Call Out for Reoccupation of the Hambach Forest on April 26th 2014

After the eviction of the third occupation in the Hambach Forest near Köln, which took place on March 27th after existing almost 7 months, one thing is sure:

Occupation Number 4!

Wiederbesetzung

We had to suffer massive repression, especially this time: the raid on the meadow occupation and two other projects, confiscation of all our electronic devices, hand-written journals as well as private stuff. This proves one thing: Our direct protest against the exploitation and the destruction of nature by RWE is effective. We will show that we’re not afraid and we will not give up!

As announced before, there will be a Re-Occupation at Day X+4 (the saturday 4 weeks after the eviction).

And:
The 26th of April isn’t just a day like another.
This very day exactly 28 years ago the nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl took place. We cannot seperate the struggles against Coal and Nuclear Power. It’s not enough to shut down nuclear power plants and substitute this by burning coal; as well as it’s not acceptable to stop mining and burning coal for the creation of nuclear energy.
It’s a common resistance against the destruction of nature and the idea of ongoing growth in disregard of the results.

It’s a criticism of capitalist thinking, which just divides in resources and capital.
We cannot wait until the next big catastrophe opens the eyes of people.

Something has to change NOW!

So we will re-occupy the Hambach Forest on April the 26th, massively and determined!

On this day, a demonstration will start at 2 pm at the train station in Buir.

If you are motivated to take part in the organization, you can visit the “Build Resistance Skill Sharing Camp”, which takes place from April 12th to 25th on the occupied meadow. There an open organization meeting for the day of the Re-occupation is going to take place: on Sunday, 13th April, at 12am.

You can participate as individuals or affinity groups in many different ways:
Spread the word, help with the organization, occupy the trees or support on the ground.
Your solidarity is stronger than all repression!

For more information write to hambacherforst@nullriseup.net, or follow our blog: hambacherforst.blogsport.de.

Together, we stop RWE and the open cast pit!
Respect Existence or Expect Resistance!

See you on April 26th!

You can find flyers and posters for self-print hier.

EVICTION in „progress“

The Hambach Forest Occupation is EVICTED right now!
This is where it is going to start!

Several hundred police arrived this morning, surrounding and shutting down the forest occupation from the eyes of anyone who would like to witness what is actually going on.

Infrastructure, Treehouses, trees, hedges, all getting torn apart piece by piece.
Everything is destroyed by loud, obnoxious machinery orchestrated by megalomaniacs, operated by ignorant people who in the end have nothing to claim for themselves but clinging on to their job.
People getting dragged away, getting brutalized, getting violated.

more…

Atlanta, GA: Tractors Sabotaged for the ZAD, No Tav, Hambach Forest

Direct Action BunnyWe got an advice to this solidarity aktion:

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From Atlanta Indymedia

On the night of February 22nd, we poured a mixture of sand and water into the fuel tanks of two tractors used in the construction of a new Atlanta streetcar. The streetcar is one of many major development projects the city has initiated in the past few years as a part of a general plan to revitalize downtown. We know that this plan only means more police and unaffordable housing.

We offer this small gesture of solidarity to the ZAD, the No TAV movement, and the occupation of the Hambach Forest. We would also like to send strength to those affected by increased surveillance or repression the new developments have brought to Atlanta.

Our action was very simple to perform. It did not take long to plan or to enact and we found all of the materials on the side of the road. We do not believe that an accumulation of “actions” makes a revolution, but we wanted to give encouragment to the current and future participants of revolutionary struggles. Onward, strong hearts!

Solidarity to the lock on activist in Winona / Texas

Solidarity Regards from the Hambach Forest Occupation (Germany)

Love and greetings to Glenn Collins, Matt Almonte and everyone supporting them and other tar sands blockade actions! Direct action is necessary to prevent companies like TransCanada and RWE from devastating the planet. It feels great to see that across the Atlantic others are taking the same means to fight in the same issues as we do. Global warming, environmental damage and the industries causing them are international – and so is the resistance of energy struggles!

Our fight here in the Rhineland is against RWE, one of the four electricity monopolists in Germany and major energy supplier Europe-wide, and against the massive destruction they are dealing out for lignite extraction and combustion: In the Rhenish Brown-Coal Mining District (the dirtiest carbon dioxide emitting structure of Europe), more than half of the energy produced in five power plants is fed back directly for the operation of the three giant open cast mines – again, the largest of Europe. For their permanent extension, RWE regularly resettle villages, dump some of the most fertile farmland of Germany via conveyor belts, and now restarted clearing the Hambach Forest, one of the last primeval forests left in densely settled Mid-Europe.
But before that, they had to evict us – on November 19th, after four days of eviction, police wrenched the last activist out of a tunnel – a form of action newly introduced in Germany; we greatly recommend it! Guess the several concrete Lock-Ons in the treetops also annoyed them a lot… Seems like the police in Texas are as reckless as those in Germany – here as there they repeatedly endangered and threatened the lives of the ones locked on. Here as there they sent activists off properties, where they were tolerated by the owners. Here they even arrested the owner, before he was able to clarify that he possesses the field from which they were trying to evict the re-occupation! But repression backfired: The re-occupation is thriving with even more amazing local support than the first one.
Congratulations to your great invention of pipeline concrete lock-on blockades. This must really annoy them! And you know as we do, whatever they threaten you with – they can’t risk to injure you! Stand strong, we are hoping for you. And we are curious how they will try to fix this.

Energy struggles must be one united fight on a global scale. Whether against tar sands, brown coal or nuclear power – the fossil energy sources and the power and economic systems they stand for need to be fought back in order to save this planet! The land grabbing and devastation they recklessly burden the people with cannot be tolerated! And the more repressive they fight back, the more we will become. The time to rescue this planet is running out, but in Texas, the Rhineland, in Colombia, Scotland and so many other places in the World, we are taking action to conserve our livelihood. The system is global – and so are we!

Together we stand!
Best wishes and good luck to Glenn and Matt

The campaign: Tar Sands Blockade
More: Background on tar sands

In Winona, Texas, two acitivists have locked themselves to concrete barrels they carried into the end of an oil pipeline under construction.
The action was part of a massive protest movement in the USA confronting TransCanada, the company extracting oil from tar sands in Canada and building a pipeline for transporting it througout the US. Tar sand oil is even more toxic than regular crude oil, and at the place of the action, the pipeline would be less than a hundred feet from residetial houses. For the extraction of tar sands in Canada, primeval forests the size of the UK are devastated into a toxic desert. The process taking the oil out of the sand doesn’t even make any sense – more electric energy needs to be spent than the oil brings back. The economic reason for that is the lack of crude oil for the large indutries depending on it. And again, the resource addiction of the economic system is valued higher than anything alive.
Both activists were wrenched out of the lock-ons violently risking serious injuries. Police pulled so hard, the the chain on the wrist of of them broke. Glen Collins and Matt Almonte, who were locked in, and Isabel Indigo Brooks who supported them inside the pipe, are now in custody (according to the latest info). They are all being charged with three misdemeanors: resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and illegal dumping.