Press release 09/20/2018 – Tragic death in Hambach Forest

On Wednesday afternoon about 3:45 pm, the movement journalist, blogger and activist Steffen Horst Meyn, died in the tree house village Beechtown in Hambach Forest. He crashed while attempting to document an ongoing eviction action by the Special Task Force of Police (SEK), from a suspension bridge from about 20 m height. Rescue workers on the ground tried to resuscitate him. According to our information, however, he died a little later, still in the forest, in a rescue helicopter. more…

Commemoration of the person who died in Hambach Forest

After the terrible accident that occurred during the evictions, commemorative events took place in different places.
From various sources (especially social media, e-mail) we know about these events and many more:

First evening
Berlin, until 2 o’clock, Friedrichstraße 95: Memorial vigil in memory

Thu, September 20

  • Nuremberg, 6 pm, at the Lorenzkirche
  • Berlin, 6 pm, Hiroshimastraße 12: Memorial vigil in memory
  • Essen, from the morning, Hauptbahnhof exit Freiheit at the monument “Steile Lager”: vigil
  • Jena, 20:00, in front of the Stadtkirche (city church): memorial in remembrance
  • Aachen, 18:00, in front of the city hall: silent commemoration of the journalist killed in the Hambach Forest (Subsequently ther was a demonstration, with about 2000 participants)
  • Amsterdam, 20:00, in front of the German consulate

Steffen

No lifting platforms for evictions – Disclaimer in all leases

On Sept. 18th, the companies Gerken (no english version of their press release) and Cramer (english) withdrew their lifting platforms from the evacuation of the Hambach Forest. We hope that this important and responsible step will to catch on. Both companies had been made aware of the improper use of their devices by attentive forest walkers. We thank them for these hints.
In their statements, both companies also point out that they have not been informed in advance about the intended use of their machines. That’s why we recommend for lifting platform rental:

Disclaimer in all leases – No deployment for evictions more…

Journalist fell from tree and died – activists demand immediate intervention stop in Hambach Forest

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A friend who has accompanied us as a journalist for a long time in the forest, fell today from a suspension bridge over 20 meters high in Beechtown and died. At that time police and RWE tried to evict the tree house village. The SEK was in the process of arresting an activist near the suspension bridge. Our friend was apparently on the way there when he fell.

We are deeply shaken. All our thoughts and desires are with him. Our compassion goes to all the relatives, friends and people who feel concerned.

We urge the police and RWE to leave the forest immediately and stop this dangerous operation. No further lives may be endangered.

What is needed now is a moment of rest.

Even if this is difficult for you at the moment, just as it is difficult for us to give such a factual hint: We recommend, in order to protect all activists, do not give any statements, nor even make any testimonies at the police. The accident must and will be reappraised, but the police are not the place to do that. Their interest is to blame activists.

Ticker september 18-24

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See also the twitter accounts: @HambiBleibt @HambiEA #HambacherForst #HambiBleibt

Videostreams: @anettselle Videos von gestern: @MKreutzfeldt


September 25th
and later.

September 24th
Press release

20:19 Current status Kleingartenverein: Last machines are withdrawing. All tree house remains are removed. One tree house is still standing with several people and sporadic people on trusses / trees. Police with a floodlight installation and about 50 cops on site.
19:50 Police announce that they will be closing time for today in KGV.
19:29 In Kleingartenverein still eviction with floodlight in progress.
18:57 The blocked trains run again since about 5:30 pm. Eleven activists were detained. People are already waiting for them and others in front of the GeSa Aachen. Overall, the coal trains were blocked for about 8 hours.
18:43 In Kleingartenverein now 2 lifting platforms. After Dialektik now also Jelka vacated, accompanied by accordion music and vocals. In Rentnerglück (pensioner’s luck), the sunset is enjoyed in spite of everything.
18:43 Cops retire behind the safe barrier tape. Cheers from the occupation in Lorien. more…

Forest-walk this Sunday (23rd September), or any day!

Every person has a right to experience nature, see the trees, feel the leaf-covered ground under their feet, and hear the calm ambiance of the forest. However, in the 12,000 year old Hambach Forest, the police are making it hard for nature-lovers young and old, to do so.
The whole area in and around the Hambach forest has been officially declared as a “danger-zone”, giving the forces of the state the right to ID-control and search every person entering the area, and some people have been forced to leave the area “prohibited to return” for up to several months. more…

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT – 15.09.18

EVICTION CONTINUES, TUNNEL REMAINS, SOLIDARITY IS ACTIVE

Today the eviction of the occupation in the 12,000 Hambach forest continued.
In the northernmost occupation, fittingly named “The North”, police brutally destroyed the homes of the climate-justice activists, which had locked themselves on in order to delay the demolition of the treehouse occupation.
As the day passed, the police ended up “successfully” evicting all of “The North”, including the treehouses Fabacea and Kontiki, and leaving the pieces of the treehouses spread all across the forest floor.

Meanwhile, the police kept working on destroying the Oaktown occupation, bringing down the treehouse Tanit, and beginning the eviction of the common-space of the occupation, the 3-floored Tower.
Besides these, the groundstructure Simona, on which the police have already worked for two days, was taken apart, despite the underground tunnelsystem, in which two people were still locked on.
The tunnel was one of the bigger stories of the day, as the police, despite trying very hard, were still not able to evict the activists from their 10 meter deep chamber.

Throughout the day, the police actively kept national as well as international press at a distance, in order to make it harder for the journalists to give a proper picture of the brutal destruction, and give the activists a voice. Despite this, journalists were able to spread information on the process of the largest police-action in the history of NRW.

Already early in the morning, news about an apparent solidarity action at the Niederaußem coal-power-plant reached us. Here activists erected a tripod, with the banner saying “Hambi bleibt!” (Hambi stays!), and locked on to a conveyor-belt transporting lignite, as well as occupying 3 diggers. This successfully led to the power-plant being brought down to around 20% of its normal capacity.
In and around the occupation, solidarity was also clear to be seen.

Here the action-group Aktion Unterholz arrived with several hundred motivated people, some breaking police-lines and entering the forest, shouting political slogans in support of the occupation, which could be heard by people in the trees, enduring the siege of the police. The action of Aktion Unterholz made a statement against the absurd police-presence, with reference to the city of Chemnitz, where police weeks ago weren’t able to handle extreme-right protesters hunting down immigrants. “Where were you in Chemnitz?!”

Following the example of the last days of eviction, the violent repression directed towards the climate-justice activists was strong.
During the action of Aktion Unterholz, police-officers brutally beat and arrested people, harassed journalists, and even used pepper-spray against demonstrators.
It is estimated that around 30 people were brought to the pre-charge detention centre in Aachen, were supporters outside were awaiting their release, with music, coffee and cake.
Most people brought into the pre-charge detention centre are released within 24 hours.
However, in connection to the eviction of a tripod in the occupied Hambach forest on September 13th, one person was brought into custody jail, for an undefined amount of time. Read more about Andrea (“UP3”) on the blog of ABC Rhineland (https://abcrhineland.blackblogs.org/).
Responsible for the continued violence against activists, journalists and nature, is interior-minister of NRW Herbert Reul (CDU). Despite the wide environmental movement, and the German plans for coal phase-out, Herbert Reul continues to protect the interests of RWE and the coal-lobby with the weapons of the state!

The struggle here continues, and is stronger every day. Although the situation here is tough, we are looking forward to experience individual and collective action of support and solidarity in NRW, Germany, Europe, and all over the world!
Hambi stays, today and forever!

Soli Actions and Demonstrations

Not yet translated, but hopefully rather understandable

14.September

14:30 Essen, Willy-Brandt-Platz, Mahnwache

14:00 – 16:00, Dresden, Prager Straße: Solidemo HambiBleibt

17:00 – 19:30 Demo von Buir Bahnhof zum Wald

17:00 Hambi Solifest und Konzert in Düren an der Christuskirche hinter dem Stadtcenter

18:00 Kassel, Königsplatz: HambiBleibt Asamblea am Obelisken, Infos, Empörung, Wut und Mut kanalisieren

18:00 Stuttgart, Schlossplatz: Solidemo Hambacher Forst und Kohlausstieg

18:00 Hambi Bleibt! Demo in Frankfurt, Kaisersack, ab 19:00 Mahnwache mit Aktionen am Willy-Brandt-Platz.

18:00 Cottbus, Altmarkt am Brunnen: Mahnwache

15. September

13:00 Köln/Buir Aktion Unterholz (Treffpunkt zur Anreise 13 Uhr Hbf Köln)

14:00 Osnabrück, Theodor-Heuss-Platz: Endcoal Demonstration in Solidarität mit dem Hambacher Forst

15:00 Pödelwitz bei Leipzig, Kirche: Pödelwitz und HambiBleibt Soliaktion

20:00 Backnang bei Stuttgart, Mühlstraße 3, Juze: Solikonzert

16. September

11:30 Hambacher Forst: Wald statt Kohle, Waldspaziergang

12:00 Hambacher Forst: Aktion AufBäumen gegen Kohle

15:00 Freiburg, Platz der alten Synagoge: Demo für den Erhalt des Hambacher Forstes

Falls eure Veranstaltung hier aufgeführt werden soll, bitte eine Mail an hambacherforst@nullriseup.net schreiben.

Press Release 09/13/2018

MASS EVICTION OF FOREST OCCUPATION, LARGE SOLIDARITY PROTESTS

Today the struggle for the Hambacher Forst reached a long awaited climax.

Early in the morning the police gathered its forces from all over the state, and alongside Special Deployment Commando (SEK, German SWAT teams), several eviction-tanks, water-canons, climbing-officers, and technical units, started preparing for their biggest escalation so far, the continuation of eviction of the climate-justice occupation camp in the 12,000 year old forest.
It was clear from the beginning, as information had also reached us the day before, that the early hours would bring with it the deployment of the largest police action in the history of the state of NRW.

Entering the forest from the Secu-road at the eastern entrance, by the Deathtrap/Lollipop occupation, the police had to first evict a sitting blockade of catholic pilgrims, before they could even begin the eviction of the first barricade, which, once begun, took several hours. After having arrested the occupiers of the first barricades, a tripod and a monopod, and violently attacking a protester, they were able to continue with the eviction of the two treehouses at the entrance, Deathtrap and Lollipop. Shortly after the break of noon, the police entered at the northernmost occupation, fittingly named The North, and began evicting people from hammocks, as well as treehouses. The eviction continued through the day, with police being strongly present in all parts of the occupied forest.

In protest of the eviction of the forest occupation, the violent escalation of the police, and the cutting of the forest, despite the formerly announced cutting-stop supposed to last until October 14th, a demonstration of 1600 people walked from the nearby village of Buir towards the forest. A wide spectrum of people, from all over the region, children as well as seniors, showed a strong sign of solidarity with the campaign for the preservation of the forest, and the climate-justice occupation camp. As the demonstration reached the Mahnwache, a smaller protest “headquarters”, the police forbade it to continue. Despite the orders of the police, the demonstration continued to walk towards the Meadowcamp outside the forest, where a group of around a hundred people, in support of the civil disobedience campaign Aktion Unterholz, broke through police lines and entered the forest, in order to block police and RWE equipment, and spread out their ressources.

Despite the eviction of encampments in the occupied forest, the arrest of several activists, and the destruction of parts of the unique eco-system in the forest, the message of the day was as clear as a bonfire in the night: the movement is strong, will keep struggling against the injustice of the state of NRW and energy-giant RWE, and will definitely continue acting for climate justice in the Rheinish lignite-mining area, and all over Germany!