Kurt Claßen Meadow situation: #ClimateJustice vs Fascist Era Expriopriation Laws

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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…

Documentation and Repression

from our Legal Team

We, the investigation committee, want to document unlawful behavior and violence on the part of the police or RWE employees. With these data we try to use the attention around the eviction in Hambach Forest, in order to put the topic of police violence and repression more in the public. legalsupporthambi@nullriseup.net


Vehicles of Wasel (RWE supporter) flared

We found this article at Indymedia (https://de.indymedia.org/node/24859):

When you evicted the Hambi, when you cut those trees, when you destroyed these houses, when you arrested people, when you took our mates to jail, did you really think we won’t revenge?
The company Wasel got attacked yesterday night, with six incendiary devices placed on six vehicles, because they gave their machinery to RWE, because they made it possible for the police to evict the forest, because they are part of a system we hate. more…

rabAZ in Cologne – Schedule

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—-Friends from the AZ asked us to publish this call and schedule for RabAZ (action days to preserve the AZ Cologne) here on the blog. ONE STRUGGLE ONE FIGHT! ——

Hambi, Wagenplatz or AZ – Displacement affects us all!

The Wagenplatz “Wem gehört die Welt” and the AZ, Autonomous Center of Cologne, invite you to a tough first weekend of October from October 4 to 7: getting together, exchanging and networking, going out together – and above all, make RABAZ! more…

Press release 10/03/2018

To celebrate the day of the end – for the time being – of the eviction in the Hambi, RWE is erecting fences and the Meadow Camp is raided

Today is Wednesday, 10/03/2018, German Unity Day, reason enough for RWE once again to build a fence. In and around Hambach Forest.

The clearing of the more than 60 tree houses began on September 13th. Yesterday, on Tuesday, October 2nd, after 19 days for the time being, was its end.

Within the last week – contrary to the promised moment of rest after the death of Steffen – the remaining tree house villages were evicted. The operation was characterized by massive negligence, as well as violent police intervention. more…

Review of repression in and around the Hambach Forest – end of August to end of September 2018

by the Legal Team (Ermittlungsausschuss) Hambacher Forst
+++Trigger warning: This text describes police violence+++

Thanks for the Translation from: https://enoughisenough14.org/2018/10/04/review-of-repression-in-and-around-the-hambacherforest-end-of-august-to-end-of-september-2018/ 

Inhalt: Large-scale danger area | Freedom of the press massively restricted | Endangering and Violence | Treatment in the detention center (GeSa) | Prisoners in jail

In recent weeks, partly through reports from participants and eyewitnesses, and partly through live streams, we have witnessed numerous unlawful acts by RWE and the police, some of which endangered the lives of activists. These are not exceptional occurrences. On the contrary, the police and RWE Security have been behaving the same way for years, especially in the Hambach Forest. The only difference is that during the evictions in recent weeks, there has been much more media attention and abuses and maltreatments have occurred at shorter intervals.
Our text is not exhaustive. We can only report on the incidents we heard about ourselves. more…

Resistance against RWE/Police Eviction of Parahraph 11

On Oct. 1st eviction of Paragraph 11 took place, a tree house build by a Guild of Traveling Carpenters as a community space for those blocking RWE coal in Hambach Forest.  It became a true community during Monday resistance against Fossil Fools forces of repression and destruction that have been ravaging and destroying all forest occupations, tree houses and cutting 100s of trees for last 3 weeks plus in what has been the biggest police operation in the history of North Rhine – Westphalia. more…

News Ticker, October 2nd and later

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Also check the Twitter Accounts: @HambiBleibt @EAHambi #HambacherForst #HambiBleibt
You must not have an own Twitter account!

In Hambach Forest people are busy rebuilding and trying to restore the forest’s ecosystem.
These are the Twitter accounts of the wonderful new cast: Schlupfwinkel (hideout) and Krähennest (Crow’s Nest)!
If you set up a new occupation in the forest, write us on Twitter, then we’ll include you in lists and maps 🙂

October 21st

21:33 After RWE filed an eviction complaint and the cops are increasingly spending their time plodding around on the Friedensstrasse and arresting people, we think eviction of the occupied houses tomorrow is likely.
Update: #manheimlebt
16:11 Whoever wants to visit the coal mine again, please do not forget pink paint for the excavator. That will knock them out 😉
15:00 End of the excavator occupation. 3 people released, 2 in custody. RWE calls the action “extremely dangerous”. We say: much less than the continued extraction of fossil fuels. Police said it was not dangerous.
14:00 Activist, who approached the occupied houses in Manheim, is thrown to the ground by the police and taken away.
13:53 Climbing cops in action. However, 4 activists have climbed the upper deck of the lignite excavator. Meanwhile it has been standing still for 8 hours!
12:20 Situation unchanged.
10:50 Press release No jobs on a dead planet
09:42 Interview WDR with an activist (German)
08:35 Activists are still standing and occupying excavator near the Crow’s Nest. For support and press is requested!
06:19 Bucket wheel excavator occupation, excavator is standing still!

October 18th

17:54 The police left Manheim.
17:24 Secu guards sitting behind our garden! In information says that it should be about us today!
16:30 Police get out of their cars and immediately start provoking with dogs and pepper spray to push away peaceful activists because they stand in solidarity with the encircled people!
16:30 Police escalates and arrests 4 activists. Use of dogs and pepper spray, without any provocation.
~16:00 People from the occupied house at #Friedenstrasse in #Manheimlebt are prevented by security guards from looking for useful furniture in a dumpster. They hold the activists and call the “administrative assistance” of their comrades in arms, the police.
13:53 Another dead bat found in trees closed by #RWE. Also the reluctance on the side of RWE and their city administration of Kerpen to reopen them is an attempt to destroy the population of #protectedspecies making it easier for the company to win the present @bund_net court case, if their “conservation” efforts kill off remaining endangered species in #HambacherForst
12:11 Bat Rescue. After 2 weeks RWE & city of Kerpen still have not reopened the tree habitats with animals trapped outside & inside. Activists are heading out to remove the plastic still blocking access to hundreds of trees
Today demolition of the very old Immerath Mill. RWE had kept the date secret until the end. Now, according to some information, they feared an occupation during the upcoming action of Ende Gelände.

October 17th

Approximately 100 RWE employees and members of the trait union IGBCE mobbing in front of the house of Antje Grothus, who has been campaigning for years for the social compatibility of the inevitable structural change in the Rhenish lignite mining area. The chairman of the works council and the local union Walter Butterweck wanted to “spontaneously” bring 100 protesters to the store. “Accidentally” the police guided them past the house of Antje Grothus on the way back. That is certainly unique in the history of the law of assembly.
Statement by Antje Grothus.

October 14th
See also the declaration by the participants

16:30 All the people being picked up and driven to the camp.
14:07 People taken out of the open pit by the cops and brought to Niederzier. Photos and fingerprints taken.
12:45 Activists are carried away by the cops.
12:25 The cops are taking people to their cars for a photo
10:58 A bus of RWE / the cops arrives.
10:45 Cops have been there for half an hour, but so far no announcement.
09:30 An employee RWE steals a banner from activists.
09:08 20 people encircled by security guards, others leave unmolested the pit.
08:43 Excavator is standing still now.
08:25 Approx. 30 people in open pit, on the way to the excavator.

October 8th

9:00 Next nice message: No meadow eviction today. Kurt Claßen (owner of the meadow in front of the Hambach Forest) will speak up tomorrow.
8:00 Police seems to be serious: no vans to be seen when we get up. Astonishing how fast you can “get used” to constant repression… Why was this mission necessary again?

October 7th

at night: there are still places to sleep in the forest. Whether platforms or hammocks, the trees are still standing. So come over!
17:00 Activists, who had spent the night under the bucket wheel of an excavator, left the RWE area freely. After more than 27 hours!
16:30 People are climbing trees and reopening the bat caves taped by RWE.
16:00 Excavator at the highest level in the open pit still blocked!
16:00 NRW minister of the interior Reul announces that police will completely retire from the “danger area” on Monday (tomorrow). What a completely unnecessary campaign!
16:00 Crime scene inspection by a larger group north behind the SecuPunkt at Hambach Forest. Here are the remains of our tree houses!
15:00 Orchestra “Lebenslaute” plays a second time today. This time in the destroyed tree house settlement Oaktown.
15:00 Meanwhile in Cologne: RabAZ demo is on!
14:00 Many of the forest walkers roam freely in the wood and support new occupations and blockades.
12:30 Forest walk is starting! Without any problem into the forest!
11:50 Unfortunately we had to turn back because of the police. The tree house from #Pödelwitz will nevertheless arrive in the #HambacherForst! It’s not that easy to intimidate us. See you on the forest walk.
11:50 The Hambachbahn blockade by Lebenslaute has been evicted. People being checked and sent-offs are pronounced. Police still seem to be active.
11:00 Orchestra “Lebenslaute” paralyzes the Hambachbahn and sings loudly while jolly forest strollers trickle in with the S-Bahn railway.
morning: Many people found a new (temporary) home in Hambach Forest and are now awakened by drizzle.
10:42 We are standing at the solidarity! climbing action on Neumarkt in Cologne for the @RheinEnergie marathon. Twenty percent of RheinEnergie is owned by RWE, it gets more than a third of its electricity from dirty lignite and operates the coal power plant Merkenich in Cologne.

October 6th
For the action of Ende Gelände and Aktion Unterholz the hottest news are here: Twitter of Ende Gelände and Aktion Unterholz

Incomplete summary of the situation in & around the forest:
Dead wood barricades again on (all) paths and roads, also on the new ones!
An incredible number of people in the forest
Continuation of actively constructing and comfortably fitting out new occupations
The Ende Gelände hammock action went off in a relaxed way
many people slept in the forest
The vigil (next to the stage / rally) survived the day and was not overrun
also in the HambiCamp in Manheim incredibly many campers, tents, people…
Incoming of crowd just does not end. Some have to walk 8km to get to the rally – what the fuck?!
there are nice drinks in the backstage area 😉
slight overstrain in the face of the crowds for some activists
badass, blatant solidarity! Thank you! Wow! What a strong sign!

14:03 Message on twitter: 50,000 people at the demo around and in the forest!
14:00 Demo #hambibleibt starting from Richardplatz Cologne.
12:02 The police blocked the exit to Merzenich “to avoid a traffic backlog on the motorway” and thus created one. Now they are unblocking the way. image
10:04 Announcement at the main station of Cologne, travelers with destination Buir may also use the RE trains. From Horrem a bus shuttle service to Buir has been set up.
10:00 477 coming from the A4 completely blocked. The police permits no one at the roundabout to go to Buir or Manheim. #hambibleibt #hambacherforst
09:35 Police are trying to stop people at the entrance to Buir. They should park their car and then walk, about 10km…

October 5th

11:30 Despite deforesting stop, RWE declares the east of the forest “factory premises” and they are building barriers.
11:10 Next to a newly erected protective wall, RWE security guards act aggressively against a demonstration.
11:00 The Oberverwaltungsgericht (OVG, Higher Administrative Court) in Münster has forbidden felling trees in Hambach Forest for the time being! Press release OVG

October 4th

19:00 The police inforced their presence in the evening. On the Secu Road about 30 vans, a bright floodlight at DeathPop. Intensified ID and bag checks between the vigil and the forest, an eviction tank was spotted and there are unconfirmed reports of arrests. Also near Morschenich reinforced police seems to be on the road.

October 3rd
Press release 10/03/2018

October 2nd

20:20 The last person at BlackSocks was probably taken from the tree.
17:02 Only a handful of cops at BlackSocks.
16:15 Under BlackSocks all platforms are destroyed, at least 1 person still in treetop. Ghost Town is completely evicted. Fenrir & QualityLand: floor structures evicted. There are also evictions of people on trees.
12:27 Police again pour out water under Fenrir.
12:05 A shovel comes on and the scene is covered with barrier tape.
11:57 The eviction at Fenrir has just begun.
11:45 Cops storm over the barricades under Fenrir 2.0. and encircle activists inside the circle.

Go to the days before Sept. 25th – Oct. 1st

Press Release 09/27/2018


Another day is over in this tough, weeks-long eviction by police and state machinery for the profits of RWE and their coal lobby.

After the destruction of Oaktown, Gallien, Cozytown, Beechtown and Kleingartenverein, Lorien is the last major occupation that is still fought for. For days, the police there tried to evict the people from their tree houses.

But thanks to the great support of sitting blocks, standing blocks and the presence of many people on spot, we achieved that almost all tree houses are still standing. TakaTuka is the only tree house from where the climbing police today “saved” people with lift trucks more…

News Ticker September 25 and later

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The German version is possibly more up to date

See also the twitter accounts: @HambiBleibt @HambiEA #HambacherForst #HambiBleibt
Videostreams: @anettselle Videos 9/25: @MKreutzfeldt

October 1st

20:47 Meanwhile Ghost Town is encircled by four floodlights and two eviction tanks.
20:00 A parliamentary observer is on the way to Ghost Town.
18:52 Press come to Ghost Town, please! Police do not let in water, bottles are emptied in front of the occupants and thrown into the forest. Officer in charge: Who wants to drink must first get out, behind the barrier tape.
17:00 The RWE action is over and people are coming back to the meadow again.
16:11 RWE is causing massive destruction on the meadow.
15:50 In Ghost-Town peace has returned. more…