cutting of the forest to show the public opposition to this destruction and to express support for the Hambach Forest Occupation.
Please come wearing red, with red fabrics and signs and lets draw a human red line to send an urgent message of That is Enough!, Yo Basta, and No More.
Directions: The meeting point will be at 12:00 at Grilplatz Manheimer Burge on the country road heading straight North into the forest out of Buir’s Train station where you should have no problem following the crowd between 10:30-11:30.
For more info you can also contact Michael Zobel, the certified forest guide conducting the walk.
More Photos from Previous Red Lines Actions available below:http://www.flickr.com/photos/127928013@N04/sets/72157676647031073
See You in the Forest
Such cases will only repeat themselves with greater regularity and intensity as RWE and other corporate barons carve out the Planet and local jurisdictions into their private domains and as the effect of their actions on the global climate and ecology is distracted by more and more militarized and violent police actions. Here an analogy of the struggle of Zapatistas comes to mind: In the 90s the Mexican State response to the Zapatistas Uprising was massacres of whole indigenous villages. In the Rhineland the forests are massacred outright, the people are moved away but the villages themselves are also destroyed by the bulldozers and wrecking balls. The carnage however of these actions is not just felt by local biodiversity but also already felt by millions affected by climate chaos world-wide and will take a heavy toll on future generations in the global north as well, presently shielded by their privilege.
As each Spring before there will be a Skill-Sharing-Camp on the Meadow-Occupation at Hambach Forest.
Between the 10th to the 17th of April will be a lot of workshops, speeches, art & actions in the Hambach Forest and the surrounding area. We are confident that a lot of folks will join as the last years and that after a harsh winter a lot of new energy will empower the resistance.
Please share the info!
If you are up to join the Orga or if you want to participate with a workshop etc, just contact us!
As we walk through the Hambacher Forest with new defenses of barricades and ditches build after last friday’s RWE’s secus and police intrusion the news arrives that the same fossil fool monster greed fueled repression has been netted to our comrades in Bure who are resisting destruction of the forest to pave way for more extractionist madness and insanity in the form of nuclear fuel dump. Barricades cleared, secus, police road blocks all sounding so familiar like the all too familiar global destruction of habitats to extract every last bit of poison killing the ecosystems, communities and climate of the planet in the process of lining the pockets of the corporate robber barons.
Hence, to companieros in Bure and all on the receiving end of this assault who are on the barricades, in the treehouses tents and caravans fighting this monster of global capitalist extractionism a loud shout-out of solidarity reverberates from the Forest of Hambach to You.
30th January : the empire strikes again
Today less than 100 cops, secus and several pieces of heavy equipment destroyed all the barricades protecting now more than four tree-sit occupations defending the Hambacher Forest. As a response join the Hambi defenders for tea and food on Sunday as a show of support to those rebuilding the barricades. At 2pm a non-competive bike tea,coffee and yerba mate relay race will take place through the forest taking advantage of the resurfaced roads and making sure that a passage is left for pedestrian, bike and wheelchair access and that the barricades block vehicles only as was the case for the first 2 years of the occupation.
If you can not make it please repost this call