Resistance against RWE/Police Eviction of Parahraph 11

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…

News Ticker, October 2nd and later

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In Hambach Forest people are busy rebuilding and trying to restore the forest’s ecosystem.
These are the Twitter accounts of the wonderful new cast: Schlupfwinkel (hideout) and Krähennest (Crow’s Nest)!
If you set up a new occupation in the forest, write us on Twitter, then we’ll include you in lists and maps 🙂

October 8th

9:00 Next nice message: No meadow eviction today. Kurt Claßen (owner of the meadow in front of the Hambach Forest) will speak up tomorrow.
8:00 Police seems to be serious: no vans to be seen when we get up. Astonishing how fast you can “get used” to constant repression… Why was this mission necessary again?

October 7th

at night: there are still places to sleep in the forest. Whether platforms or hammocks, the trees are still standing. So come over!
17:00 Activists, who had spent the night under the bucket wheel of an excavator, left the RWE area freely. After more than 27 hours!
16:30 People are climbing trees and reopening the bat caves taped by RWE.
16:00 Excavator at the highest level in the open pit still blocked!
16:00 NRW minister of the interior Reul announces that police will completely retire from the “danger area” on Monday (tomorrow). What a completely unnecessary campaign!
16:00 Crime scene inspection by a larger group north behind the SecuPunkt at Hambach Forest. Here are the remains of our tree houses!
15:00 Orchestra “Lebenslaute” plays a second time today. This time in the destroyed tree house settlement Oaktown.
15:00 Meanwhile in Cologne: RabAZ demo is on!
14:00 Many of the forest walkers roam freely in the wood and support new occupations and blockades.
12:30 Forest walk is starting! Without any problem into the forest!
11:50 Unfortunately we had to turn back because of the police. The tree house from #Pödelwitz will nevertheless arrive in the #HambacherForst! It’s not that easy to intimidate us. See you on the forest walk.
11:50 The Hambachbahn blockade by Lebenslaute has been evicted. People being checked and sent-offs are pronounced. Police still seem to be active.
11:00 Orchestra “Lebenslaute” paralyzes the Hambachbahn and sings loudly while jolly forest strollers trickle in with the S-Bahn railway.
morning: Many people found a new (temporary) home in Hambach Forest and are now awakened by drizzle.
10:42 We are standing at the solidarity! climbing action on Neumarkt in Cologne for the @RheinEnergie marathon. Twenty percent of RheinEnergie is owned by RWE, it gets more than a third of its electricity from dirty lignite and operates the coal power plant Merkenich in Cologne.

October 6th
For the action of Ende Gelände and Aktion Unterholz the hottest news are here: Twitter of Ende Gelände and Aktion Unterholz

Incomplete summary of the situation in & aroond the forest:
Dead wood barricades again on (all) paths and roads, also on the new ones!
An incredible number of people in the forest
Continuation of actively constructing and comfortably fitting out new occupations
The Ende Gelände hammock action went off in a relaxed way
many people slept in the forest
The vigil (next to the stage / rally) survived the day and was not overrun
also in the HambiCamp in Manheim incredibly many campers, tents, people…
Crowd just does not tear off. Some have to walk 8km to get to the rally – what the fuck?!
there are nice drinks in the backstage area 😉
slight overstrain in the face of the crowds for some activists
badass, blatant solidarity! Thank you! Wow! What a strong sign!

14:03 Message on twitter: 50,000 people at the demo around and in the forest!
14:00 Demo #hambibleibt starting from Richardplatz Cologne.
12:02 The police blocked the exit to Merzenich “to avoid a traffic backlog on the motorway” and thus created one. Now they are unblocking the way. image
10:04 Announcement at the main station of Cologne, travelers with destination Buir may also use the RE trains. From Horrem a bus shuttle service to Buir has been set up.
10:00 477 coming from the A4 completely blocked. The police permits no one at the roundabout to go to Buir or Manheim. #hambibleibt #hambacherforst
09:35 Police are trying to stop people at the entrance to Buir. They should park their car and then walk, about 10km…

October 5th

11:30 Despite deforesting stop, RWE declares the east of the forest “factory premises” and they are building barriers.
11:10 Next to a newly erected protective wall, RWE security guards act aggressively against a demonstration.
11:00 The Oberverwaltungsgericht (OVG, Higher Administrative Court) in Münster has forbidden felling trees in Hambach Forest for the time being! Press release OVG

October 4th

19:00 The police inforced their presence in the evening. On the Secu Road about 30 vans, a bright floodlight at DeathPop. Intensified ID and bag checks between the vigil and the forest, an eviction tank was spotted and there are unconfirmed reports of arrests. Also near Morschenich reinforced police seems to be on the road.

October 3rd
Press release 10/03/2018

October 2nd

20:20 The last person at BlackSocks was probably taken from the tree.
17:02 Only a handful of cops at BlackSocks.
16:15 Under BlackSocks all platforms are destroyed, at least 1 person still in treetop. Ghost Town is completely evicted. Fenrir & QualityLand: floor structures evicted. There are also evictions of people on trees.
12:27 Police again pour out water under Fenrir.
12:05 A shovel comes on and the scene is covered with barrier tape.
11:57 The eviction at Fenrir has just begun.
11:45 Cops storm over the barricades under Fenrir 2.0. and encircle activists inside the circle.

Go to the days before Sept. 25th – Oct. 1st

Press Release 09/27/2018

LORIEN STILL RESISTANT, REUL STILL AN ASS

Another day is over in this tough, weeks-long eviction by police and state machinery for the profits of RWE and their coal lobby.

After the destruction of Oaktown, Gallien, Cozytown, Beechtown and Kleingartenverein, Lorien is the last major occupation that is still fought for. For days, the police there tried to evict the people from their tree houses.

But thanks to the great support of sitting blocks, standing blocks and the presence of many people on spot, we achieved that almost all tree houses are still standing. TakaTuka is the only tree house from where the climbing police today “saved” people with lift trucks more…

Solidarity with AZ Cologne

The AZ Cologne (autonomous center) and the Wagenplatz “Who owns the world”, also in Cologne, are both in acute danger of eviction and destruction. The AZ for the extension of the green belt, a parking strip across Cologne, the Wagenplatz should be sold.
The exploitation interests of an unbridled financial market in the city of Cologne are the cause of this distribution of primarily left, self-managed open spaces from the cityscape of Cologne. These mostly noncommercial spaces, which do not bring big money to anyone but much more bring people together, should go away. more…

Now all the more! Sept. 27th 5 pm Demo from Buir

Now all the more!
Demonstration for the preservation of the Hambach forest and the immediate exit from fossil fuels.

Thursday, 09/27/2018, Buir station with kick-off rally
Start of the demonstration: 5:00 pm

Since 09/13/2018, RWE and the state government try with a massive police operation to evict the tree houses in the Hambach Forest under threadbare justifications. Tens of thousands of people have faced up to this madness with demonstrations, sitting blocks, petitions, forest walks and occupations of the coal railway and power plants. more…

Ticker september 18-24

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September 25th
and later.

September 24th
Press release

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…

Forest-walk this Sunday (23rd September), or any day!

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…

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT – 15.09.18

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!