Today, thursday 19th november 2013, RWE and police made again an unwanted visit at the forest ocupation of the Hambacher Forst. At about 1pm a convoy of a digger, a harvester and infantry and paid mercenaries crushed through the forest. For three hours they were destroying everything which was in their range and even stole a wooden box with food, water canisters, shoes and further personal belongings.
We already know this procedure and it doesn’t surprise us that they do what they’d call “theft“ themselves. Because – as we all know – their laws are only for the opressed people and not for big companies, the state or the police.
What was different this time was the harvester, which cut all the wood directly into extremely small pieces. Furthermore they were using a metal detector because of a marked „danger zone/ mine field“.
Because of the psycological pressure of RWE through these repeated attacks some feel a kind of impotence. It’s hard to see how all the infrastructure on the ground which was made from solidary hands a which is really important for the forest ocupation is being destroyed again and again. It’s unbelievable how desinterested they destroy all the soil and its inhabitant life with their machinery and how they treat this wonderfull and valuable ecosystem like something which is only in their way to the coal in the ground – which they consider as more valuable than any life. All of that puts a lot of pressure on one’s mentality. Everyone decides him_herself which way of protest they prefere and we solidarize us with them whether it’s through court cases, blocades, sabotage and/ or ocupations as well as their support and independent information and report – that’s the face of resistance.
We won’t watch with our arms crossed how this planet and every life on it is being destroyed through greed for money or lust for power. We want to be sure that also after our lifes there will be air to breathe, soil which is fertile and full of life, plants which grow healthy and without genetical modifications, rivers which aren’t intoxicated, oceans in which there’s not more plastic and gasoline than fish.
Even if most people might consider this destruction as not stopable anymore – it is posible and it’s necessary because tomorrow there might already be no day-after anymore. So we act now and with all the belonging consecuences.
When if not now? Where if not here? How if not with love? Who if not us?
For a free and good life without supremacy and destruction!
For a tomorrow!
Solidarity with Rosia Montana (Rumania), the ZAD (France), Bilston (England) and all further protests worldwide for a non-hierchical future on earth without exploitation.
P.S. to police and RWE:
Today was teh one-year-anniversary of the meadow ocupation. The next time you come to a birthday without invitation: Bring at least (vegan) cake!
–– some ocupiers
The Hambach forest occupation is . For the second time in one month the police has been attacking the camp. Guarded by riot cops a flying squat of RWE workers equipped with chainsaws and a bulldozer entered the protest site. Without questioning the order that had been given to them they pushed forward the destruction of the planet we’re all living on, helping to erase one of the oldest forests in Europe. The huge bulldozer just squeezed everything in front of it: young trees, anthills and wasp’s nests as well as rare blue shining mushrooms which have been growing on some barricades were destroyed by this huge technological monster. Everything resisting was chopped to pieces. They left nothing but an aisle of destruction behind.
At the same place where they had entered last time in an attempt to prohibit this year’s third forest occupation there was a more than two meter high wall, built from the fallen trees of the authorities last attack, enforced by metal, soil and a crone of barbwire. The other ways to the site are naturally protected by beech thicket and up to 20 meter high oak trees.
The police surrounding the camp is of course doing their dirty job for RWE. Workers dressed in orange vests started opening the mesh of wire with bolt cutters. As soon as they undid the knotting they started to chop the stilts with their chainsaws. Then there was a low noise coming from the bulldozer’s engine when tons of steel were crashing into the barricade several times. Finally the barricade broke and finally they entered to destroy everything they were able to find on the ground.
After the bailiffs loaded everything up and exchanged some shake-hands for an obviously successful operation they left with the haul. What was left were some piles of soil, some stumps and activists utterly determined to struggle on.
The disrespect for the ecological system of the woodland expresses the belief of RWE that the Hambach forest is just property and nothing more than an pre-open-cast-mine-site. They sure would like to clear cut as fast as possible, turning everything into a dead and moonlike landscape to dig for lignite as well as hinder any more protests against their devious plans.
It is not possible to blind us by the so called re-cultivation on the Sophienhöhe which obviously will never be able to compensate at all the environmental impact of destroying life, soil and plants which had centuries time to grow and form a unique eco-system.
Winter is coming and eviction is pretty likely
Since 18 month we are resisting from different sites at the Hambach forest. 547 days of creative and determined struggling as well as the attempt to live a radical and self-organized life full of solidarity, autonomy and mutual aid.
We`d like to invite you to visit us and help us to prepare the two sites (the protest camp on the meadow, located at the forest’s edge and the occupation in the forest) for the fast approaching winter and the anticipated eviction as well and to share our fight against the ongoing clear cutting between October and March.
You would like to come and join for one day? One week or longer? To cook collectively (vegan)? Build things? Make music? Occupy trees? Build barricades and fight against the harvesters?
Just come over!
You can help us with what is going on already or establish your own ideas. There are plenty of ways to support the struggle. It doesn’t mind whether you can climb or not, almost every day we do have all kinds of skill sharing – and we’d like to share all your different interests and experiences too! And there’s always enough things to do, to enjoy and to gain knowledge about – on and above ground!
The raid yesterday confirms us to remain at least the necessary thorn in the paw of RWE and the existing and rotten system. We want to unplug capitalism in general, to deny the logic of growth and to stop the exploitation of the earth through all sorts of means, amonsgt them factories and power plants.
Let`s oppose RWE and police relentlessly.
We don’t stand by and watch big companies, policies and other structures of power to destroy everyone’s and everything’s means of living. Life is not for sale! We want to live and we want the whole freaking bakery.
So we fight every structure threatening a good and free life. It doesn’t matter if it’s RWE or another corporation, politicians, police, military, courts, the fascists next door or the daily sexism, racism, homophobia, etc.
For an ongoing life- struggle in love and solidarity!
For life itself!
Pirates of Hambi
By the way:
There’s always a need for donations of (preserved) food, climbing gear, construction and fire wood, tarpaulin, isolation, tools, nails, string,rope, etc.
In the early hours of friday (02.08.13), the repression agents were in the forest once more. Not far from the meadow occupation they took a shower cubicle and destroyed the compost toilet. The attackers quite obviously knew they were doing something wrong – they tried not being seen during these actions. As the meadow squatters realized what’s going on in the forest, the shower was already packed away, and roughly a dozen police surrounded the toilet, aided by a few RWE thugs armed with a dog. It couldn’t be seen what’s going on around the toilet – several vehicles were standing ready some distance away, but the only one getting through was a small tractor, which was used to smash the toilet to pieces. After doing enough damage (and just leaving the remains) they began their retreat, and apparently had a problem with being filmed and photographed on the way to their cars. A member of the occupation was assaulted by a known police officer who has shown violent behaviour in the past (see here) – a camera was snatched from the squatters hand and destroyed by crushing the lens. A small scuffle followed, one person was wrestled to the ground and bound by handcuffs, but the broken camara could be retrieved. The arrested person was told he would be taken to the station for ID processing – the police started looking for his identification only after they have been told to do so several times, their intent was clearly on taking the person with them – after the ID was found they had to release him. After this the police made a hasty and nervous retreat, being fully aware that they were breaking the law repeatedly during this action. The data on the broken camera could be recovered, and we’re reserving our right to publish footage of violent police behaviour.
On the 12th of July at around noon police removed the shower of the meadow squatters, and two ropes which were put up between trees. Later a concert took place at the spot where the shower used to be.
Armed with heavy equipment the police joined forces with RWE security personnel to accomplish this honorable mission. A bulldozer was used o remove the shower and the walls around it. The ropes, which were put up for practise purposes were removed using a cherrypicker.
“Once again the Düren Police has been played for fools by RWE, they used them to carry out this embarrasing action” says Helene Marck of the meadow occupation, adding: “Considering that the chief of Düren Police, Mr. Spehltahn, is also on the board of directors of RWE, this behaviour is no reason for wonder.”
Around 60 people were attending the acoustic concert of US-based “Blackbird Raum”, which took place on the very spot of the police action, sending a strong message to the organs of repression.