Dear students of Fridays For Future,
We have been following the world wide climate protests and strikes with great excitement. And since we founded Fridays For Future Rojava in May of this year we have been protesting and striking along side you!
Fridays For Future has brought young people together all over the world, united by the understanding that we cannot continue living in a world in which nature is being destroyed!
The reality in Rojava, the Kurdish region of Northern Syria, is very different from the reality in many places, where there are local chapters of FFF. Since 2012, when the revolution in Rojava began, we have been building an alternative model for society – based on the three fundamental principles of women’s liberation, ecology and radical democracy. In the last 7 years, bottom up, self administrated and ecological projects have been created everywhere: neighbourhood councils – women’s centres) – educational academies – an alternative, free school system – economic and agricultural cooperatives – and much more besides. All areas of life have been reorganised from the bottom up. In the past, everything used be governed from Syria’s capital Damascus. Now we govern ourselves. In all these new structures, women organise themselves autonomously so they can form a counterbalance to the power structures of patriarchy. more…
More info: https://bureburebure.info/
There is also an english version, with a lot of information, but no actual news
UPDATE 20 July:
Occupied trees : all occupied trees are evicted.
That was a short occupation! But not the last one. In total, since the beginning of the reoccupation attempt, we counted 17 arrests:
- 8 people in ID checks, everyone is released
- 8 people in custody, everyone is released
- 1 person under a judicial supervision with territory ban was arrested and sent to jail for four months for violating their judicial supervision
Maximum school strikers per country per day. Click f. original size, Wikipedia
We are very delighted to hear, that Greta Thunberg dedicated the Golden Camera she won to the Hambis, but it is not very amazing: we struggle for the same goal. We do not want to participate in any personality cult, and Greta too is far from that, as this dedication shows. This dedication comes immediately after a new repression, allegedly due to a fallen bucket (“throw of feces”). It is the many many people – and lots of them being young – who no longer want to accept how their future is being ruined. See picture left.
“We want you to panic!”
The award ceremony not only shows Greta’s speech, impressive as always, but also the audience’s response as she dedicates the award to the Hambis. She has to interrupt her speech for thunderous applause. Well, Armin and Herbert and Dirk *), probably this is not what you wanted, when you thought, you just could throw out the Hambis for your RWE bosses, right?
As an appreciation of her solidarity, we, as #hambacherforst activists, would like to give a harness to @GretaThunberg. We would love to see you in the forest on a Friday.
*) Armin Laschet: Prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia
Herbert Reul: His police minister, former teacher!
Dirk Weinspach: Police chief of Aachen, responsible for the Hambach Forest
RWE: Their boss, owner of the lignite industry in West Germany
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Siege Krähennest, night
Although we realize that a police action in the forest can happen at any time, we startle at seven o’clock in the morning of Monday morning when we are awakened by the call “police in the forest”. Police vans come along the former A4 motorway, stop and cops get out. Quickly we bring important stuff behind the protective fence under the tower, close and barricade the entrance and pull up the ladder. Meanwhile crow’s nest is surrounded. Police squads photograph and map the location of the tree houses. Chants are yelled. We are tense. A wheel loader enters into the forest and transports deadwood away. Then the driver approaches the tower with aggressive gestures. On its balcony activists observe the situation. He drops his gripper arm on the rinsing station below, more…
On september 26th 2018, during evictions in Hambach forest (NRW, Germany), activist Eule was violently evicted from a hammock, pressed on the ground by several cops and got hands and feet tied. When the cops stood up, Eule allegedly tried to kick a standing cop in the face and missed them. Eule, with injuries themselves, was arrested denying ID and has been in pre-jail ever since with the accusations of “assaulting an officer” and “attempted dangerous assault”.
During the public trials on February 4th and 18th of 2019, all nine cops testimonies contradicted each other, and despite Eule’s lawyer questioning the lawfulness of the eviction and the reasoning for evicting a single hammock, judge Peter Königsfeld convicted Eule to 9 months of youth custody without probation.
We are outraged by the fact that even without a consistent story, another political verdict was spoken against political activists, This is against all of us!
So come on Sunday, the 17th of March, at 17o’clock in front of the JVA Köln-Ossendorf and let Eule hear your solidarity!
Greets of resistance
For more info and support, visit abcrhineland.blackblogs.org
On Sunday, February 24th, 2019, a solidarity demo for imprisoned Hambi activist Eule (“Owl”) took place in front of the prison (JVA) Cologne-Ossendorf. A large group of people in owl and fox masks loudly protested the sentence to 9 months of custody. We hope for continuing demos and antirepression for Eule. Below this article, you find three cool self-made stencils that can be printed out and cut out of plastic or cardboard and used by all!
Eule was violently evicted from a hammock on september 26th 2018, during the evictions in Hambach forest (NRW, Germany), pressed on the ground by several cops and got hands and feet tied. When the cops stood up, Eule allegedly tried to kick a standing cop in the face and missed them. Eule, with injuries themselves, was arrested denying ID and has been in pre-trial jail ever since with the accusations of “assaulting an officer” and “attempted dangerous assault”. During the public trials on February 4th and 18th of 2019, all nine cops` testimonies contradicted each other, and despite Eule’s lawyer questioning the lawfulness of the eviction and the reasoning for evicting a single hammock, judge Peter Königsfeld convicted Eule to 9 months of youth custody without probation. We are outraged by the fact that even without a consistent story, another political verdict was spoken against politcal activists. This is against all of us! Send mail to Eule, follow the case, organize solidarity and fight lignite mining, forest cutting, state and police!
For more info, see abcrhineland.blackblogs.org and our website. Mail Eule via: “Eule” unbekannte Person Aachen 8, JVA Köln, Rochusstraße 350, 50827 Köln.
“Absender: SSK z.H. ABC Rheinland, Salierring 37, 50677 Köln, Germany.”
“Eigentumsvorbehalt: Der Brief bleibt solange Eigentum des*der Absender*in, bis er der*dem Gefangenen persönlich ausgehändigt wurde. “Zur Habe Nahme” gilt nicht als persönliche Aushändigung im Sinne des Vorbehalts. Sollte ein Teil des Briefs nicht ausgehändigt werden, so ist dieser und nur dieser Teil unter Angabe der Gründe für die Nichtaushändigung an die*den Absender*in zurückzusenden. Der Rest ist auszuhändigen.”(https://abcrhineland.blackblogs.org/briefe-letters/).
We received the open letter below. We apologize for the late release because it was sent to us in a time in which we had a lot to do with our struggle. Here Leonard Peltier expresses his solidarity with the fight for Hambach Forest from the high security prison in Coleman / Florida.
We asked for the original text, which probably is in English, to publish it here. Meanwhile, you can read it translated back into English. Underneath you can find more details about Leonard and his struggle and how you can write to him.
Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Germany
As you know, in our Native American spiritual philosophy, the connection to Mother Earth, Mother Nature, as you would say, is a very important element. We as human beings are only part of the sacred circle that connects people, plants, animals, mountains, rivers, winds and rain – we are all connected and related. Or as we Lakota say: Mitakuye Oyasin – ALL MY RELATIONS. more…
We received this message from Rojava, together with a video:
Greetings from Make Rojava Green Again and the Internationalist Commune of Rojava to #RiseUp4Rojava
“Today, at the global day of action to defend the revolution in Rojava, we would like to send our greetings of solidarity to all those different struggles all around the world”.
Greetings from Make Rojava Green Again and the Internationalist Commune of Rojava – RiseUp4Rojava
Dear Comrades, dear friends,
We are sending our warm greetings from Rojava, the Democratic Federation of Northeast Syria,to all of you, who have participated in the Global Days of Action to defend Rojava against the threat of the Turkish fascist Erdogan regime. And we greet all, who are struggling for a free, democratic and ecological society.
On January 24, the appeal hearing against an anarchist will take place. The charge is “disruption of public companies”, this is a blockade of the Hambach railway.
Here you can find the report of the first-instance hearing.
When: 9:00 am on Jan. 24th, 2019
Where: Landgericht Stuttgart (= district court), Urbanstrasse 20, 70182 Stuttgart (Open Street Map)
Since it is a juvenile criminal case, the process will take place near the registration address.
Call for Global Days of Action on 27 and 28 January 2019
On January 27th, exactly four years ago, the city of Kobane in northern Syria was freed from the hands of the gangs of the so-called Islamic State after months of fierce fighting by the courageous fighters of the YPJ and YPG. At that time, we poured onto the streets in our millions, day after day, week after week, to express our solidarity with the Kobane resistance and to compel the world to act. Nonstop, powerful actions outside the Middle East gave the comrades fighting in the city courage to continue and forced the international powers to act. more…