A bit late, we found this article on Indymedia:
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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.
Open Street Map more…
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…
Wuppertal, November 19th, 2018 – At a security and crime event held as part of the “LangLese” literature festival “Against Violence”, NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul was unable to escape questions about the recent police violence against climate activism in the Hambach Forest and mass civil disobedience by Ende Gelände.
At the question time the people brought the Minister in clear trouble explaining. Meanwhile, activists stood with their mouths taped in front of the minister in the audience and kept up photos with scenes of recent violence. Herbert Reul was visibly uncomfortable. He prohibited video recordings. more…
@HambiBleibt-TV On sunday Nov. 18, at 5:00 pm some of us answered in live stream your questions to Hambach Forest about life in the occupation, clima crisis, the colourful resistance against it and much more.
Go to the link below to see the live stream in full length, in German only:
See also Twitter @HambiBleibt
The statement below was sent to us
11/13/2018 Addendum to yesterday’s occupation of an excavator at the bottom level of the open pit mine Garzweiler II
By one of the participants.
First of all: Yes, the excavator was standing still during our occupation, but half an hour before it was still runnung and we assumed, that it was only a brief stop to shift change. As long as RWE does not publish its maintenance plans, this is unavoidable, so come on with the maintenance plans!
The operation was still disturbed anyway, because the work had to be cancelled and must be made up, also the parts of the excavator on which we were locked had to be cut with an angle grinder, which means additional maintenance works 😉
Some more words about the eviction
We are very surprised by the brutality with which most of the RWE employees met us before the police arrived. While more…