Eviction aborted!

RWE realized that the weather did not permit an eviction yesterday, November 27. So RWE announced to launch a new eviction attempt today. The weather today will be good. Come in great numbers to the vigil taking place in solidarity with the occupants and the preservation of the Hambach Forest!
The vigil(s) are on the way north from Buir to the old A4 motorway exit. From the meadow from you can go there with accompaniment. Let us support our comrade numerously!

UPDATE: The security intensified its presence in the area and is intimidating people! It is best to go directly to the meadow. From there we can go in groups. We also can pick up people at the Buir railway station or accompany them from there. Take care of yourselves, and don’t let them intimidate you! Contact: 0049 157 5413 6100

Neuland is surrounded

The tree occupation Neuland has been surrounded with a fence today. It has a distance from 40 to 100 meters from the tree. Durimg the day four generators have been placed around the fence for electricity for light during the night. 6 security guards stand around the fence partly armed with sticks.
They placed a basket with food below the tree, probably to lure people on the tree down.
The used techice is the same for the tree occupation Kelsterbach 2009. The fence has been a good opportunity to talk with the guards and to get to know how bad their contracts and fees are (impressions from the occupation in Kelsterbach). Also for Stuttgart 21 a legendary fence has been used for an art project.

comradś in prision


#Since Nov, 18, 2014 another compa is imprisoned!
He was arrested on 18th Nov during a blockade to block harvesting of the forest. He is now accused of criminal assault in the event of the 30th October, like Basti (See: Results from 30.11).
He was brought to a custodial judge on Nov, 19. According to the police in Düren he is now transferred to JVA Aachen (prison) and is on remand until he is brought to court.
If you want to support you are welcome to do everything you want. For now, if you want to send letters to the newly imprisoned person, send them to
more…

Call for solidarity

The Hambach forest and the people there need your help!
There are still 14 (!) persons in custody in the police stations in Jülich, Aachen and Düren.
Five of them are seemingly going to be summonded to a custodial judge. That means that police wants to arrest them for a longer time.
It seems that they want to force some people to give their DNA as well.

What you can do to support the Hambach forest:
come around, support directly the people in the forest and on the meadow (a nice face can give a lot of power!)
go to the police stations in which people are hold under arrest – ask, put pressure, nobody is going to be forgotten! (it would be best if you call the meadow phone [0157 – 54 136 100] for coordination and to know where people are needed, how the food and water supply is working, if more people want to go there and so on) more…

Action Day Ticker!

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3880/15255415352_369032b876_z.jpgToday, the new part of the Autobahn, which they built to help further the expansion of the mine, will be opened with an official celebration. Apparently, the police chose the same day to disturb our resistance in the forest and on the meadow. They appeared as early as 8:00h this morning and are giving us trouble since then. Follow us here today, we will regularly publish new updates, ticker-style.

8:00 First appearance of cops in the forest and on the meadow, building up to around 100 cops at 8:30
8:20 Person attacked by police for now reason, except asking what they want
8:30 Removal of barricades on the forest paths, takes them about 2 hours
10:20 Police are trying to evict beech town (tree occupation) destroying everything on the ground – climbing units are present
10:30 Police are amassing at plane hangar close to meadow – we’re no longer reachable by car
11.20 Police van by the meadow occupation
11.40 Police and RWE on way to destroy kitchen near meadow
11.50 Food packs for the police (it locks that they want to work longer)
12.00 The opening of the highway A4 starts – 400 people on official opening (honored guests) The demonstration against it with 50 people works, but not directly by the opening party, 50 police are there – traffic minister talking shit
12.10 the barricades to düren are evicted and the police are blockading the way to beech town
12.28 the police start to come on the meadow occupation, hiding duty numbers. Policeblock from Aachen: (License Plate NRW-​4-​4623, picture of police standing on the meadow )
12.50 the official opening at the highway is over.
13.10 police “retreats” a bit, leaving oaktown, a treehouse occupation, for now.
13:20 Police no longer visible on the meadow
13:25 News from the forest – one harvester (machine for cutting trees) is damaged (fluids leaking out)
13:30 People are doing a sitting blockade in the Forest, on the way to beech town occupation
13:40 A small group of people got controlled by Police, one person arrested for lack of I.D.
13:40 Harvester is driveable again, but is leaving the Forest, protected by RWE and Police
15:00 No more police or other enemies in the Forest – one security car was passing through the removed barricades, but left again quite quickly. The ticker will go on break for now, if there’s any more action we’ll be updating again.

some pictures of today: 16.09.14

[!!!] (UPDATE 1 p.m.) Police NOW in the Forest – Alert at the Occupation site [!!!]

(Update 1 p.m.) There is half a “group of one hundred” coppers roaming free, they destroyed the Forest-Café Meeting Point and tore down more infrastructure on the ground.

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What did happen so far today…

This very moment a riotous assembly of coppers appeared in the forest. They sniff and goggle and just by their emanating thoughts on authority alone, as well as their armed presence they enforce the power- (aka. violence-) monopoly of the state.

We are going to keep you updated, so far there’s no clarity if this is purely harassment (“inspection”), a raid or the harbinger of an eviction.

We are preparing for all possible options!

HAMBACH FOREST STAYS!
ALL Colours Are Beautiful!

In case you’re not clear about your choice of music for the morning here’s two randomly chosen Youtube-links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iiPu-q8Iso

Greets from the Hambach Forest to Refugee Strike

solidarity - refugee strike berlin

..little late, but better than never:
This Soli Banner appeared around the April 14th on the Skill Sharing Camp on different places – till it found his way up to the newly squatted Trees.
Caused by the Eviction of the O Platz, because of which there wasnt the planned talk about the Refugee Strike Berlin.
The Banner refers to the attempt of Berlin Politics , to divide the struggle and to the spontaneous Tree squatting by Refugee activistas.

You have our solidarity independently from any Tree Actions! 🙂

Hopefull that a talk can be fetched up later!

Solidarity Greetings!

A few thoughts about solidarity and violence

german version
The following text was published on the 2nd May 2014 at hambacherforst.blogsport.de. After an incident were the police came into the forest with a century to evict some tents and at the same time one f their cars lost the windows. After this happened there was a lot of mass media shitwere – without evidence – the terrorists” of the occupation were blamed to act in a really violent way. Followed by this many citizens put ressure on the occupation to dissociate from such acts or they would cut the solidarity. This text is what followed ll this happenings.

Recently, some voices came up that – built up from several newspaper articles – question the camp (the occupation of the meadow next to the forest). Above all the alleged aggressiveness of activists and the demolishing of a police car which is being attributed to the occupation were criticized. That is why we came together some days ago to talk about this topic.

These first two points in advance:
On the one hand there is no collective “We”. The constellation of people at the occupation is constantly changing and the entire movement is fortunately very diverse and will not and can not be unified.
On the other hand it is very difficult to define the term and the concept of violence – about this there exist already many different ideas.
Therefore, this text does not claim to to be to universally applicable for the entire movement but rather tries to contribute to the discussion.

First of all, we want to share what opinions and questions have been raised in our meeting.
Is, for example, violence against things generally violence? Can’t it even be irresponsible to refrain from violence if by using it worse could be prevented? Is a person automatically nonviolent if he_she doesn’t take any weapons or doesn’t fight with the own hands?
Isn’t it also violence to pay others to hurt people? Or to oppress people? What does it mean then to buy clothes which were produced by children or sick people under pressure? Or to buy meat for which living beings are all their lifes tortured and then murdered? Is it illegitimate to prevent greater violence even if this means that you have to use a certain extent of violence yourself? Is it illegitimate to defend somebody so that this person doesn’t suffer violence even if this means that this protecting requires violence? What is self-defense? Who decides about this? How much power have those who decide about it?
On the other hand was also stated that actions such as the demolishing of police cars can be counterproductive because it negatively reflects on the occupation and creates more waste. And we asked ourselves as well whether we can achieve anything with violence. Because finally the police is superior in numbers, has more resources and power and does also have the jurisdiction on their side. Some of us are also afraid that any defensive violence could lead to more violence of the other side.

However, it can also be very hard not to fight back when the police beats you up and / or you are daily confronted with the destruction caused by RW€. It is useful and important for the emotional well-being not to be defenseless in a violent situation. Post-traumatic stress reactions can occur when you impotently have face an attack (f.e. when fight or flight is not possible) – and often activists are struggling with this after a contact with the police. Thus, it can have long and serious consequences if man does not fight back. Or does it really just lead to more police brutality?
Many were angry or sad about the fact that the responses to an alleged attack by squatters at a thing are so negative whilst police violence is often hardly even noticed. Even though police violence often means brutal beatings, imprisonment and torture.

It is also repeatedly shocking how one-sided the press reports: It has not been proved who smashed the windows of the car. Apparently none of the journalist thought that it would be necessary to go to the occupation in order to get a second opinion. Nevertheless the articles are considered by many to be “the truth”. This is even more astonishing if one considers the fact that directly next to one of these articles some RW€ advertisement was published: Who gets money apparently has no interest in building up an opinion as open and as objective as possible. Somehow it is also not surprising that the violence carried out by RW€ is often ignored: An (apparently) 82km² big hole is being dredged, a beautiful old forest is being destroyed forever, people are being relocated and noone gives a damn about the heavy consequences for the humans but also for the nature as a whole. Nevertheless, those who try to resist all this with the few resources they have are being criminalized or apparently even feared.
Too bad …

With all this of cause I don’t want to say that it is not understandable if people for example feel intimidated by persons wearing masks. Nevertheless, unfortunately this is often necessary because of self-protection. It happens that the police uses pictures to identify person. And this can mean that the person concerned ha to face charges even if the only “crime” consists in having made a walk in the woods. The imagination of the police is great in this respect and in terms of credibility in front of the mass media and a court the police is also privileged. Activists don’t just wear masks for fun and certainly also not to intimidate people – least of all with these temperatures! (This text was composed in bright sunshine and more than 20 degrees)

In one newspaper article it was also mentioned that squatters had set up traps inside the forest.
Such cases are not known. This allegation we hold rather for another strategy to criminalize protest. If we build barricades or trenches we always make sure that they are clearly marked and pedestrians can unhindered enjoy the forest.
We are not on this camp to use violence but to do something about it. We are committed to the preservation of nature and villages. The destruction emanates from others.
The occupation is meant to be a place of solidarity with humans and the nature – and we hope that it will also be seen as such the future.
More criticism, suggestions and opinions are of course still welcome and we would also be very happy to continue this discussion with you here on the meadow.

FIERCE RESISTANCE TO TOILET DEMOLITION IN FOREST OCCUPATION

Bagger blockiert! Bagger blockiert! Bagger blockiert!

12 activists arrested and several injured during the demolition of the compost toilets in Hambacher Forest in Germany.

A hundred riot police officers, mounted police, and security personnel of the RWE energy corporation arrived early in the morning (23.4.2014) with bulldozers and diggers in order to demolish the compost toilets and infrastructure of the protest camp.

The activists climbed on trees, constructed blockades, and protested with music and clowning. One activist chained themself to a bulldozer with a lock-on tube, thus stopping the whole convoy for four hours. Police brutally attacked the protesters. One activist was hospitalized with a concussion after police repeatedly hit him on the head.

„We wonder why the police invests so much energy and resources in the destruction of sustainable toilets when 500 metres away lays the biggest shit-hole in Europe,“ said Ginger and Clowney after their arrest.

Hambacher Forest was occupied since April 2012 in protest against the expanding open-pit mine Hambacher Tagebau, the largest CO2 producer in Europe, owned by RWE. The occupation has been delaying the continued destruction of the ancient forest.

A few days ago an article appeared in the local mainstream media claiming that activists harrass passersby and smash police and company vehichles.
„Three days before the official re-occupation of Hambach Forst, RWE and the police are looking to intimidate and criminalize the activists. The mainstream media is very willing to support this cheap propaganda,“ said the activist Isabell Schwarz.

The activists faced several evictions, but have immediately re-occupied. The last eviction was at March 27th, but a public re-occupation is planned for April 26th.

Digger blockade!