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…
In Hambach Forest people are busy rebuilding and trying to restore the forest’s ecosystem.
Twitter: @hambiticker | @HambiBleibt | @EAHambi | #HambacherForst #HambiBleibt
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New occupations: 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 ✍
Manheimlebt @manheimlebt:20:03 It looks like we’re encircled again. We have got food and water for days to endure! From now on we need your solidarity on the outside. Occupy, invite the cops for a walk or a ride, or come around to wave. Anything that keeps the cops busy is helping us!
15:53 The street party is taking place outside, we are comfortable inside. Because we can not go! Photo: Greetings from Evok from the roof, the cops are bored in the background.
12:06 The street party was moved by the police to the corner Forsthausstraße – Blumenstraße. At the moment 15 vans around the house – people are not bothered or the time being.
About the evacuation of the Hamachbahn among others: @EAHambi.
20:59 @EAHambi: The @Polizei_NRW_AC gives the people in the RWE train no drinking water for over 7 hours. They are forced now to drink the toilet water and are afraid of getting sick.
13:59 @Manheimlebt: Manheim Autonomous Zone 46 proclamation! Come by, bring sleeping bags and food (water especially) and move into your dream house (RE)OCCUPY AND REBUILD!
09:21 Manheimlebt: So far, everything is quiet here. No cops. Thanks for the many support during the last days and nights.
Not a really good day for Coaliath because of @Ende__Gelaende.
But we should not forget the besieged house in Manheim #manheimlebt
15:59 @Manheimlebt: Garfield is Back on the Throne of anarchism. And a Lot of guests too. Because #manheimlebt
09:35 Food can finally pass!
If we had some gas cartridges and coffee, the day would be almost perfect (according to circumstances) ⛾ ☺ #Manheimlebt #manheimisststabil #manheimbleibt #HambacherForst
Live ticker and pictures @Ti_Wag
Has this ever happened before? The police checking the personal details of EVERYONE who intends to attend a officially approved meeting. For this purpose, the station Düren was blocked, the passengers of a special train leaded directly to a cordoned off parking and the train traffic significantly impeded. Although there neither was any danger nor anyone of this crowd committed a crime. And although yesterday a @Ende__Gelaende activist was acquitted in Cottbus. See there. For many people, who previously had an unshakable belief in the rule of law, this must be a hard lesson: NRW is not a banana republic but for sure a lignite republic.
Text only version. The complete live ticker with pictures by @Ti_Wag
Anett Selle, video footage Düren control point #EndeGelaende
18:13 The camp of @Ende__Gelaende is enormous. Maybe there are more people than ever before. The @HambiBleibt and today’s police action at Düren station seem to have motivated a few more than usual. Tomorrow will be thrilling!
17:06 For all those who are still traveling from Cologne to @Ende__Gelaende and want to save yourselves as much as possible the chicane of the police: Travel to Horrem and take from there the local train S19 to Düren. Get out in Merzenich. It’s about as far as from Düren but with less police.
16:15 The Verwaltungsgericht (administrative court) of Aachen rejects the urgent petition against the police actions & checks of @Ende__Gelaende at Düren station. Press release: http://www.vg-aachen.nrw.de/behoerde/presse/pressemitteilungen/32_181026/index.php … #EndeGelaende. A complaint against this before the OVG Münster is possible. No suspensive effect.
14:27 Police are searching the luggage of all activists of @Ende__Gelaende at Düren station. Although currently only a few go voluntarily, the police cannot cope with the amount of work. The measure will take the whole day.
12:26 The activists of @Ende__Gelaende are forced to go from the station Düren into a large fenced in area. Everyone sits down now.
12:17 Police President of Aachen, Weinspach, standing opposite the track @Ende__Gelaende and gets an impression of the situation.
12:15 The people of @Ende__Gelaende now want to run out of the station as a block to the right, because the negotiations with the police lead to nothing. The first ones coming down from the platform now.
12:13 Police threaten @End_Gelaende with eviction of the platform. The meeting would no longer be tolerated. Police have put on helmets.
11:55 The activists are still on the track. There are still negotiations whether all their personal details must be determined or not.
11:43 Police Aachen tweets: To the persons from the special train: At Düren station, a checkpoint approved under the police law is awaiting you. That means that they want to control all arrivals. Legal basis is allegedly the PolG.
11:26 Mood on the platform in Düren is good. A samba band is playing. Activists shout: Let’s go, let’s go #endgelaende
Police still wants activists to leave the platform.
11:06 Activists of @Ende__Gelaende at the Buir station are now waiting for the platform until a spontaneous demo is registered. Meanwhile, police demands to leave the platform for security reasons. Activists are afraid of being checked each.
10:59 The coordination of @Ende__Gelaende wants to leave the station to the left, directly to the camp. Police want the other direction. It is very crowded on the platform.
10:44 The special train arrived from @Ende__Gelaende in Düren. People are slowly getting out. Around the station is extremely much police. All exits are blocled by several police cordons.
09:09 The police are already securing the station with fences and several hundreds of cops. In less than an hour, the special train will arrive here with activists of #EndeGelände.
Live ticker and pictures @Ti_Wag
Without time: acquittal for an activist in Cottbus. He was charged with trespassing. His “crime”: in 2016, he joined thousands of others in a #EndeGelaende action in an opencast lignite mine. Such judgments are indicative for other courts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_law)
22:30 6-7 police vans at Buir railway station.
19:53 @Oaktown1312 wrote: What we heard about the eviction of @Ende__Gelaende Camp last night in Manheim: Mayor of Kerpen & Fire Brigade Kerpen want to clear. Police Aachen say no. Mayor grasses this to the Interior Minister Reul, who orders eviction.
18:57 Two persons who disclosed their personal details during the occupation in Morschenich were allowed to leave. For the others a prisoner van is arriving.
18:46 Residents seem to be quite positive about the occupations. They think most houses are broken by the vacancy anyway.
18:41 In Morschenich it is quite relaxed from the outside, little police. It is hard to see what happens on the site. Approximately 15 local residents are present and venting their anger about RWE & forced resettlement.
18:37 The occupation of Elsdorfer Straße 15 in Morschenich is almost over. Police broke the windows and brought out occupiers. These are currently being detained in the garage, to be identified and photographed.
15:53 A new house squat has just been made public. It is located Elsdorfer Straße 15 in Morschenich – one of the two villages that are threatened by the mine.
Our solidary greetings and people are cordially invited @Lorien49307479
14:44 News about the eviction stop of the last house in #manheimlebt. With his lawyer a squatter submitted an application against the eviction. A judge then spoke to the police, who moved away until the decision. That can be made short term. @SWeiermann
14:33 The elevators and some of the police retired from the occupied houses. RWE nails up the surrounding empty houses. Some security guards are standing around.
14:10 From the back side of the occupation in Manheim just 15 people walked into the garden. 5 climbed onto a garage roof. Police did not notice anything and threw the others out of the garden.
13:36 The members of the press are now behind a barrier in front of the occupation. The view is good. They are waiting for the special cops unit beginning to set up the equipment for eviction.
12:42 +++ BREAKING NEWS : #EndeGelaende has a new campsite: Stockheimer Landstraße 171, Düren-Stepprath,, Neuer Hof. The camp construction has begun. Here 4000 people can sleep and go together to stop the #Kohle! +++
12:28 At the still occupied house in Manheim, two elevators and climbing police arriving. Meanwhile, a press spokesperson from RWE giving interviews. #hambibleibt #hambacherforst
11:43 Waiting at the occupied house. Climbing police was there a while ago, nothing has happened since. #hambibleibt #hambacherforst
10:10 Legal situation according to @Polizei_NRW_AC: The court did not issue the eviction order requested by RWE, because a name must be on it – and names are not known. As they say, the eviction of the houses in Manheim without order is possible due to the police law.
10:50 Except for the house with the activists on the roof, in front of which are now two jump cushions, the others are now empty / evicted. One activist came voluntarily from the roof of another house. #hambibleibt #hambacherforst #EndeGelaende
10:40 Despite unsettled legal basis, the police are currently evicting the occupied houses in Manheim. A court decision was not awaited. This way facts are probably to be created before the activists of @Ende__Gelaende arrive.
10:27 Police have no real grounds for evacuating the occupied houses in Manheim. Reference is made to press release in the afternoon. There allegedly are other grounds such as security & the continued offense of trespassing.
10:05 About 10 people sit on one of the roofs of the occupied houses. RWE cuts bushes around the house to enable the fire brigade to set up a jump cushion.
09:52 Parts of the contiguous occupied housing complex in Manheim have already been evicted. Some activists came out voluntarily. About 10 people are encercled in the street and ID checks are running.
09:39 In the @hambicamp the first 50 people are just arriving for the @Ende__Gelaende camp. RWE has plowed the meadow near the camp so that nobody can camp there. The police are meanwhile with many forces on the spot and now is also evicting the occupied houses.
A detailed live ticker with pictures of the eviction of the Ende Gelände Camp.
22:43 Police makes announcement with megaphone which is hard to understand. Even official next to it notes “a bit quiet”. Whoever stays commits allegedly trespassing. Then the eviction starts. @Ti_Wag
19:12 At the plenary session of @Ende__Gelaende Camp it is said that the police wants to evict. There is no alternative camping site. The offer is: the activist can leave without being checked & with small tents only. The big ones will be confiscated. #EndeGelaende @Ti_Wag
Afternoon “Ende Gelände” building their camp in Manheim. The administrative court in Aachen had previously forbidden them to camp in Niederzier. They refused the space offered by the police Aachen on the Merscher Höhe in Jülich. Too far away from .
Morning Coal commission in Bergheim. RWE/IGBCE demo with payed participants. Slogan: “Without good jobs no good climate”. Good jobs on a sinking ship?
@HambiBleibt wrote: “Tree climbers & activists working together for #AnimalLiberation & better #Climate: 18 cavities open for bats, dormice, owls, other tree nesters & hibernators. Needing more volunteers, 100+ trees remaining blocked”.
22:57 The district court of Cologne dismissed this afternoon the eviction action by RWE! let’s party 🙂 @manheimlebt
18:20 Did you ask yourself today too, where could be more locked bat caves?
Check this out:
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21:33 After RWE filed an eviction complaint and the cops are increasingly spending their time plodding around on the Friedensstrasse and arresting people, we think a soon eviction of the occupied houses is likely.
21:03 After ID check of the both persons and searching the car the cops are retreating.
20:59 The cops tried to prevent delivery of food to the occupied house. The personal details of both persons were checked and the car was searched.
20:41 Cops are at the house. Around the kitchen van. @manheimlebt
16:11 Whoever wants to visit the coal mine again, please do not forget pink paint for the excavator. That will knock them out 😉
15:00 End of the excavator occupation. 3 people released, 2 in custody. RWE calls the action “extremely dangerous”. We say: much less than the continued extraction of fossil fuels. Police said it was not dangerous.
14:00 Activist, who approached the occupied houses in Manheim, is thrown to the ground by the police and taken away.
13:53 Climbing cops in action. However, 4 activists have climbed the upper deck of the lignite excavator. Meanwhile it has been standing still for 8 hours!
12:20 Situation unchanged.
10:50 Press release No jobs on a dead planet
09:42 Interview WDR with an activist (German)
08:55 Sun has risen over the Hambach opencast mine. People singing on the excavator. After an announcment by the police, an accompanying journalist leaves the excavator and is taken away. Three journalists withdraw after talking with the cops from the digging edge.
08:35 Activists are still standing and occupying excavator near the Crow’s Nest. For support and press is requested!
06:19 Bucket wheel excavator occupation, excavator is standing still!
17:54 The police left Manheim.
17:24 Secu guards sitting behind our garden! In information says that it should be about us today!
16:30 Police get out of their cars and immediately start provoking with dogs and pepper spray to push away peaceful activists because they stand in solidarity with the encircled people!
16:30 Police escalates and arrests 4 activists. Use of dogs and pepper spray, without any provocation.
~16:00 People from the occupied house at #Friedenstrasse in #Manheimlebt are prevented by security guards from looking for useful furniture in a dumpster. They hold the activists and call the “administrative assistance” of their comrades in arms, the police.
13:53 Another dead bat found in trees closed by #RWE. Also the reluctance on the side of RWE and their city administration of Kerpen to reopen them is an attempt to destroy the population of #protectedspecies making it easier for the company to win the present @bund_net court case, if their “conservation” efforts kill off remaining endangered species in #HambacherForst
12:11 Bat Rescue. After 2 weeks RWE & city of Kerpen still have not reopened the tree habitats with animals trapped outside & inside. Activists are heading out to remove the plastic still blocking access to hundreds of trees
Today demolition of the very old Immerath Mill. RWE had kept the date secret until the end. Now, according to some information, they feared an occupation during the upcoming action of Ende Gelände.
Approximately 100 RWE employees and members of the trait union IGBCE mobbing in front of the house of Antje Grothus, who has been campaigning for years for the social compatibility of the inevitable structural change in the Rhenish lignite mining area. The chairman of the works council and the local union Walter Butterweck wanted to “spontaneously” bring 100 protesters to the store. “Accidentally” the police guided them past the house of Antje Grothus on the way back. That is certainly unique in the history of the law of assembly.
Statement by Antje Grothus.
See also the declaration by the participants
16:30 All the people being picked up and driven to the camp.
14:07 People taken out of the open pit by the cops and brought to Niederzier. Photos and fingerprints taken.
12:45 Activists are carried away by the cops.
12:25 The cops are taking people to their cars for a photo
10:58 A bus of RWE / the cops arrives.
10:45 Cops have been there for half an hour, but so far no announcement.
09:30 An employee RWE steals a banner from activists.
09:08 20 people encircled by security guards, others leave unmolested the pit.
08:43 Excavator is standing still now.
08:25 Approx. 30 people in open pit, on the way to the excavator.
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?
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.
Incomplete summary of the situation in & around 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…
– Incoming of crowd just does not end. 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…
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
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.
Press release 10/03/2018
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
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…
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!
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…
September 25th and later.
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…
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…
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!
September 15 – Here again the current state, which was last passed from the forest:
- Today the tree houses „Fabacea“ and „Kontiki“ as well as the Skypod (platform hanging free in ropes) in the barrio „Norden“ were evacuated. So there is no longer this barrio, but quite a lot of new anger. One of the expelled residents lodged a lawsuit against the destruction of their living space with our solidary lawyer Christian Mertens; Mertens is ready to support even more residents and others with such a lawsuit. (Specification of personal details required.)
- In addition, a drivable passage was cleared between the barrios „Beechtown“ and „Cozytown“ north of the meadow. There were only footpaths so far.
- Today (September 15), the barricades were cleared between the gravel pit of Collas and the central crossroads in the forest called „Jesus Point“. Firstly, this means further access to the forest and, secondly, it is particularly threatening for the barrio „Kleingartenverein“ (allotment garden) near the gravel pit.
- Yesterday, the half done treehouse ‘Amagir’ had been evicted and got destroied in the barrio „Norden“.
- Since yesterday there is a driveable track from the main path to the Barrios “Oaktown” and “Gallien”. They end at the tree house “Mona” (Oakt.) Or between “Tower” and “Paradise” (Gallien). Every aisle they hit through the forest means tree felling. It is enough! Gallien reports 40 felled trees. To cover that up, stumps and roots were torn out and the holes were filled with sand. However, evidently there was no eviction in Gallien.
- Yesterday in Oaktown the tree houses Pyra, Mona and Stube were evicted. From the cabin Simona the roof was removed, the rest of the hut seems to stand still. There are still two people in the tunnel under the hut. The rest of Oaktown stands (i.e., Floki, Tower, Mouse-House, Nest), the Skypod “Raste” and the low tree house “Hundehütte” (also called Anna Campbell) near “Simona”, there is currently no information.
ON THE POSSIBILITY OF “SECURITY STRIPS”, AND AN ALLEGED MOLOTOV ATTACK
The police forces of NRW, it seems, are using every excuse they can, in order to legitimize their destructive escalation in the 12.000 year old Hambacher Forst.
Information has reached us, that the police is considering cutting of so-called “security strips” (clearing meter-wide strips of underwood) on both sides of the L276, a.k.a. the Secu-Road, despite the formerly announced cutting-stop lasting until October 14th.
The background for their decision to cut hundreds of square-meters is an alleged attack on RWE cutting equipment, with rocks and a “molotov-cocktail”, early morning September 10th.
The evidence on the alleged “molotov”-attack is however disputable.
A journalist which was present at the so-called “crime scene” shortly after explains:
“On the ground was some kind of liquid, but there were no glass-shards, no bottles, or any other containers to be seen. Usually when the police is taking pictures of a crime-scene, they don’t remove evidence, but here was nothing to be found.”
The extravagant reporting of the alleged attack, which led only to superficial damages on the RWE equipment, and no one wounded, serves only as a distraction in the debate, from who are the biggest perpetrators here: energy-giant RWE and the state of NRW, led by interior minister Herbert Reul (CDU).
In the row of violent attacks in and around the Hambach Forest occupation, it is clear which party ways the heaviest. Until now the police presence have led to several attacks on activists, supporters, as well as media workers, including the driver of a mobile kitchen being threatened with a gun, and a peaceful activist being brought to the hospital with a broken arm.
Responsible for this violence is the interior minister of the state of NRW, Herbert Reul (CDU), who uses the weapons of the state, to protect the interests of energy-giant RWE, and the coal lobby, while attacking the civil rights of free protest, free assembly and free movement.
Any and all attacks on RWE, and their state-sponsored protectors, is therefore also written in the context of self-defense, against RWEs destruction of nature, living-spaces, as well as the global climate, and against the brutal violence of the police, on civil protest and the whole climate justice movement.
Although not all parts of the movement for the preservation of the forest, and the immediate phase-out of coal agree to the militancy used by some autonomous activists, it is clear that the tactical diversity within the movement has strong value, and is not only legitimate, but necessary in the fight to protect the Hambach Forest.