Forest Walk Next Sunday as Michael Zobel comes under attack

The message below is from Michael Zobel the forest guide whose support and attention to the Hambi struggle has become integral part of the occupation.  That is also why Michael Zobel has just come under attack from the regional RWE Coal Press Outlet Aachener Nachrichten as being responsible for financially supporting the occupation and even violence.  This is obvious attempt to attack and instill fear in the support base and general population, it is also a distractionary tactic from the global social and ecological instability coal and resulting climate change is causing.  So if you are either in the region or especially in area around Aachen or anywhere in the world please offer your support to both Eva Toeller and Michael at this time for bringing the issues of endangered Hambacher Forest and local and global implications of using extreme energy such as coal to thousands who have taken part in the forest walks.

As long as lignite and other fossil fuel are being extracted without any social responsibility for their effect forests, communities and Climate will be under attack and state violence and repression and corporate intimidation will progressively become the way of life.

 

“Good afternoon, everyone,

it’s that time again, next Sunday we go to the Hambach Forest, the 51st monthly forest walk takes place. Together with about 100 booked guided tours we have now reached about 13400 participants!

It’s getting big again, it’s getting informative, the weather forecast is good. As always, there is no upper limit to the size of the group, we are happy about word of mouth. And of course the press is invited again, photographers, filmmakers…

15 July, Forest instead of coal – the 51st Sunday walk in the Hambach Forest

New meeting point and new route

Meeting point 11:30 a.m. Berrendorfer Straße in Manheim, near the sports field.

We meet as usual at 11.30 a.m. This time in Manheim. On Berrendorfer Strasse, near the sports field. Plenty of parking space available. Enclosed you will find a map of the market place.

From Manheim it goes to the old A4-track and to the BUND meadow. Here you can find information about the current legal situation. In addition a photogenic action on the property and around the meadow. From there we continue into the small part of the Hambach Forest, which still remains north of the former A4, to the clearing edge and into the occupied part of the forest.

And then this: We need help on Sunday. People standing at two or three neuralgic points and instructing or diverting drivers, at the gravel plant, at the turn-off to Manheim, at the market… and the way from the S-Bahn station is far, we need several volunteers with cars as big as possible, who can offer “shuttle services” between 11am and 12pm… Thank you for your support!

Registration and further information under 0171-8508321 or on www.naturfuehrung.com or by mail info@nullzobel-natur.de

Forest tours until December: 19 August, 16 September, in September additionally on all other Sundays, 7 October, 11 November, 9 December, in the clearing prevention season many more tours, perhaps daily…

Thank you for your support,

Michael Zobel, nature guide and forest educator, Eva Töller, Antje Grothus, Todde Kemmerich and many other people who are committed to the preservation of the Hambach Forest.

ps:

Antjes petition still needs signatures, now there are more than 74400, there is something else… please sign, forward…, thank you

https://weact.campact.de/petitions/hambacher-wald-retten-klimaziele-realisieren-1

the song for the 50th forest walk, thanks to Gerd

<font color=#38B0DE>-=www.youtube.com/watch?v=- Proudly Presents

who has not yet seen Todde´s film “Journey to the Underworld

Current information from the Hambach Forest at

https://hambacherforst.org/

more information on the subject

https://www.facebook.com/BuirerFuerBuir

The next Sunday walks August 19, September 16, October 7, November 11, December 9…

Prevent further deforestation, save the rest of the Hambach Forest!

Thank you for your support,

Michael Zobel, nature guide and forest educator, Eva Töller, Antje Grothus, Todde Kemmerich and many other people who are committed to the preservation of the Hambach Forest.

Michael Zobel”

Geo-Engineering: RWE carries top soil from Garzweiler to Hambach.

Found deep in the article described below:

Cologne’s District President Gisela Walsken (SPD) emphasized – in view of the start of negotiations by the Coal Commission – that 2040 would be fiercely defended as the end date for lignite mining. “We know that the coal stream is running out. Nevertheless, we will not sacrifice security of supply prematurely for short-term questions of energy policy.”*

Aachener Nachrichten a newspaper known for its anti-activist and pro-RWE bias has outdone itself once again. In a narrative very much reminescent of positevely spinning untried CO2 sequestration and climate reversing dangerous geo-engineering schemes, the paper has acknowledged that there is a problem with resettled RWE-Coal-refugees not having enough new land to farm on after their old farms were destroyed by mining. Aachener Nachrichten admitts to this being a problem and immediately follows with seemingly brillian solution being put in place presently by RWE. It appears that the company is transporting mineral rich loess from the Garzweiler mine to the Hambach mine where a 260-metre-long tipping track called the “loess bunker” has been constructed. From that particular bunker it will be taken by truck till 2022 with about 10 acres a year being resurfaced. 10 acres a year is tiny portion compared to the thousands irreversibly destroyed and trillions more destablilized to climate change.
This narrative continues the well establish strategy of informing the populace that a problem does exists and immediately calming any unease by following it with a false solution. Speaking of which it has been awhile since there has been much talk of the other previous wonder solution, previously mentioned, that is carbon sequestration. To keep the charade going perhaps it could be suggested to Aachener Nachrichten that a new article could be written in which being fully on the way of reaching the 2 degree warming singnifying entering run away climate change is really not a problem as RWE is solving this PR dillema by oppening a carbonated water plant in which all the megatons of CO2 produced by the company will be turned into fizzy water. That this is already happening to the oceans increasing their acidity and killing marine life should not be mentioned unless another possibility is offered to desalinify the oceans and bottle resulting water instead.  Mmmmm now if only some of the toxic waste stream from coal production could be turned into hard alcohol to mix in with the soda water the problem could be completly solved by getting the global populaton too drunk to notice dissapearing farmlands and glaciers, rising water levels and now yearly droughts and temperature records.

RWE: “We don’t just f*ck up the planet, we also implement even more f*cked up schemes to convince you that we don’t.”

http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/der-lange-weg-zurueck-zum-acker-1.1932749?

*  The quote at the beggining is very reminescent of attempting to figure out policy of opposing regimes by reading in between the lines of their official statements. This statement also contains an ideological fierceness like in the struggle of Capitalism vs Communism during the cold war.  Now its fossill industry and friends vs the Planet.  2040 coal exit would not only be catastrophic to the planet making sure that the 2 degree threshold is crossed but it also implies that the coal commission will ask for a heavy bail out if it compromises for 2030 coal exit or will not even comitt to 2040 exit without such bail outs and subsidies either.  In other words not only should any thought of necessary not just for hambis survival but also for a livable planet 2020 coal exit be burried deep down but also its executioner should be paid in exchange.

2018 Calendar of Actions and Climate Camps

Each year’s temperature records are going hand in hand with Climate and Anti-Extractionist actions heating up around Europe and the World this Summer, Fall and Winter. Many of them like Skillshares Camp, Climate Camp in Rhineland and Ende Geleande are happening in or right around Hambi.  Join the Anti-Coal resistance and stay cool through creative ways of resisting the Climate Chaos narrative.

See you on the front line:

July
16 to 22 July – Swiss Climate Camp 2018 ‘as part of a festival, Switzerland;
18 to 22 July – (Wednesday till Sunday) Climate Camp 2018 in Poland;
Summer month of resistance against fracking in UK;
27 June to 1 July – Britain – Block Around the Clock: Mass camp and action by Reclaim The Power – Link;
28 July to 05 August – Climate Camp 2018 and Degrowth Summer School close to Leipzig, Germany – Link;

August
3 to 5 August – rePlace Coal – Save the climate disobediently! near Leipzig, Germany – Link;
3 to 14 August – Climate Camp 2018 & ClimateGames Basel, Switzerland – Link;
6 to 13 August – International Anti-nuclear camp in south of France – Link;
13 to 19 August – Climate Camp 2018 Rheinland Germany (focus on reflection and local outreach) – Link;
15 to 17 August – CJA Skillshare – Structures for change (We invite climate justice groups from different places to join us, to ask questions, discuss and find answers) at the Climate Camp in the Rheinland, Germany
Registration is now open here, please reply by the end of June if possible – A4 flyers in black and white or colour; A5 flyers or A6 flyers
18-15 August – UK August cycle ride from London to Code Red action camp near Groningen, NL – Link;
21 to 25 August – 6th International Degrowth Conference in Malmö. Sweden – Link;
24 to 31 August – Code Rood, mass action on gas extraction and Climate Camp 2018 in Groningen, NL – Link;

September
5.-9. September Climate Camp with learning- and Workshop opportunities from near Munich, Germany. The focus will be this year on the subject of mobility.  – Link;
8 to 9 September – Global decentralised mobilisation to show that the Fossil Free just transition is happening from the bottom up – Link;
9 to 11 September – Soil NOT Oil International Conference in San Francisco, California, USA – Link;
15 September – action day on financial crisis’ 10th anniversary (Lehman Brothers) (Brussels, Others countries…);

October
13-14 October – the first international FREE THE SOIL meeting will take place in Hamburg, Germany – Link;
13 October – Global Frackdown/Gasdown  Link
Start of the Cutting season resistance in Hambacher Forest, Rhineland, Germany with Ende Gelände mass action – Link;
Decentralized day of action on gas;
End Oct – Ende Gelände (= Here and no further) : clearing season fall 2018 Hambach Forest, Germany – Link;

November
23 to 25 November – 3rd International ecosocialist conference in Lisbon, Portugal;
9 to 11 November – CJA meeting (Czech Republic);

December
Protestes around COP 24 Katowice, Poland;

 

2018 – the year we #StopAdani & move Australia #BeyondCoal, Autralia – Link

 

Düsseldorf: Anti Proposed Police Laws Demonstration 18,000 strong

City of Dusseldorf Streets filled with thousands opposing the proposed new Police laws.  Organizers and media estimate of 18,000 participants was countered with much lower than usual Police estimate of 9300 (surprise,surprise).  Climate, Ecological, Radical, Left Groups, Pirate Party, Chaos Computer Club, and Critical Football Fans marched together with over 40 Hambi flags waving everywhere in almost every block. Following speeches at the beginning of the Demo and on stop half-way down the route, last stop occurred before the regional North Rhine Westphalia parliament. With many groups being joined by numerous Hambis.

It is not just Hambacher Forest and Climate activists realizing and being alarmed about limits on state power, many imposed following National Socialist WWII regime, being removed one by one through out the decades and now removed in one big swoop.

Here is a proposed Late Disaster Capitalism short list of the new laws:

Attempted imposition of “Imminent Danger of Terrorist Threat Detention” imprisoning one under suspicion alone for one month, increasing the detention to determine identity from one day to 7 days. Dragnet Operations in which profiling(racial and political) is used to initiate repression and control actions. Tasers being added to the arsenal of North Rhine Westphalia Police. Heightened level of digital surveilance with more viral and destructive software involved. etc, etc.

These changes are a direct outcome of not embracing and dealing the global climate, ecological and social crisis but instead deepening the level of general breakdown by leaving decision making process to industry run groups deepening the global emergency then taking advantage of the situation that is created to militarize the police and remove last remaining limits to state power.  Climate Justice dynamic of chaos and repression of those in the global south and of countless species and habitats under attack not so slowly catching up to those in the Global North.

The bubble of privilege is eroding as CO2, countless other toxins dumped at ever increasing not decreasing rates know no borders.  “Wanna See the Future? Imagine a boot stepping on human face forever.” said Orwell.  There is no larger “boot” and one that is putting the Planet in great danger, by crossing current 2C Degree run-away-climate change thresholds, than Fossil Fuels and especially Coal.  The Capitalist Parliamentary democracies are progressively beginning to turn into corporate feudal states where corporations like RWE rule the masses by hijacking the illusion of representative governments with the likes of RWE (Sorry NRW) Interior Chief Herbert Reul, a Rhine Energie insider, calling the shots on Hambi repression, eviction and now on these new laws.  Feeding both the formation of right wing and fundamentalist extremism by protecting RWE carbon emissions destabilizing the Planet on which fear and violence are becoming a daily reality for more and more of its inhabitants….

After engaging in a fear campaign against this demonstration by warning business owners and the public through the mass media about violent protest this did not decrease the large spectrum of groups appearing and mass support against those laws.  Every Action has equal and opposite reaction and the only response to this  roll back on limits of police powers could be not just historical and climate perspective but also continual reliance on Solidarity and Pro-Active Resistance, So….:

Join & Support Hambach Forest Resistance in the Forest and Everywhere!

Fight and Resist Corporate Dominance on the Laws, on the Planet and on its Future!

And as the number of “Failed States” is constantly increasing, an idea of a State itself becomes paramount to failure.  With community and mutual support being the only viable alternative. Communities and bonds of solidarity that will continue to come under ever increasing level of attack.  So get ready for a bumpy ride:  Crypto Up, Form Affinity Groups come to many of the direct action camps this summer, RESIST & SUPPORT!!

Climate Camp in Rhineland 11-22 August

AntiFa Camp in Rhineland 16-19.8

Hambi Skillshares 22-30.9

Cutting Season Resistance Oct 2017 – Feb 2018

Ende Galeande Oct 25-29

 

HAMBI BLEIBT – HAMBI STAYS!!

..STAYS ON THE EDGE OF THE MINE AND IN EVERY CONNECTED STRUGGLE!!

ZAD 7-15.7 Week of Exchanges aka ReOccupation Notre Dame De Land

Beginning this Saturday Zad version of Skillshares will begin on many of the evicted spaces attacked with such disproportionate state repression earlier this year.  About 1/3 of all structures continue to exist and are run by the anarchist and other radical and political collectives. Following week of workshops, events, actions and performances will be taking place through out the Zone. Showing that ZAD continues to be a living symbol of resistance to mega projects and ultra liberalism.

See you in ZAD and see you in Hambi!

Zad Partout – Hambi Everywhere!!

Skillshare in Hambi from 22.9-30.9.2018

Direct resistance requires|:

People with diverse skills and creative ideas to stay one step ahead of
the repressive power. Therefore, we invite everyone, from 22.9-30.9.18
at the Skillshare Camp in Hambacher Forst, to be there. The forest
occupation in the Hambacher forest has been fighting for 6 years against
the precipitation of the forest and thus against the expansion of the
lignite mine Hambach. The open pit Hambach caused enormous ecological
damage, one of the largest mixed forests in Europe fell to him almost
entirely to the victim. The peaceful protest of the forestry occupiers
was violently evicted again and again. We believe that political
activism can be fulfilling and enjoyable. The offered workshops should
help to reconcile the fight for the good life with a good life in the
here and now. In our workshops, we want to create a space for your ideas
and experiences together with you. We want to discuss with you, learn,
share knowledge and spend a nice time.
The workshops should have a focus on actions (barricade construction,
lock-ons, climbing), but also other interesting topics that arise in the
“resistance everyday” should occur – for example, workshops on artistic
matters such as juggling and space around new action ideas To tinker
strategies and above all practical implementations.
The Skillsharing Camp should not be an exclusive event. It should be
open to residents, environmental activists, but also people in social
struggles in the area or even worldwide. From this aspiration, we try to
design workshops so that they can be understood without prior knowledge
– we try to provide translations when different languages are spoken.
The Skillsharing Camp serves on the one hand as a platform for the
transfer of knowledge and skills, on the other hand as a forum to
establish and maintain regional and international contacts to other
fights.

The Skill Sharing Camp is coming, and even though RWE and the Cops are
demonstrating their power today and more recently to destroy another
part of the forest, we have some new information for you.
Information about the Skill Sharing Camp in Hambacher Forst
Please note: The term “skill sharing camp” is derived from three words
of the English language:
– skillsharing (from share to share)
-camp (there people live together, but not in closed houses)
So it’s about sharing skills, learning new things, or letting others
share in other skills.
Of course, other words with different meanings could be formed from the
letters of the word “skill sharing camp”, but they have nothing to do
with the actual meaning.

Almost everyone in Hambi has a self-chosen name. It is useful if you
think up in advance a “Hambi name” and inform you about the topic
“refuse personal” and you worry about it.
Much has to be prepared for the skill sharing camp if you have time to
come earlier.We always need people !!!
Cost ?: Do not worry about it. As a radical left-wing project, it goes
without saying that money is no reason for participation or
non-participation. Just do what you can.
Which workshops, readings and events there will be, is not completely
clear yet but if you have skills that you want to share,
please write your offer to: mit-hambi@nullriseup.net

CALL TO ACTION

2018 is a crossing point for the climate with Fossil Fools Regimes avoiding their own already conservative comittments of limiting CO2 emission to cause less than 1.5 degrees climate warming. There will not be a 2020 Coal Exit with Germany joining Trumpian America as Enviromental Ministry announced at Peterberger negotiantions for the next COP that the 2020 climate committments will not be met. Giving industry dominated Coal Comission a green light to move the German Coal Exit from 2020 to 2030-50 with massive subsidies to the Coal Industry. It is also full steam ahead for the largest eviction in German peace-time history being prepared in Hambacher Forest likely even before the start of this cutting season.

Now there is nothing in the way but massive externalized social and ecological costs, separating the Planet from reaching 2 climate warming threshold of run away climate change. There is nothing in their way to prevent complete ice cap loss, several meter ocean level rise and its death of life due to CO2 acidifiction, nothing to stop them from causing the Earth to dump its gigatons of methane traped in the Arctic to spiral climate change past 10-15 degree warming which would dissapear most of the life on this planet as we know it.
There really is nothing to stop them but massive popular response, local actions, blockades, occupations and disobedience done as not if the struggle and the resistance was just for Hambi and other ecoregions and communities but for the Platet itself.

Resisting, blockading, engaging in direct action has become matter of global survival not for the few who will attempt to shield themselves with their privelage mostly not being aware how complete not just civilizational but planetary catastrophe is presently ensuing. Ignorance is not an excuse nor absolution from responsibility.

Fight Climate Change and Privelage by joing Climate Actions and Struggles. Respond to the expected DAY X Hambacher Forest eviction(s) by Visit your local Coal power plant or any accessible inrastructure and embassies and consulates for a Banner Action – Yes whatever you do remember to bring a banner,

Hambi Stays

End of the remaining 12,000 old Hambach is nearing. That end is directly connected to climate itself with Hambach Mine being the largest net CO2 emitter in Europe. However no matter what Hambi will Stay, It will stay in the hearts and the minds of all of those who have taken part and supported the struggle over the last 7 years and into the future, ClimateJustice vs ClimateChaos Future.

Hambi Bleibt

Release of the last activist who took part in the five days of action against Eurostatory, an arms fair set up close to Paris, France.

Release of the last activist who took part in the five days of action against Eurostatory, an arms fair set up close to Paris, France.

Rodolphe is free! Here’s a report of the five days of action against Eurosatory, the arms fair that took place 11h to 15th of June in Villepinte (93) close to Paris, France.

Rodolphe was finally released after 48 hours in custody. He took direct action at the arms fair, aiming to disrupt the fair, in hope that a few contracts signed with a handful of dictators wishing to suppress their people would be postponed or even, put off!
The police accused Rodolphe for having smoke flares on him, and charged him with possession of explosives. In court, the prosecutor admitted that the case was ‘surreal’ and abandoned all charges against our comrade.

June 14th 2018: six non-vio!ent activists spot a hole in the fences surrounding the arms fair, specifically the area where weapons meant for export are exhibited every day. The activists muster the courage to take action: in front of hundreds of journalists specialised in the military and of weapons salespeople, the activists interrupt in a nonviolent manner a scene of war staged to promote the arms trade. Nice one!

The six activists are taken into custody… and five of them released after 24 hours without all charges dropped. As for Rodolphe, he is charged with the possession of explosives and his detention is extended.
Faced with the risk of a political trial and the growing mobilisation of people demanding his release, as well as with the fear of prompting a media debate about the existence of an arms fair close to Paris, the prosecutor decides to abandon the charges. This will only encourage us to do more!

Several peaceful activists who participated in this action were mishandled by the cops when they were arrested, and will file a complaint to the IGPN (Inspector Géneral de la Police National – the Independent Office for Police Conduct). A law-enforcement officer even destroyed the phone of an activist to prevent the dissemination of a video showing the disproportionate amount of violence used by the cops. Taking these legal actions comes at a cost so a call-out for donations has been set up.

Video: youtube.com/watch?v=sFYktZQx-yz

WHY TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE ARMS FAIR?

As boasted in the official advertisement for Eurosatory, the fair opens the door to every security and defence markets, enables weaponery professionals to meet and trade, gives access to all the new products and weapon systems, and showcases and other dynamic exhibitions of weapons.
Eurosatory is where 227 official delegations are ready to whip out their checkbook and drool over brand new electronic gadgets. Representatives of the armed forces from 94 countries also attend the arms fair to push their counterparts and journalists to promote and thereby foster the killing machine. In a nutshell it is the the global reference for supermarkets specialised in killing.

Fairgoers carefully avoid saying the word ‘war’, a synonym of mass scale destruction. At the same time, salespeople parade the weapons that have been used on the ground in Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan or Irak. Whether the victims were civilians or military, whether they were men women or children.

Envoys from the countries categorised as ‘friends of France’, such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the USA and Israel, all attended the fair this year. No need to demonstrate here the responsibility of these countries in many armed conflicts around the world, from the Middle East to Africa.
Delegates of the Israeli company TAVOR were also exhibiting at the fair, despite their rifles being used by the Israel army to shoot on unarmed protestors and causing the death of a lot of civilian casualties including women, children and medical staff. In fact, Israel was one of the countries with the highest representation at the 2018 edition of the arms trade fair.

ACTIONS HAVE LASTED THE WHOLE FAIR!
A lot of activists took action this year to block or disrupt the killing trade in Villepinte. Even before the fair was set up, some activists did some adbusting closeby:

‘I turn myself against others and against the future’
‘Sell arms or nuclear fuck up lives and the planet’
‘Euro Statory 2018 – arm yourself with silence and silex!’

‘Eurosatory kills’

On the 1st day of the fair, activists gathered in numbers to disrupt the arrival of the fairgoers.

The next day, on the 12th of June, activists from collective Les Désobeissants (the ‘unruly’) and Hadama Traore of the movement LREEM (the Revolution on the Move [play on words with the French president Macron’s party La République en Marche, the Republic on the Move!]) condemned the selling of weapons in the heart of Villepinte, one of France’s hardest-hit departments socially and economically.

Hadam Traore criticises the French president’s discourse on the need to revitalise poorer areas like Villepinte. With the arms fair happening here, the department’s reputation can however only be damaged even more. Residents here have witnessed conflicts between neighbourhoods, causing many to be injured. Hadama Traoré condemns the media and national government for pointing fingers at the residents of Villepinte and criminalising them when businessmen in white collars walk out of the arms fair down the road, unscathed, making millions out of human misery.

We are of course intending to continue taking action against all the arms fairs taking place in France, as this country is one of the largest exporter of arms in the world.

We will be specifically targeting the arms fair at the Bourget (June 2019) that is aimed for the export of war aircraft, and the Milipol arms fair (November 2019) organised to sell material used in the USA for internal repression.

We will never give up
the team of the Désobéissants
get in touch: rémi (remi@nulldesobeir.net)

Photocredits from www.desobeir.net
original article: www.desobeir.net/2018/06/16/rodolphe-est-libre-retour-sur-cinq-jours-dactions-contre-eurosatory/

1.7 Hambi and Hambi Treeplanting at Tag Des Guten Lebens Festival in Cologne

Several streets will be closed to traffic tomorrow around Ebertplatz in Cologne for Guten Leben Festival which will focus on ecology, sustainability, climate, interventions and activism.

There will be Hambi infostand as well as those for the Hambi Tree Planting Action this Fall and for several other allied anti-coal initiatives:

Hansaring 147

Energie, Neusser Str 30, 35

Neusser Str. 47

Trigger Warning: As for any event of this scale and with city approval there will be groups there advocating green capitalism.  Some of us feel however it is also important not to have that be the only “alternative” and “solution” presented to the masses as an answer to the present problems of planetary exploitation and ecological destruction.   Closing streets to traffic is a small symbolic step in the right direction and perhaps actions like Auf Bäumen Gegen Kohle could inspire people to realize that when the streets are closed off it would be better to plant them with trees from Hambi and not open them to traffic ever again.

Barricade Eviction Press Statement

On 28.06.2018, the Hambach Forest between Cologne and Aachen was cleared of barricades. Some people from the movement would like to make a press statement.

At 9:15 the police entered the forest. The contact officer had previously called and informed us that there will be a large-scale police operation to clear the access routes of RWE forces, under the protection of the police. Furthermore, it was announced that RWE forces will confiscate “dangerous items” if necessary. What then followed went far beyond that. There were transgressions not only of interpersonal but also of legal limits, so that in our view the action must once again be regarded as a targeted attempt to provocate and divide the movement. Once again, facts are distorted to justify the incidents to the public.

The press release of the Aachen police says:

“In addition to RWE’s barricade clearances, the forest floor was also inspected off the paths. Employees of the responsible authorities (Kolpingstadt Kerpen, Gemeinde Merzenich, Rhein-Erft- Kreis) and the police jointly assessed all objects found as bulky waste. These included plastic tarpaulins, pallets, wood, metal poles and old furniture. On behalf of the responsible regulatory authorities, RWE transported a total of 140 m³ of refuse in over 17 trucks today alone”.

We want to make a correction here:

Tearing down sleeping and storage areas (tents, constructions, etc.), declaring them as bulky waste and then carting them out of the forest is a farce that is unacceptable. In the course of “barricade clearance” in search of “dangerous objects”, structures were deliberately destroyed and subsequently presented as “garbage” in the press report of the Aachen police.

Another quote from the press release of the Aachen police:

“In the interests of transparency, an attempt was also made to enter into dialogue with the residents of the Meadow, but talks were rejected.

It must be made clear that the police have illegally gained access to the legal meadow camp. The police justified the breach of the law with the “execution of danger”. In a situation where police hundreds gain access to people’s private rooms and then demand communication, the behaviour of the meadow dwellers is more than legitimate.

Aachen Police:

“But it must be clear to everyone that the forest must be freely and above all safely accessible to everyone and that if disruptions and crimes occur, the officials will continue to intervene consistently!”

The forest is accessible to all civilians at all times, in contrast to the statement of the Aachen police, we are happy about conversations and discussions. The barricades are usually portrayed as dangerous but they primarily serve to protect the forest, to make clearing more difficult, and to protect against arbitrary violence by the police and the security company Mundt commissioned by RWE.

To the topic why we don’t want the police in the forest, there was already a detailed article on our blog.

Another situation:

“A puppy dog ran to the contact policeman during the evacuation work, who assured the activists by telephone that they could pick him up without police control. Here with it came with the collection of the puppy to a break of this promise and the activist was held over 90min by the police with handcuffs. And was only allowed to leave again after providing personal details.”

Note: It is consensus in the Hambacher Forest not to maintain contact with the Police. People doing so were asked to leave. The “institution” of contact policeman has been established after years of public critique of Forestry Ministry and Law enforcement for not engaging forest activists in discussion. It has been put in place only after events in which forest activists have been seriously injured, including by a moving vehicle by RWE security and consists of calling Hambacher Forest published numbers 15 minutes as the police is already on the way, before their appearance in the forest.  Contact cops are not just “good cop” PR tools but also intelligence assets in charge of contacts and extracting information from anybody willing to talk to them.  They are not legally obligated to honor any promises they make and often will say anything towards a strategic end in sight.  Like for example doing everything possible that RWE continues to profit by wrecking our Planet.  So much for public safety!