On the current situation and the occupation in Morschenich

In addition to the report on the occupation in Morschenich (House occupied in Morschenich) two people from the forest write here, because they feel the need to give a comment in retrospect. As always, the following is a formulation of individuals and not necessarily representative of the whole forest population.

An important point of anti-capitalist criticism starts right here: If a company can own a whole village, it can also determine what happens to it.

The examples of Manheim and Morschenich, where RWE relocates people and destroys houses, history and personal memories, in order to re-market the entire region, makes obvious the whole tragedy that comes with the massive depropriation by a big company. In the form of the villages, Hambach forest and the surrounding forests, RWE not only possesses important resources, but also can design the whole region and its habitats. Actually, such kind of property is theft. Because even if the company stops lignite mining in the region and instead pursues other plans (industry settlement etc.), it does not focus on the needs of those still living here, it’s all just about maximizing profits. This approach has always been supported by the state government in Düsseldorf. more…

House occupied in Morschenich

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UPDATE April 24th
18:03 All who were imprisoned on April 23rd and 24th are free.
14:26 Over the next hour and a half, two people from House 1 will be brought before the committing magistrate at the Düren court house. Support desired.
12:50 Police operation ended. Everyone leaving the scene.
12:33 People in the trees are being evicted by climbing cops.
12:32 Eviction of the 2 people on the roof of the new #MAZ that was evicted yesterday is completed. Min. 1 person still in the tree in the garden.

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Eppenberg Forest is occupied! Press Release

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Press release from 03/01/2019 on the occupation of Eppenberg Forest

The forest is occupied!

We, activists from the Hambach Forest, have occupied the Eppenberg Forest since 02/15/2019. On an area of about 40 hectares, this is to be cut down for an industrial area. This, although there are already such areas with large unsold lots in the immediate vicinity.
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Hambach Forest, lofty heights and deep precipices, part 1

Original title: Hambacher Forst Hoch und Tiefbau
Building and civil engineering
“A film about the Hambach Forest, an insight into lofty heights, deep precipices, an eviction and what I have to do with it – all this happened not so long ago between Cologne and Aachen.”
Only at the beginning there is pretty much text in German, otherwise the film speaks for itself.
Part 2

Invitation to the climbing harness liberation party, 12/18 Aachen

Dear Aktivisti!

The long wait ends! The containers in the Asservatenkammer Aachen were emptied, hundreds of confiscated objects from the maddest of all expulsios sorted and registered.

For us this means: the harness-liberation-front will become active!
We want to bring back what was taken from us – collectively!

That’s why we organize on 18.12. a harness-liberation party, wrap it up as pre-Christmas activist gifts and have plenty of cause to wildly give them back to ourselves. The time is funnily limited to 9-11 am – but that should not stop us! more…

Callout for Solidarity with The Swamp ( Utrecht, Kanaleneiland, the Netherlands )

“This week the judge decided to make the eviction of the Swamp possible. This means that birds, rabbits, bats, rats, insects and people lose their living space and a young forest will be killed. All to make space for more asphalt, another distribution center and a busparking that could be built somewhere else.  The judge ignored that the owner; Borghese Real Estate B.V., hasn’t even asked for permits to cut the trees on the part of the Swamp that is not destroyed yet. more…

Climate Justice DIY – Coal railway blocked again!

UPDATE of this blockade of the Hambach railroad: RWE train driver disregarded international emergency signal and brought activists in mortal danger

We received this Press Release Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Climate Justice DIY – Coal railway blocked!

At this moment activists block the trains of RWE’s own coal railway near Kerpen-Buir. By means of so-called “lock-ons” they chain their bodies to the tracks, so that the delivery of coal to the nearby power plants is interrupted. With this they are protesting for the immediate coal exit and a solidary, ecologically fair society. more…

MⒶZ 46 occupation statement (10/26/2018)

Almost two weeks ago (Oct. 13th, 2018), a group of us began squatting Manheim, opening up the MAZ (Manheim Ⓐutonomous Zone) 46 occupation on the corner of Friedensstrasse and Forsthausstrasse.

What followed was twelve days of living autonomously, developing the space, and building relations with neighbours. Over the last weekend, though, the repression of the project was especially severe, with the police laying siege to the occupation almost constantly, denying us supplies and even beating up and arresting some of those attempting to support us. Even a child, who wanted to give us cookies, was searched! more…

*Press release* No jobs on a dead planet – Coal digger occupied in Hambach

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No jobs on a dead planet – digger occupation in Hambach Forest

In the early morning of Sunday, October 21th, 2018, a group of activists once again occupied and thus blocked a digger in the coal mine. The activists climbed up peacefully and attached banners saying “No jobs on a dead planet”, emphasizing once more that the action is directed against the coal mine and not against the workers.

The folks wanted to raise awareness about the fact that a temporary stop to deforestation does not put an end to the destructive coal mining. Still nature is being destroyed, villages demolished, people being forced to relocate and whole regions of land being devastated for the generations to come. While they are continuously hiding behind practical constraints of public concern, coal extraction is continued for private interests only. more…