Resist Weaponization of Pandemic for Racism and Repression

CLIMATE CRISIS & NOW CORONA NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR STATE VIOLENCE!!

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May 24, Shaheen Bagh India.

May 25, 2020 Hambacher Forest: Only 1 day after the first protest site in the world: Shaheen Bagh  (taking a stand against nationalist Modi CAA Citizenship Law in New Delphi) was surrounded by riot cops and bulldozed citing the Corona outbreak, only one day after, the wheels seem to be in motion to go in the same direction in NRW as Hambi was visited by a pro-RWE-Climate-Killing-Coal Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger journalist working on an article titled “Hambach Forest and Corona”. At the time there are no cases of Corona in the Forest and there were only 400 recorded cases in India when Shaheen Bagh was evicted.

The long disgusting populist and totalitarian tradition of equating with disease and vermin that needs to be sanitized and cleansed all those who dare to differ, resist and often just happen to be the “others” continues: while Orange Mussolini Trump calls Covid-19 a “A Chinese Virus” as acts of racist physical violence against those of Asian descent multiply world-wide. The ugly history of fear mongering continues as in the time of bubonic plague when  Europe was swept by antisemitic pogroms resulting from rumors that the Jews have been poisoning the public wells, while Italian sailors, not the fleas, were also seen as spreaders of the Black Death and attacked.

Now in 2020, the channels of hate and manipulation have been digitized and are reaching more than ever before, the methods however have stayed the same. Instead of the angry mob we now have Reul and Laschet, RWE lapdogs, with their AFD allies for years having in unison been calling for cleansing of the forest (which at they so  wanted to destroy and did destroy 90% of it), from the leftist radical scum. They already showed themselves not being very interested in global health and environmental crisis by responding

to global climate emergency instead with  40 billion for RWE and friends in the fiasco of the german coal exit and on top responding to catastrophe killing and affecting millions with largest police action in history of NRW; a 70+ million euro plus eviction of Hambacher Forest in 2018.

For those corporate disaster fetishists and profiteers Corona is just an opportunity that can not be ignored, it is a bargain not having to spend 60,000 euro on a bogus legal  opinion for another eviction of this time Treehouses, Meadow(Most likely – RWE needs that CO2al underneath), Mahnwahe, or Hambi Camp(take your pick) and having the Danger Zone that included just Hambach Forest during last eviction now expended to whole of Germany is very convenient to keep number of supporters away and attention turned towards the shelves with toilet paper.  And this time instead of billions its trillions for the heavy industries. What a deal!

Press conglomerates partially owned by  RWE interests again playing their part in the “art” of PR, damage control and redirection and public opinion manipulation at the call of their corporate masters.  Neo-liberal, media hacks not asking any important question, like climate and environmental instability amplifying all disasters and hotspots of corona in both italy and germany being the most industrialized and polluted regions in the country, etc, etc. Instead the Press the 5th column of Disaster Capitalism is staying busy distracting the populace from how decades of austerity and run-away capitalism have left the European “welfare states” and most of the global north with more focus on giving large corporations like RWE  free hand-outs of billions and now using this emergency to give away trillions, to pollute, destroy and gentrify with full governmental protection of tanks, helicopters and police batons while concern for healthcare,culture, and welfare of the populace and that of ecosystems and other species is nothing more than an empty election-year promise. Now we are in the middle of a new crisis while the “last one” continues to only get worse while receding from public attention and once  again the routine operation to solve the “problem” is by inaction for as long as possible and then by going after a list of usual suspects, scape-goats, anarchists, minorities and activists to blame for the disaster. Lets see if the tons of pages and gigabytes of data filled with lies and disinformation can put out this global trash fire of idiocy, incompetence and power-grabbing or whether like always it will just end up feeding the blaze.

The capitalist for profit press is also not likely to point out that the 40+ billion from the Coal Commission to RWE and others as a reward for and incentive to continue to destroy the climate have now become the standard profiteering Keynesian response to any crisis: ignore  and suppressing the underlying issues for as long as possible, enlarging the power of the state and enriching the industrial interests, and in ignoring the social and ecological issues the States continue creeping closer and closer to a dystopian Fascist state model. That is why initiatives offering alternatives, front-line struggles and endangered communities and ecosystems are such a risk to this agenda and either have to be co-opted and or destroyed.

Profit and control above everything: this time instead of Climate Crisis its the Covid 19 and the agenda continues of having environment destroying industries: airlines, banking, car manufacturing, and a long list of other not so Eco and socially friendly sectors of the economy  receiving largest emergency subsidies in global history. Using the time of emergency to postpone any possibility of transition and decarbonization in the next 10 years that is left before reaching the 2 degrees centigrade run away point pushes the planet in viscous feedback loops with the ensuing habitat destruction leading to unprecedented global instability and most likely to even more deadly pandemics and wide instability. Each emergency and crisis instead of solutions becomes instead another get-rich-quick scheme opportunity on a dying planet. Once it is the largest conglomerates and the economy that are becoming “The Patient 0” and receiving most assistance and treatment.  This is happening as hospitals lack protective gear equipment and in many countries including Germany authorities are responding by hiring more security guards not medical personnel and the homeless are rounded up from open spaces and detained instead in confined group accommodations optimal for viral spread.

As new laws not for climate justice and healthcare but instead for new emergency police powers are passed it is once again capitalism that reveals itself more and more to be the virus destroying its only host, the planet we all call home: Earth.

So Reuls, Laschets and AFDs of this Planet enjoy your Spreading-the-Virus-of-Capitalism-Corona-Party as you are about to send in your shock troops and goons once again to make sure gigatones of RWE coal can go up in smoke destroying all hope for the stable future. Your “Its the end of the world, and I feel fine” celebration is bound to be the shortest one ever, with record breaking hurricanes, floods, global fires, pandemics, and droughts coming as your invited guests whose record breaking sizes and duration could only be compared to the growth of yours and your corporate master’s bank accounts. Just remember it will never be forgotten nor forgiven that it is you not us(the people and The Planet) who is responsible. This responsibility is also shared by Kölner Stadt-Anzeigers of this world laying the ground work for this disaster profiteering and corona capitalism, spreading fear and disinformation and justifying constant waves of state violence not just against activists in Hambi but agains a long list of social, ethnic and political actors. This is something that can never be forgotten even if the everyday reminder for future generation will be nothing more than a daily reality of ever deepening instability, hunger, disaster and disease. Instead of “Business As Usual” it becoming a Constant State of Disaster As Usual.

Hambacher Forst: Raeumung des Baumhauses Paragraf 11

You can not just #StayAtHome when the security of that very home is compromised in every way imaginable by those in power.  Would it not be a happier, safer and for-filling for all species world if the miners and the police stayed at home quarantining their toxic masculinity, cooking,  reading a book and planting a garden instead of mining deadly coal and chasing, beating and arresting activists in the forests?

LIVING WAGE FOR ALL!!! CLIMATE AND HEALTH INSECURITY FOR NONE!!!

Reply to the press release of the administrative court Aachen about its decision on an eviction of the meadow occupation

Kurt Claßen, the owner of the meadow, wrote the mail below. We translated the most important paragraph:

The question of whether the protest camp next to Hambach Forest must be evicted or not, was not the subject of the decision of the Administrative Court of Aachen in an urgent procedure, thus the the court has not decided in this. The subject of the decision of the Administrative Court was rather the question of whether the ordinance order of the Kreis (district) of Düren is unlawful. The press release saying that the administrative court Aachen has decided this: “protest camp in Hambach Forest must be evicted“ is wrong.

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Expropriation of the meadow: workers and their interests only forgotten?

Expropriations should be for the public benefit. For example, because of jobs. Significantly, neither RWE in the application for expropriation of the meadow nor NRW in the 3rd Framework Plan substantiate this expropriation with workers’ interests. Was that only forgotten by RWE and NRW? Embarrassing… Kurt Claßen, the owner of the meadow, digs deeper and wants a statement.

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Kurt Claßen Meadow situation: #ClimateJustice vs Fascist Era Expriopriation Laws

Comment by an activist

The meadow camp, which has served as a protest and resistance camp and important meeting place for activists since the beginning of the forest occupation, is now to be cleared. Kurt Claßen, owner of the property at the edge of the forest and comrade-in-arms in the fight to preserve the Hambach Forest, filed with the help of his lawyer an appeal against the eviction order by the Arnsberg district government of the compulsory expropriation, planned by RWE, which will delay the trial for the time being. In a statement by Kurt Classen on the illegality of the order of the building authority, represented by the state government, he writes that the threatened eviction order would serve to deprive the activists of the infrastructure for meetings. This violates the fundamental right to freedom of assembly more…

Complaint against the immediate and complete eviction of the protest camp at Hambach Forest!

For October 9th, the immediate and complete eviction of the protest camp on the meadow at Hambach Forest was announced. Kurt Claßen, the owner of the meadow, however, submitted the complaint below.
Update: The eviction has been canceled.

 
 
“Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Government of North Rhine-Westphalia,

In time and in the exercise of the rights under the Constitution, a complaint was filed today at the department of building inspection of the district of Düren against the intention of the NRW regime for immediate and complete eviction of the protest camp at the Hambach Forest.

If this constitutionally guaranteed right of complaint should be disregarded and tomorrow the complete and immediate eviction of the protest camp should begin, the NRW-Regime has to assume that immediately after tomorrow the immediate and complete shutdown of the open pit Hambach will be started, otherwise only later.

Best regards
Kurt Claßen, 10/8/2018 “

Press Release 09/13/2018

MASS EVICTION OF FOREST OCCUPATION, LARGE SOLIDARITY PROTESTS

Today the struggle for the Hambacher Forst reached a long awaited climax.

Early in the morning the police gathered its forces from all over the state, and alongside Special Deployment Commando (SEK, German SWAT teams), several eviction-tanks, water-canons, climbing-officers, and technical units, started preparing for their biggest escalation so far, the continuation of eviction of the climate-justice occupation camp in the 12,000 year old forest.
It was clear from the beginning, as information had also reached us the day before, that the early hours would bring with it the deployment of the largest police action in the history of the state of NRW.

Entering the forest from the Secu-road at the eastern entrance, by the Deathtrap/Lollipop occupation, the police had to first evict a sitting blockade of catholic pilgrims, before they could even begin the eviction of the first barricade, which, once begun, took several hours. After having arrested the occupiers of the first barricades, a tripod and a monopod, and violently attacking a protester, they were able to continue with the eviction of the two treehouses at the entrance, Deathtrap and Lollipop. Shortly after the break of noon, the police entered at the northernmost occupation, fittingly named The North, and began evicting people from hammocks, as well as treehouses. The eviction continued through the day, with police being strongly present in all parts of the occupied forest.

In protest of the eviction of the forest occupation, the violent escalation of the police, and the cutting of the forest, despite the formerly announced cutting-stop supposed to last until October 14th, a demonstration of 1600 people walked from the nearby village of Buir towards the forest. A wide spectrum of people, from all over the region, children as well as seniors, showed a strong sign of solidarity with the campaign for the preservation of the forest, and the climate-justice occupation camp. As the demonstration reached the Mahnwache, a smaller protest “headquarters”, the police forbade it to continue. Despite the orders of the police, the demonstration continued to walk towards the Meadowcamp outside the forest, where a group of around a hundred people, in support of the civil disobedience campaign Aktion Unterholz, broke through police lines and entered the forest, in order to block police and RWE equipment, and spread out their ressources.

Despite the eviction of encampments in the occupied forest, the arrest of several activists, and the destruction of parts of the unique eco-system in the forest, the message of the day was as clear as a bonfire in the night: the movement is strong, will keep struggling against the injustice of the state of NRW and energy-giant RWE, and will definitely continue acting for climate justice in the Rheinish lignite-mining area, and all over Germany!

Press release from the Hambach Forest – Meadow search and partial evacuation

Today, on 28/08/2018, there are partial evictions in the meadow camp of the Hambach Forest occupation as consequence of a search. The purpose of this search is to provide evidence of past actions and to seize items to carry out further actions.
As part of this mission, which began at 7:20 clock, there were over 30 sending-offs and also some arrests.
As a result of the five-day long police operation, the Hambach Forest has now been declared a danger area, ie. no people are being let in right now.

We strongly condemn the escalating actions of the police. The violence emanating from the police is in no way de-escalating, and the destruction of livelihood with the legitimation of confiscation of dangerous objects is unacceptable.

The Press Group

For further information: press_hambachforest@nullriseup.net

MEADOW OFFERED FOR SALE TO RWE FOR 80 BILLION EURO

ONLY 80,000,000,000 EURO!!!!

State of NRW has notified the owner of the Meadow that it is to be sold to RWE Power AG through expropriation and imminent domain.

Purchase price offered is 12,500 Euro.

Asking purchase price: 80 billion Euro.

RWE’s purchase price offer was determined on the basis of the value that the meadow would have if used for agricultural purposes (= fictitious value).

The purchase price claim of the signatory (= K.C.) is measured according to the profits RWE generates from the ownership of the meadow (= real value) over the term of the opencast mine. These profits amount to a total of around 4 billion euros per year x term of the opencast mines of 20 years = 80 billion euros. These profits are generated at RWE Power AG.

 

links:

http://www.radioerft.de/erft/re/1501302/news/rhein-erft-kreis

most article behind a paywall of this local paper frequently engaging in anti-Hambi Green-Scare propaganda:
http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/region/tagebau-hambach-eine-wiese-fuer-80-milliarden-euro-1.1896785?refid=256065975
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SAT. 10:00 Garden Planting – Wild Food Walk – Lunch

This Saturday at 10:00 join us for breakfast in the Meadow Occupation following which we will plant this year’s vegetable and herb gardens. After 3-4 hours of which we will go for a Wild Forest Food walk and collect nettles (Brennesseln) for vegan burgers and forest “cooked spinach” with Bear Garlic collection for Pesto, we will also collect an assortment of other spring fresh forest plants for a wild salad. We will then chill out in the forest and have lunch. Here it has to be also pointed out that it is estimated that Earth, in its present state of ecological deterioration, could only sustain about 20 million people if wild foods were being widely harvested. So this mini wild-foods skill-sharing is just to show what forest have been able to offer us and what will disappear when they like Hambi (most of it this Oct-March) will be gone and destroyed. With many plants like Nettles, Bear Garlic, and Dandelion being the first pioneering plants in the previously disturbed and cut by RWE areas.

Every year for last six years there have been planted extensive, vegetable and herb gardens in the meadow. This year do to high intensity and frequency of large police actions and detentions we have fallen a bit behind. Many of us have also been spending more time deeper in the forest resisting RWE’s attempt to destroy it. So any support planting this year would be a great exercise of community coming together, a celebration of spring.

Every planting and every garden in the Hambach Forest Occupation has showed that the RWE clear-cutting and Climate killing CO2 dumping coming from its open cast pits has not just been resisted, with blockades, barricades, locking on and sabotage but also with gardens, kitchens, music, sense of community and art all of which combined were and are so powerful and dangerous that thousands of police with helicopters, tanks, horses, dogs, cranes and bulldozers had to be send on many different occassions to try to destroy it also attempting to convince the population that we and not RWE continuing dumping of 150 millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere is the real risk and real danger to the local community, region and the Planet. Hmmm you could have build a heck of mega large scale gardens for the budget of 100s of millions used against hambi. But such a mega project with the coruption and mutual back scratching involved in government projects would probably be very limited, boring hirarhical with most funds sub-divided internally in between industry and government officials with another large portion left to pay off the press such as Build to write what great job they did and how glad everybody is that they have done it(if they did which of course they have not).

So once again for creative, simple, muscle and veggie powered horizontalist resistance action join us this Saturday 10:00 in the Meadow!

Bring Seeds!

For Hambi and for the Planet!

Fruit Salad

Below you find a smorgasbord of news and announcements that reached us today. Despite the compact form, of course, every message is important and noteworthy.


“Hello,
First our web site had greetings supporting you, now we also have got a radio report from Rostock on the Hambi:

https://www.lohro.de/besetzung-des-hambacher-forst/
We would be pleased if you want to spread it!

Greetings from the coast!”


“Dear environmentalists,
We need your support! Only for half an hour.
Please come tomorrow at 11:55 am to the RWE Tower in Essen and express your solidarity for the preservation of the Hambach Forest.
By conserving the Hambach Forest, RWE must set a symbol for the exit from ligbite power generation and declare itself in favor of an RWE specific transition to renewable energies…
Open Street Map
In collaboration of BUND and Greenpeace there is a daily vigil at the RWE tower in Essen: “Two to twelve – Time to Rethink”. The topics: Hambach Forest, Coal exit, CO₂-Problem.” Duration about 30 minutes.
More info


“Let’s make (hi)story together!

We invite you to an interactive fairytale evening on Friday, December 22, 2017. We take the winter solstice as an occasion for a fairytale evening of a different kind: At the beginning, a story is read out. Afterwards we can continue to develop the story together.

Time: Friday, December 22, 2017, 4:00 pm
Location: Round house in the meadow

Maybe a co-developed story can serve as an inspiration and a vision, with which we actually make history together in 2018 and the miracle of Manheim comes true:
The last remnant of the Hambach forest remains and can regenerate itself.
The demolition work in the villages of Manheim and Morschenich will be stopped and the vision of the “New Village” will be implemented.
The terra nova observation deck will offer a view of innovative energy storage solutions which ensure on a long-term basis, together with renewable energies in the former Rhenish lignite mining area
1) security of supply,
2) jobs,
3) competitiveness,
taking into account the natural and non-negotiable environmental laws.

The language of this event will be German. Depending on the interest and feedback we might offer an evening in English next year.

We look forward to seeing you!”