REALITY OF LIFE IN NRW/RWE LIGNITE PRISONS

My name is Jus and on   2015-07-22 I was arrested during a large scale police operation in Hambacher Forest. That day after 8 hours of being removed from a concrete lock-on on top of the Remis tower I was vacumed up into the North Rhine Westphalia prison system for the next 3 months. For the first 23 days of my imprisonment I ramained on hunger strike protesting RWE continous destruction of Millenarian Hambacher Forest(my, and many other climate and eco activist’s home), its and Lignite Open Cast Mine and its effect on the destabilizing the Planet climate.

During the whole duration of my hunger strike

1.I was kept completely isolated and incomunicado from my lawyer who was not alowed to see me for over 21 days with the prison staff refusing him access claiming that he was not my lawyer and did not appear as such in their files.

2. The jail medical doctor was not only verbally and psychologically agressive and was not interested in the state of my health as much as in coercing me to sign consent forms that would alow the state to force feed me if I lost conciousness. He constantly informed me that hunger striking is not a form of protest but a terrorist tool(echos of RAF prisoners and their deaths in prison). Tried to scream at me, which stopped quickly when being screamed back at and having the door to his repression central “clinic” banged on( All of this is what made it convienient for years for RWE securities to drop of at the local prison long list of our forest activists who suffered broken noses, wrists and arms, as well as head injuries. Then detaining them for months as they recovered with charges of having attacked the security guards. With the later having of course no injuries to show for and being free to destroy last unique habitats on the continents and polute and destroy the whole planet)

3. All my mail was blocked for the duration of the hunger strike, for 21 days for what seemed like months I was completly isolated from the outside as I did not even have any adresses with me to write to anybody on the outside. It felt like I was locked away with the key having been thrown out. Seeing how western parliamentary democracies were not just outsourcing repression and human rights abuses to the global south but were and are more than willing to nourish them at home.

4. I was put in the same prison cells with individuals that not only threatened me with physical violence but who went through a long list of questions that included.
a. list of european capitals and who, especially anarchists, I knew there.
b. what was the state of my funds(excact wording) especially for my defense
c. insisted, yes (really!) that I write them a letter with a description of what I did.
(The above was basically a dynamic of ultra repressive regime’s interogation, complete with confession)

5.  Sleep Deprivation throughout and after the hanger strike by being  woken every half an hour as hunger strike was used as pretext to put me on suicide watch and wake me up every half an hour to check whether I was still alive.

6. With chants of “Seig Heil” and “Allah Akhbar” constantly raging out of cells on both sides of mine , it was I defending the forest from RWE who was classified as an violent extremist and prevented from exercising and sports while both the natzis and the religious fundamentalist were not and were on very friendly  terms with each other and the prison officials.

During all of this and afterwards I have received no support from many of the local more reformists and citizen groups that have affiliated themselves with Hambacher forest. Which to me showed the after-shocks of state and corporate disinformation and media campaigs, it reflected the wider echo like circles of repression affecting those manywith fear, paranoia and distance. Which was to be expected from all who believe the present system can be transformed or salvaged. However I was and to this day consinues to be deeply dissapointing that during my whole imprisonemnt I also did not receive a single letter from local coal and radical prisoner support groups asking if there was anything I could use. Ironic given that being an info nerd I have not only seen but also distributed their fliers and literature containing accounts for donations for prisoner support – The same groups to which I now openly and indignantly not just apeal but demand that they do take a more forward role with the 9 and do not leave them feeling so forgoten! And more than to you it is a message to all to not just be ready but aready form one person cells that recreate and actively continue what larger prison support groups set up to do.  There is no other way as the state driven  solutions to resource collapse, extinction, and  climate chaos are more fossil fuel extractions are more repression and militarization.  As this happen the night of capitalism might be a short one but it will definitevely be a dark and cold one….so bundle up  >:) and make sure that you have matches or a lighter at all times as hypothermia is a really shitty way to go.

However there _was_ a phenomenal ammount of support from individuals and small groups from animal rights, feminists, anarchists, anti-authoritarian struggles and scenes…etc. Many of whom have got to know the ugly face of repression first-hand and who have made the, hopefully, life changing decission not to isolate themselves in a thick cocoon of privalage and distance as the planet continues to burns and the toolbox of repression is ever expanded. It is only for countless peaople like you through out the ages that many of us can choose the direction in which we can walk to and why there is still the present number of species and habitats still precariously holding on in forgotten, defended and hard to get places.

I deeply believe now that empathy and solidarity have this in common that it is not easily possible for somebody who has never been hungry and thirsty to realize how elemental and symbolic food and water can be. Just the same as it is not possible for anybody who has never been alone or been repressed or abused to realize how powerful of an act writting a letter or couple words on a postcard can become.

Hambi Prison Stories 1

Freedom for all prisoners!

There was something more than just a magnetic attraction, more than an instinct, it was more like a gasp for a breath of air after being underwater too long that pulled me immediately to the first window with bars through which it was possible to see the outside after 3 long days of being in the labyrinth of arrests cells, hallways and metal cubes of prison transport vans that followed my immediate arrest when being “processed”.  Looking  to see some life, some nature, some grass, birds anything: I looked out at a perfect square with solid dirt surface with barely any grass surrounded on all sides by 3 stories of brick and barbed wire.  On the top of the antenna on rooftop opposite however were two magpies sitting close on both sides of a very still crow.  The magpies looked around constantly the crow did not.  Instant reconnect to something from which forcefully one was being pried apart… and this was just the beginning of this form of avian psychological support as time after time crows would hang out in the distance, cognizant of the fact that humans are not to be trusted, allowing the colony of magpies inhabiting the jail rooftops and courtyard to do their scouting and only when alerted by the magpies would they come closer to investigate.  A slow glide with an audible whoosh, followed by several hops on the ground.  The whole parliament, yes that is an actual name for group of magpies, immediately would freeze only following the crow with their eyes, only  moving again after one of them would take on a role of a delegate and representative, walking right to the crow, accompanying the bird side by side with beaming pride you see in young kids when they are with an older sibling they admire… Hmmm fellow Crowids, a family of opportunists and omnivores in that aspect like ourselves. In most ways nothing like us as we continue to hunt, exterminate, and abuse them…

Sitting in a cell and seeing the comrade birds outside, in came reports of another wave of record breaking heatwaves, vanishing polar ice, hurricanes and fire storms, fueling wave after wave of social instability and refugees. Then another type of message arrived, it was an issue of Adbusters with the theme of Collapse.  It contained a story of a future civilization of crowids that looked down at the Anthropocene’s archaeological layer of radial tires, plastic, toxic coal micro-particles, with a thin layer of radioactive fallout on top and as they studied this crap they reflected  and were cognizant enough not to try to make the same mistakes…

This struggle and this action of solidarity with the prisoners in reality is so much more, at least to me, it is a struggle against turning the whole planet into a prison of climate chaos, food insecurity, resource collapse and extinction future that will become a prison for our future selves whatever species we might be if the present trends are allowed to continue. A future that is guaranteed if the only solutions enforced by those presently in power to the present day ecological, social and climate crisis is more exploitation, more cops, more weapons and more jails…….

In Solidarity with the Hambi9