“No Fear” May Day 2020 in Hambach Forest

 

May First! In the pre-Corona days many in the forest were in cities across Europe taking part in global actions and demonstration. This year the comrades who found themselves in the forest, if not building barricades treehouses or communal spaces, followed updates of MayDay actions and demonstrations: The Anarchists and syndycalists of Wupertall walking through

the street in a mob of joy and celebration shortly after midnight singing chanting and projecting rays of fireworks and light through out the street. We watched from a distance as the legalist “demos” were either cancelled or severely limited and split up into permits of smaller demos and as larger ones were being harassed and kettled by the cops in cities from Istanbul to Frankfurt. Then the call came out through voices echoing through the forest “Cops in the Forest at Crowsnest, wanting to evict!” The tradition of staging police actions in the forest during May Day, New Years, Global Climate Marches and Strikes as well as Ende Geleande and Climate Camp action continued, might as well for the next occasions like this set up lawn chairs and together with the media wait for the next wave of NRWE CO2ps running to Hambi to make sure that are spirits are not too high and we are not thinking too much about revolution but instead about their nice and clean uniforms oh yeah lets not forget the guns and the tanks too. Logistically its much harder and 2-3 more expensive for police to show up in the forest on those dates it does however show their determination to split up, isolate and distract movements, occupations and front-lines involved in the Climate Justice, Animal Liberation, QUEER, Anti Deforestation and Anti Fascist struggles. By definition also revealing their political sentiment and connections. It should also be a part of larger socio economic anti capitalist critique of how easy it is to in time of numerous crisis: austerity, climate , corona to channel so much resources away from ecology, education and healthcare towards protecting corporate criminals against humanity and the Planet. In the end being more than responsible for worsening situation.

So this time being smaller in number but still symbolically present they compensating with extra fire power showing up with an MP5 Heckler and Koch and a larger caliber weapon being carried by a cop assuming the role, like allways, of not just the “Bad” but also arrogant cop, with the caliber having a direct effect on macho behavior.

When the forest activists exited the forest, while being 30 meters away from a group of activists,the police pointed two machine guns at the activists ordering one in the group to put down their stick while at the same time approaching closer to the activists, indicating not just lack of concern but also intent to escalate, the person pointed the stick at the police and asked them to put down their weapons first, with cops responding that they will put them down if the person puts down the stick first, another person asked the police if they are aiming for a head shot to which the female associated cop responded with “No but it makes a loud boom.”(Hmmm its very unlikely that they were carrying blanks).


The situation was then deescalated by a person that walked straight towards the cops with their hands up to talk. The same person afterwards ended up breaking down and crying, relating how traumatic it was that the situation with their van, their home could have costed their comrades their lives.

There were several reasons  given for this politically charged and symbolic “visit”. At first it was to help the RWE workers clean up the place: there was nothing to clean and the RWE secus who came with them just ended up sniffing around places they don’t ussually have easy access to, then some pallets were noticed behind parked cars and activists were informed that they would have to be removed. Parked next to the forest vans were than looked at, license plates written down and told to move by Saturday when the cops were claiming that they would return(never trust a cop). The psychological warfare: “We’ll be back.” especially resonated with newer and outside supporters exploiting the fear of police actions, attack and eviction. Instead of course the cops on Saturday were grilling, and when not at football games going after hoolies, then still quarantining from corona and this time also recovering from a small sh*t storm that pointing guns at people has caused.

All this stress and life threatening situations also has to do with exposure of the public to more and more violent forms of force being carried, deployed and used by the police. Today the machine guns are pointed at a crowd tomorrow perhaps now legal taser will be tried in the forest on psychologically affected persons(one of the most common targets for those weapons with many induced heart attack deaths annually) Also how long before somebody might be shot for holding one of the favorite to show in the media by police “weapons”/tools used in the forest an ax or a large knife?! Filling the pages of BILDS and Zeits with appreciation for the brave police doing their work while latest scientific discovery on how desperate the state of the planet and its climate might not even be found on the last page these pro RWE rags and neither will be actually what might have taken place.

What we see from the cops and don’t see from the media shows what they are concerned and afraid the most: of activists, people and communities to have a sense of autonomy and tradition and to be able to celebrate it in peace, to have undisturbed by disinformation and divisionism lines of communication and solidarity among multisectional lines, and to also have an autonomous and unsilenced voices that offers an antifascist, left, ecological, antisexist, antihomophobe and antispecist perspective. If you resonate with even one of these principles and are open to supporting and expanding to the others, JOIN US! The Struggle has only just begun!!

 

Shooting on cops with sparrows

Picture from the Bild-Zeitung – Caption: A group from the scene of forest occupiers is studying a kind of battle plan against the police
(found on bildblog.de)

It could be that soon parachute-jumping rabbits, turtles with rifles and dogs with cannons attack the police in or around the Hambach Forest. It is also possible that the ants with their pit helmets are there and demonstrate for civil rights, and the bats make it clear once more on their banners that there is nothing to sell. “Bild-Zeitung” and its editor Peter Poensgen are certainly on the track of a very hot thing. more…

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

Attacks by Security Guards

The report below was sent to us:

In the past few days (as of 11/14/2018), a series of attacks, in our view with high certainty carried out by employees of RWE or subcontractors, took place on the Krähennest (Crow’s Nest).

  • Nocturnal throwing of explosive devices (firecrackers etc), several times, last in the night to 11/14/2018 in the period from 0.55 to 1.15 a total of 4 pieces, by ear obviously from the ancient A4 motorway at different points in the forest. We do not judge these attacks as targeted against us but above all also directed against the forest and its animals.
  • more…

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…

Excavator stopped. Today, Oct 5 at 12:00 in EastEnd.

This text was sent to us.

About 12:00, about twenty adults and children moved to the new ramparts that RWE piled up.

The ramparts are heaped up in height to about 2.50 meters with gravel and earth and provided with barrier tape. The trench directly behind it has been dredged to a depth of approximately 2.80 meters. Marking woods are labeled as “pipelines”. This inscription is not necessarily believable, because the rampart obviously serves as a barrier to prepare the enclosure of the section to be deforested next, which is currently on ice for the time being as a consequence of the current court decision. more…

Lorien Resists!! Treehouses, Mass Blockades + Tripods, Tripods, Tripods

In the last years Hambach Forest has become an international symbol of climate justice! So has every single occupation that stood firm against RWE Climate Killer coal for last several years, and continues in our hearts and our stories long after it is physically gone.

One occupation, Lorien, remains and has done so for the last 2 weeks of intense blockades involving tripods all around this tree-sit barrio reinforced by sit-down more…

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