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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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Siege Krähennest, night
Although we realize that a police action in the forest can happen at any time, we startle at seven o’clock in the morning of Monday morning when we are awakened by the call “police in the forest”. Police vans come along the former A4 motorway, stop and cops get out. Quickly we bring important stuff behind the protective fence under the tower, close and barricade the entrance and pull up the ladder. Meanwhile crow’s nest is surrounded. Police squads photograph and map the location of the tree houses. Chants are yelled. We are tense. A wheel loader enters into the forest and transports deadwood away. Then the driver approaches the tower with aggressive gestures. On its balcony activists observe the situation. He drops his gripper arm on the rinsing station below, more…
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Since today there is a large police operation in Hambach Forest again.
In the early morning hours, the vigil was surrounded and searched, allegedly to check the conditions imposed by the assembly authority.
Then police entered the forest with 2 hundreds, together with RWE workers and security guards, according to their own statements in order to eliminate “trash and non-forest objects and to restore traffic safety”. Nothing new, they often come for such “floor clearances”, which is to destroy kitchens, toilets and other infrastructure that are located on the floor. more…
During the last few days there has been massive excitement over trees, allegedly felled by activists. This was mainly spread by the police in Aachen and the media of the Axel Springer publishing house. But there are also some newspapers that seem to attach importance to serious journalism. The newspaper neues Deutschland researched once more. Here we quote an excerpt of an article that reflects well the whole situation:
“… An occupant said to the »nd«: »These are dead spruces of bark beetle-infested monocultures that were planted in the forest for forestry purposes«. She said that RWE does nothing about bark beetles. »It’s not us who fell our forest. The bark beetles harm these monocultures (…)« Some spruce monocultures have already died from doing nothing. The occupants call a part of it Zombie Forest, because there are only dead trees that regularly just tip over and get stuck in each others. There a reforestation with more native trees could improve the forest.
If you look at the pictures of the police again, you will notice that the felled trees really stood between closely planted spruce trees and not in the old forest of hornbeams and pedunculate oak trees. From an ecological point of view, there should be little talk against the fellings by the forest occupants…” more…
A bit late, we found this article on Indymedia:
In the early morning hours of February 1st 2019, a group of activists successfully sabotaged two electrical boxes of RWE Power AG near the open-pit lignite mine Hambach (NRW, Germany). With prepared incendiary devices, the boxes’ electrics were irreparably damaged. The electrical boxes all around the 8×6 km mine provide electricity to pump the ground water in the whole area 450 meters below ground level – with severe consequences for flora and fauna, as the bordering Hambach Forest, a forest that is thousands of years old and gives home to numerous rare and protected species.
With this action, we achieved not only to destroy a part of RWE’s infrastructure directly, but also wanted to continue to cost the company money for replacements. Further, steady militant actions keep RWE’s security and the cops busy and express our resistance against climate killers, forest cutting and the criminalisation and ongoing evictions in the now seven-years old anarchist occupation in Hambach forest. Increasing repression won’t silence us and we will not be intrigued by “political” solutions, once again confirmed by the latest “solutions” by Berlin’s co2al commission. We demand:
- freedom for #FreeEule, the remaining three imprisoned people from #lausitz23 and all other prisoners!
- solidarity with the occupation in Hambach forest!
- the immediate exit from lignite mining and
- an end to the violent exploitation of our planet – climate justice now!
The action took place within the context of various militant actions around lignite mining and the Hambach mine in the last years that we stand in solidarity with.
This text was sent to us with a request to publish it.
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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Eighteen activists were in custody – after having prevented with their bodies bucket-wheel excavators in Lusatia (East Germany) from continuing to dig lignite. Nine have now disclosed their personal details and are set free, 9 others are still imprisoned. Every bit of lignite that we extract and burn makes it less likely that we will stay below the 1.5 °C target. Every bit of lignite we can block from being burnt makes it more likely that we will still be able to sustain our livelihood and eventually create a good life for all. more…
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…
On 19 November, activists in a question and answer session on security confronted North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul with topics from the Hambach Forest.
More hereMinister of the Interior can not give answers to police violence
The answer promptly followed on Thursday, November 22, 1818 in the form of a disproportionate police operation. The press release of the police Aachen, we have looked closer to it and adapted to the truth. Each comment largely refers to the respective sections of the press release. more…
“NONE AND ALL ARE SAFE” NRWE CLIMATE DYSTOPIA by Herbert Reul
Herbert Reul, the RWE (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk) employed police chief and interior minister, fresh from staging the largest police action in North Rhine – Westphalia ever, this Monday gave a speech at, yes, “Literature Festival Against Violence” in Wuppertal. He spoke at a retirement home and instead of a table with books and an author signing his works, the lobby was full of police, there was no information or schedules nor mention of other events one usually sees at literary festivals like this even in smaller towns, instead there was private security, body guards in business suits and sunglasses. more…