Day X is here! How do I become active?

Attention This article was published on September 8th. The situation has changed, go for the last news to the blog, please. But the rest of this article is still actual.

Day X is here! How do I become active?

Day X is here! The soil structures of the forest occupation have already been destroyed, the first tree houses too and the FIRST TREE IS FALLEN. Eviction always means felling as well, which means, at the latest now we must become active and try to prevent and to disturb the evictions and deforesting in various ways. (For more information and suggestions see DAY X

Come into the forest, whether alone or with your affinity group, carrying out solidarity actions (climbing actions, painting banners, hanging up posters, sabotage, demos, lectures… whatever, everything goes!) And spread the word of the destruction of the Hambach Forest – a 12,000 year old Forest and place of resistance to lignite and the capitalist system, which is a thorn in the money-hungry eye of the German constitutional state.

How do I get into the wood?

At present, the large police force around the forest makes it difficult for people to get in. By detours and in the shelter of the night, it is still possible.

In addition, there is the player Aktion Unterholz, which plans to go daily into the forest with a large mass of people from Day X + 1 (the first day after Day X was called) and to try to block the eviction tanks and forest machinery. Here you can join in and spontaneously join the resistance. There will also be more general actions. More information below and here: Aktion Unterholz

Solidarity actions

Write us if you are planning a solidarity action or send us your photos so that we can publish events and photos on the blog. Please also use the hashtags #hambibleibt #hambacherforst when sharing photos or tweets on Twitter.

What do I need?

A current packing list:

  • Medicine you need
  • Sleeping bag
  • tent
  • sleeping pad
  • Camouflage clothing (pants, jacket, headgear)
  • Solid shoes
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Climbing harness, if you have one, otherwise there are still a few on site
  • lighter
  • toothbrush
  • Knive, work gloves
  • If available: camera to document events such as police violence
  • Water, vegan food (usually available in the forest but in the current situation this is not always sure)
  • a nice book
  • safe action phone
  • Musical instrument, beautiful things that you do not want nor have to to miss.

We are not willing to accept without resistance, what is happening in the forest now. If the occupation is not being continued, the gates are wide open to RWE to destroy and extinguish this unique forest and the creatures living there, in the name of greed, to dig up and sacrifice it to the lignite.

Meanwhile, this forest has become the focal point of a whole movement and by the occupation and all its associated actors, a public debate has been initiated on various political and social levels. Let us fight together, show our indignation and our solidarity, form gangs, and not leave our wild, woody and wonderful Earth to the capitalist rulers without fighting for her!

Press conference, 09/06/2018

Invitation to the common press conference, to the beginning of the tree felling, today at 3 pm
Kerpen-Buir, September 06th, 2018. This morning RWE started felling trees in the Hambach Forest. In the early hours of the morning a large crowd of police entered the forest, at half past ten the first tree was felled. Thus, the RWE Group and the police, commanded by the NRW state government, create irrevocable facts even before the official cutting period. With the so called Day X, a nationwide mass mobilization begins today. Thousands of people will engage for the conservation of the forest during the days to come with demonstrations, sitting blocks and forest walks.

The local initiative Buirer für Buir, activists of the occupation in the Hambach Forest, Ende Gelände and the Aktion Unterholz invite today to a joint press conference. It will take place at 3:00 pm in the Protestant Gemeindehaus (parish hall), Bahnstraße 42 in 50170 Kerpen-Buir. Then we drive together to the Hambach Forest, where we are available for interviews.

Today’s clearing work again sharpen the conflict over the Hambach Forest. The Federal Environment Ministry, the unions of police (GdP) and services (Ver.di), local residents and environmentalists demanded in recent weeks a coal moratorium and a deforesting stop. The Berlin coal commission threatens to fail, several members announced in the event of cuttings their exit from the panel. Nevertheless Mr. Reul, Minister of the Interior, ordered on behalf of the state government a large-scale police campaign, in order to enforce tree felling for RWE.

On Sunday, September 9, the initiative Buirer for Buir is calling for a demonstration in connection with a walk in the forest.
The occupiers of the forest are preparing to prevent the evacuation of over 60 tree houses during several weeks.
Ende Gelände announces blockades of coal infrastructure at the Hambach opencast mine on October 06 and October 25-29.
Aktion Unterholz will stop the destruction of the forest from tomorrow, Friday, 07-09-2018, with civil disobedience.

Representatives of the broad spectrum of protests comment on today’s developments as follows: “The escalation of the conflict by RWE represents a deep cut in our quality of life for the village of Buir. In addition to the forest and our neighboring villages, we also lose our peace. The Hambach Forest, for us a symbol of a future-oriented society, now threatens to become a memorial to the destruction of our future. We feel left alone by those responsible in the federal and state governments – forgotten,” says Andreas Büttgen of the local initiative Buirers for Buir.

“We defend the forest against RWE and Minister of the Interior Reul. In the trees we fight for climate justice and against capitalism. It will not be easy to get out of the forest,” says activist Momo of the occupations in the Hambach Forest.

“With the evictions and the felling, RWE clearly transgresses a red line for the climate. It is a scandal that the state government protects this way corporate profits and not the climate. We call for the carbon phase out, as an immediate measure of global climate justice,” said Karolina Drzewo, press officer of the alliance Ende Gelände.

“The destruction of the Hambach Forest is intolerable. We will therefore prevent the eviction and clearance of police and RWE from tomorrow on with actions of mass civil disobedience. By this form of action, we take our future into our own hands”, says Anna Schönberg of Aktion Unterholz.

Contact:
For background discussions, interviews or any questions, we are always happy to help.

Buirer für Buir: Andreas Büttgen, +49 173 5146141, info@nullbuirerfuerbuir.de
Waldbesetzung: Momo, press_hambachforest@nullriseup.net
Ende Gelände: Karolina Drzewo, +49 152 04560800, presse@nullende-gelaende.org, ende-gelaende.org
Aktion Unterholz: Anna Schönberg, +49 1775944678, presse_unterholz@nullriseup.net, aktion-unterholz.org

Live Ticker for eviction/

5.September

20:15 No more police inside the forest. They are still present around though.

19:33 One person that was taken into custody today is in hospital because the police broke their arm.

18:55 The Demonstration „Defending human rights“ will soon be at the edge of the forest.

17:57 Demonstration still going, now with around 700 people.

17:56 Detention support in Aachen is being harassed by police officers. Right now a person was forced to give their identity, and police officers are pushing handcuffed supporters up against a wall. Support your local supporters!

17:22 A-Tripod at Jesus Point has been evicted.
17:21 Demonstration passes through the dangerzone.
17:00 300 people are at the demonstration. The “A” tripod is almost evicted.
16:12 At Cozytown 3 generously filled Shit-Barricades are being evicted. The mood is good. At least for the activists.
16:10 The monopod and the tripod have been evicted. On the big A a person is still standing. He asks for people to be present to support at the detention center, when he will be evicted.
16:10 Updates from EA: 5 people in detention , 3 probably on the way there. Two were brought before the judge, and will be released tomorrow at 24 o’clock. In front of the detention people are waiting in solidarity.
16:05 Still a person on the Tripod (in the shape af a huge A) at Jesus Point
16:00 No more cops in Oaktown and food is ready!
13:30 Eviction of ground structures in T-Town. Nothing new about the tripod.

12:45 A group of 15 artists were sent away in Morchenich. They were on their way to their vernissage. Police talked about “art ban”.

11:53 Big police action around the tripod at “Jesus Point” including climbing cops. A front loader drove over the so called “bomb”, no explosives experts were present.

11:46 Ground structures in “Lorien” were evicted . One tripod is still standing.

11:35 Two people have been in Gesa (pre-charge detention centre at the police station) in Aachen since 4:30 last Night. They haven’t got food yet and were only now allowed to Have a call. Come to the Gesa! Bring Tobacco and vegan snacks.

10:55 A cherry-picker tried to evict the lowest platform in “Lorien” but people occupied it, so the cherry-picker drove off. The ground in “Oaktown” is getting thoroughly searched by the police. A small tripod got knocked down in “Lorien”, a big tripod is occupied.

10:34 Climbing Cops at the tripod. Person in 2,5 meter deep hole is locked on with the left arm. Cherry-picker in “Oaktown”.

10:14 Eviction troops of the police arrived at the tri-/ monopod structure at “Jesus Point”

09:32 Eviction of all ground structures in “Oaktown” has begun. In the background theres activists humiliating the police and RWE.

09:27 Police heard the name “Mike” in “Oaktown”: “Doesn’t he live at the meadow?”

09:25 The person that got taken into custody near the airfield was released again.

09:16 Police finds an art-installation and called explosives experts in.

09:09 One person was taken into custody near the airfield at the meadow.

09:05 Ultimatum from @RWE_AG: 10 minutes to get your private stuff and leave. Ultimatum from forest to RWE to leave or we’ll “Make use of our balaclavas!”.

09:00 Riot cops and securities all over “Oaktwon”. Shouting and sirens everywhere.

08:58 Technical forces with cherry-pickers at the tripod near the “Deathpop” entrance of the forest.

08:04 Forest side of the meadow sporadically blocked by the police

08:00 Police is driving aimlessly left and right at the meadow. Historical barricades are getting evicted.

07:40 “Lorien” is surrounded by the police. Eviction at the Lake of “Oaktown”.

07:31 A large amount of armoured police are cautiously entering the forest at “Deathpop”. A lot of eviction vehicles and securities, but still managable. Police is scouting on the main roads inside the forest.

06:00 Everything calm at the meadow. Some vehicles at “Deathpop”.

2. September

21:35 The police destroyed a fireplace and left the forest. Some police vans left at the security road.

21:20 The police has entered the forest again at “Deathpop”. They’ve already been there this afternoon to cut tarps.

Demonstration For Hambi, Wed 5.9 Possible Eviction Day

Securing of evidence?This was a house before the so-called securing of evidence. Click for an enlargement

DEMONSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF HAMBI 5.9 WED Buir Train-station.

Regardless of, and perhaps especially because of the now 3 weeks of massive police actions: barricade clearings, constant harassment, arrests (now of 26+ all but 2 now released) meadow raid and confiscations, and now the information that large police action might be planned for this Wednesday the response to all this Climate Killing Bullshit has just been freaking phenomenal.  Supporters have been constantly streaming in and despite the searches, bringing over a ton of eviction food and supplies (with tools, pallets and climbing supplies being stolen by the co2ps).  Hundreds have visited, stayed and supported regardless of constant harassment even of the official protest Mahnwache, access to which is “legally” guaranteed without id checks and controls (those pressing this issue have been able to get in without being checked, others have just given their names without presenting ids). Also please remember that the forest is large so it is really hard to cut off all access from outside… more…

Skill Share: Now more than ever, and even longer!

In the last few days we were asked again and again whether the Skillsharing camp will take place, despite the impending eviction. And of course the answer is yes! No matter if and which structures are evicted, we will find a place either in the Hambi or in the vicinity and make sure that there is a great skill share! And to show that we are not going to let the repression organs spoil our events, we’ll put in some more days.
The Skillshare-Camp will be opened on the evening of 09/22 and go until 10/03.

Some frequently asked questions
Some background info

08/29/2018, 5:00–7:00 pm, Demo from Buir to Meadow Occupation in Hambach Forest

After the destruction of a large part of the meadow occupation by the police we call for a demo against state arbitrariness and for the preservation of Hambach Forest.

On Tuesday, the police brutally cleared the meadow camp, destroyed several buildings, stole water, tools and other infrastructure, and did not stop at personal items such as tents, sleeping bags, and cameras.
All those present in the meadow were given a sending-off – and this on a private property and without the owner of the meadow being informed. 15 people were arbitrarily arrested and access to the meadow and the publicly accessible forest was denied all day long. That is completely disproportionate!
The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is trying to criminalize the resistance and to wear it down, because the meadow camp is an important infrastructure of resistance in the Hambach Forest.

But we will not accept that! We will not let that stop us!
Together, we will vigorously move with many in a demonstration to the meadow and protest for the preservation of Hambach forest and thus for climate justice.
Together we will prevent the clearing and save the Hambach forest!

Place: Buir Railway station (Open Street Map)
Time: 5:00 pm meeting point, 5:30 Start of the demo
Final rally: about 6:30

Following the demonstration, there will be food in the meadow camp and this way the meadow will be revived collectively.

Klima Camp in Rhineland: Reportback and Schedule

Its that time of year again! Yeah its the 9th Klima Camp in Rhineland with peeps from around the world coming to a field outside of Erkelenz and next to Garzweiler Mine to address, protest, inspire, connect and resist RWE’s Climate Chaos Coal Regime.


With this year focus on connecting with local and global front-line communities and not mass actions, that will instead take place during Ende Gelände presence in Hambi in October, the camp is smaller this year due also to decentralized climate Camps and struggles taking place all across Europe this year. more…

Get ready to prevent evictions!

HAMBACH FOREST: EVICTIONS POSSIBLE

We currently assume that between 08-22 and 09-22, there will be large evictions in the forest, including an eviction of the occupations. This assumption is underpinned by information that we have been given that specifically targets this period.

What makes us so sure?

During the past few weeks, there have been repeatedly police operations involving climbing police, as well as factory fire brigades and other RWE personnel. Coordinates were collected, tree houses photographed and mapped, and as much information on the tree houses as possible. Therefore, we can assume that police and RWE are gaining an overview of the situation in order to be able to evacuate in the short term.

Past police operations:
Monday, July 30th: Fototour der Polizei im Forst (German only)
Monday, August 6th and Thursday, August 9th: Polizei im Wald (German only)

We need you now! Time is running against us right now and we still have much to prepare for preventing eviction. Prepare yourselves, best get into the forest as soon as possible and speak with your affinity group, if you have one. Whether you want to put up evictions directly in the way or you prefer to participate in a way that does not put you in danger, everyone can help in their own way. You can support us anyway, no matter if you can be here only for a few hours, a couple of days or the entire felling season.

Whether peaceful or militant, the resistance is what counts!

Read also about the question: What to do on Day X?

Warm Solidarity Shout-Out from Klima Kamp in Emmetal to Hambi and UPIII

From the Second Swiss Climate Camp happening at Illuminox festival outside of Bern. Solidarity for both Hambacher Forest and UPIII on the frontline of resistance against global fossil fools climate chaos. One of over eight now annual large klimate convergences and mass actions taking place just across Europe comes multiplicity of issues from oil, nuclear, refugees so connected to climae break down, animal and feed industry, fracking and other disaster scenarios going hand in hand with false solutions of business as ussual profit based regimes.

The only change of not just affecting change and also creating a historical record of opposition and resistance, have become ongoing struggles like Hambi, Trebur Bleibt now under what seems like an arson attack with barricade and kitchen set fire resulting in a forest fire, like the moral victory of ZAD justifying further repression and state violence action. Much like the largest, longest and most expensive eviction in German History being prepared for Hambi for and possibly before Oct. to Feb. Cutting season to fuel the biggest single CO and toxin emmitter on the Continent.

Only a multiplicity of actions like those called for in solidarity in response to attack/eviction on Hambi, Climate and the Planet and only constant pressure on the polluters through diversity of creative resistance tactic can affect, not change, not even transition but a simple reconsideration for the masses presently so suicidally co-dependend on Fossil Fuels.  Forming temporary autonomous communities has become an example of the simplicity and strengths of transition and degrowth skills.

Next regional focus is preparation for Climate Games in Basil on the 4.8 to 13.8 which will include a base Climate Camp with a week of action training, reports and presentation from Global Struggles against Fossil Fuels and nuclear energy and related workshops. The culminating on Friday 10.8 and Saturday 11.8 Actions taking place in port of Basil focusing on oil loading facilities. Call goes out also to anti-coal resistance movement in the Rhineland to join and support the struggle across cross-sectional lines. And vice versa for the Skill-shares and the Cutting season in Hambi and mass actions against RWE.

See You In The Forest,

Hambi Bleibt, Klima one struggle one fight!