“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:
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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…
With a little delay, a report on an incident on Sunday, Oct 28th, 2018
On Sunday evening, a railway blockade by Ende Gelände activists was violently evicted. A train with prisoners from this blockade was stopped by two people in a lock-on and came only to a standstill immediately before the blockade. This gave the police opportunity to a new misrepresentation and accusations of the activists. As we can read in the police press release: more…
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…
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…
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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…
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…