This Sunday walk was another symbolic show of support of general public to Hambacher Forest Occupation, to Coal Exit and another chance to see, unfortunately one of the last, the forest in full bloom, coming alive after the winter. Over 200 people showed up with the oldest being 76 and the most distant visitor coming from South Africa(country also intensely cursed by coal extractionism and the enviromenta and social breakdown that accompanies it)
The walk has become an important part of the Hambi tradition, a way to connect with other on the outsided and feel that we are being supported, when it is not allways easily to show this to each other being all focused on different projects and often being stressed out by external oppression. Seeing the smiling faces and kind words that many bring, on top of physical support in many form prevents many of us from duplicating internally the stress and pressure put on Habacher forest activists by RWE conglomerate, its interests, justice system and police.
This support is something that the mass media green scare propaganda attempts to erode and it also seems that it is something that the regional police has been focusing on addressing as well. Beginning last Fall and happening 3 times since large police actions occurred on the week following walks in the forest with the last action occurring on unusual Monday(large police actions have occurred from Tue-Thurs) a day after the Red Lines Action a month ago. Large Police actions only happen in the forest on average once every month to two months so this is more than random correlation. It is also what happens when Police and local “Justice” system has been co opted by a climate and planet destroying powerful international conglomerate. Then in order to engage in repressive actions for, ok lets give it a name, RWE with minimal public dialogue, discussion and questioning quite a bit of PR damage control has to take place through statements to the media, media complicity in ignoring climate change and effect of micro-particles and other coal pollutants. All of this has been happening since the beginning. However staging large police actions right after walks in the forest is going one step further, it shows how the forces of repression are engaging in affecting the morale of those in the forest, taking away the feeling of having hundreds of supporters in the forest by replacing them with 100s of billy club, gun and pepper spray holding non supporters. This week will show whether this is a regular pattern now. If it is perhaps once again it is time for even the supporters to go under ground and keep their support a bit more covert and underground and stage less open and more guerrilla-like forms of support.
No Joke! We are not just fighting for our and other species lives but for a planet on which life as we know it is possible.
Fuck RWE and Fuck Climate Chaos with Repression that it Brings!
Two Hambi comrades are still being detained from the March 19 eviction. As the number of forest prisoners becomes higher and higher and more and more regular there is a risk that single prisoners or those below 3 might not atract as much support or attentions. Their imprisonment is still an act of political repression and one is too many. Their addresses are below please also write a letter, postcard to them or help organize a solidarity event/letter writting.
Their support is especially important as there is more and more bogus charges that are used to detain and imprison Hambi Activists. It is as if Orwellian, double think logic is being used to accuse those injured by secus as having injured them instead even if there were locked on at the time, firecrackers and fireworks become pyrotechnical devices and bombs and small posket knifes deep in pockets while also locked on become dangerous weapons. Only covering this bullshit in non-transparent secret trials are the cops and courts able to attempt to cover up how ridiculous their methods have become. It seems that it was this commentary about shitty justice that inspired last week court action in which unknown parties have emptied several buckets of poop in front of the court entrance where many Hambi people have been sentenced and given a dose of RWE corporate “justice”.
No one is forgotten, nothing is forgiven.
Toxic Prisons is an Earth First Journal Project to bring attention to prisons being build on toxic sites, prisoners being subjected to substances with ill effects on their health and the ecological aspects of prisons and repression in general.
For the second day ZAD NDDL came under police attack this Tuesday. Beginning at 5am over 2000 of cops with at least two tanks started trying to breach the barricades on the West End of the Zad. Yet with the whole day of massive amounts of tear gas and flash bangs being used the day was mostly stellmate as cops stood in one place holding people back as the equipment cleared out 4 locations: No Name, Chèvrerie, Port and Tower that were already overrun by the cops on Monday as they finished destroying the structures and taking out the remnants of structures destroyed Monday. more…
After over two months of being fucked with by the cops UP2 has been released this week. Your letters and humor was a weapon and response to injustice and force that has inspired many on the outside. THANKS AND WELCOME on the outside.
The list of activists who have been imprisoned under all types of bogus and trumped up charges reflects the State’s frustration at the ongoing campaign of ecotaging, resisting and blockading the larges single CO₂ emitter in Europe. The list of those behind the walls can only be expected to grow as eviction will take place following the court ruling to continue obliterating the unique habitat of Millenarian Hambach Forest. more…
Amtsgericht (District Court), Nordring 2, Kerpen
Open Street Map
From railway station Sindorf: Bus 922 or 966 until bus stop “Abzweig Mödrath”
Meeting Point 9:30 in front of the court
SAVE THE DATE,
FOR THE WILD
FOR THE CLIMATE
FOR THE PLANET!!!!
Confiscated by Düren Cops held for over a year.
There have been 3 police raids on the Meadow Camp in Hambacher Forest over last several years. During those raids the police would enter the location of our support “eco village” camp located on private property with search warrants listing as reasons either searches for weapons or even explosives. The resulting confiscations however focused exclusively on electronic devices, that is the “Weapons of Mass Communication”. Commandeering tools and outlets for press work, documentation, photography of police behavior and brutality and legal documentation. This has been done days before even larger police actions. In effect silencing us electronically and leaving us not able to communicate to the outside world about what was taking place with limited documentation of police antics and no way to present conflicting evidence to the State’s so often trumped up accusations used to imprison our comrades for months without trial. With three of our comrades, Hambi3(#freehambi3), presently in prison. more…
Stormy Clouds Sunset over Pont Valley Protection Camp
Lots of warm solidarity and support from Pont Valley Protection Camp to all defending Hambacher Forest and full spectrum of their supporters following evictions of barricades this time by the police and imprisonment of now 2 additional Climate Justice Political Prisoners together with UP2(kept for past 2 month in isolation with “evidence” being kept from the defense) making now the #freeHambi3. The disaster martial law capitalism steps up its bullshit this time instead of after communists and labour activists going for environmental, climate and direct action activists first as Rheine Energy CEO/Police Chief, Herbert Reul and his fossil fools disaster capilast New Frei Corps of North Rhine Westphalia Interior ministry police sweeps up the opposition. As climate disaster deepens, ecosystems collapse accelerates, nuclear proliferation and militarization is an accepted by the masses fucked up reality while militant resistance is delegitimized, criminalized and appropriated for media green-scare campaigns. Firecrackers and pocket knives become dangerous weapons as politically cynical capitalist conspiracy of repression continues its campaign of divide and conquer by pushing community and civil initiatives to be further and further apart from radical part of the movement. Through fear and reformists empty promises of change forcing some to engage in follow ups of repressions with external retraumatizing critiques. more…
Continuation of 3/19: Barricade Eviction in the Forest
8:24 Large police action in the forest, apparently demolition of barricades, several forest roads are currently blocked by cordons of police.
9:00 Police at the railway station of Buir.
9:30 Forest roads to Lorien are cleared. Tripod at Jesus point is cleared. Currently clearing between North and Deathtrap.
10:00 Cops in sight of the Gallien Tower. Several „Wannen“ (= police vans) at Lorien. more…
3/20: 2 of the 3 persons arrested in the forest yesterday and the person arrested near Buir are still imprisoned. One person gave the identity and is free.
On early Monday morning, cops arrived close to the forest to evict Goblin town, a tunnel dug close to the one of the entrances of the forest.
7:11 cops have run after activists into the forest in the direction of Oaktown.
7:20 Cops at the entrance of Oaktown.
7:45 2 persons have been arrested near Oaktown.
8:08 Goblintown is filled with concrete.
8:12 About 150 cops near Goblintown and Oaktown
8:40 In all, 3 persons have been arrested
9:16 Eviction between Jesus point and North
9:27 Come for support to Gesa (in the police HQ), Aachen.
11:40 Police leave the forest. Police now at Buir Station.
Conclusion: A fourth person was arrested at the Buir motorway bridge, allegedly found in pyrotechnics. For all four, there will be the judge’s report tomorrow (time will be announced). Responsible is Kerpen again.
Update: Continuation on 03/21/2018 Police in the Forest again
Many of us would like to extend a warm welcome back to the Forest and the world outside of the walls to 3 of our recently released comrades. YOU WERE AWESOME, THANK YOU!!!
Also even though they are out please remember that effects of incarceration and being imprisoned affect people very often for their whole lives. Please offer them support in adjusting and time afterwards to make sure they are ok. Being on the “inside” can make it is easier to view everything in terms of Us vs Them struggle and to idolise the movement. more…