Police in Hambach Forest, evicting shower and ropes

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.

Poison in Hambach Forst & Morschenich?!

Poisoned meat (with razer blades inside) & 3 dead buzzards have been found by activists near the Hambacher Forst occupation site in the last few weeks.
The poised meat was found on the roadside on the outskirts of Morschenich along a route popular with dog walkers.
The 3 dead buzzards were all found within 100 meters of hunters cabins. One of the buzzards still had meat in its claw suggesting a very quick death, probably by poisoning as there were no visible signs of injury to the bird.
A “TopSec” (Top Security Services) T shirt was found within 10 meter of one of the corpses together with evidences of recent forestry activity.
As yet we have no idea who is doing this but we are keeping a close watch on the area as there has been suspicions activities leitly. Approximately 11 gunshots were heard in close proximity to the camp on the eve of May Day & a large silver 4×4 vehicle (license plate n* BM LJ 500)
has been prowling th area.
Anyone with any informations can contact us on 015737345865 or email: hambacherforst(ät)riseup.net

RECLAIM POWER TOUR – MOVING ENERGY STRUGGLES

In the summer of 2013 a bike caravan will visit, connect and strengthen different energy struggles in Germany. From the east, people are coming by bike. From the south, they are are hitching. Our goal: The climate camp near Cologne. We are looking for fellow activists!
Forest occupations, train blockades, new groups against Fracking and CCS, protests against coal imports in Hamburg: The climate movement has got going! In the summer we will speed things up: We are going to connect hot spots of energy struggles with a great bike tour and a hitchhiking tour. Both will end at the Climate Camp in Rhineland (23/08 – 01/09 2013). After this, there will be a Reclaim the Fields Camp (28/08 – 05/09 -2013) and four days of actions (28/08 – 01/09/2013).
Join us!

+++ Our energy turn takes a different bearing! +++

Suddenly, everybody wants an energy transition. No matter if RWE, Vattenfall, the German Government or conservative newspapers. We, too, want an energy transition: but a different one! Energy giants are dreaming of an endless expansion of fossil transition technologies to secure their profits. Yet for us, a real energy transformation means: an immediate phase-out from coal and nuclear power. It means small-scale, social and ecological energy projects based on the interest of local comminites.
Green capitalism will not help us to limit the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The only solution is to leave behind an absurd system that has to keep growing and growing. The ecological crisis is economic growth. And poverty is not necessarily a consequence of economic crisis but a normal condition in a system that is based on exploitation. In the whole world, people are fighting against this injustice, and grass-root movements are joining forces. It is possible to create a world beyond capitalism where everybody leads a Good Life!
Each action defies resignation! RECLAIM POWER!

++ Reclaim Power Tour +++

The success of the tour also depends on how much people from different backgrounds get involved:
● Take part in organizing the tour!
● Organize a stop of point and even an action in which many people can join!
● Put actions and events you already planned into the context of the Reclaim Power Tour!
● Just cycle with us!
● Mail to info@nullreclaimpowertour.org and tell us about your issues – we get in touch!

You can find all stops of the tour so far planned on this map: http://reclaimpowertour.org/?page_id=32 . We are happy to put your local energy struggle on this map and link them to our website.
For the main route of the bike tour, the following stops are planned so far: Climate Camp Lausitz, Berlin (Energy Table, A100, Refugee Camp), Lüchow/ Wendland (Nuclear Power, Fracking), Osnabrück (Fracking), Düsseldorf (Rheinmetall)

For the hitchhiking tour, the following stops and issues are being discussed: Freiburg (nuclear power), Frankfurt (Financing, Airport), Stuttgart (S21)
The suggested routes reflect the present state of planning. What the Reclaim Power Tour eventually looks like depends on where and how you get involved. If you are leading energy struggles which are not along the route, you are most welcome to organize ‘feed in-tours’ that will join the main route.

Network Energy Struggles Moving On
The network Energy Struggles Moving On (EKIB) got together in January 2012 in order to connect different energy struggles more closely. By organizing the Reclaim Power Tour we want to offer resistance to the energy giants, also beyond the time of the tour. Moreover, we want to put forward the concept of a corporation-less, decentralized, ecological and democratic energy supply. More information on: http://ekib.blogsport.eu/author/ekib/ und http://reclaimpowertour.org

Letter of solidarity with tree-occupations against road-buildings

During the last weeks, at two different locations in Europe, trees have been squatted that would fall prey to the construction of motorways. On December 22nd, activists in Bexhill, England occupied trees against the construction of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road and have erected an entire camp now. In Berlin, free-spaces-activists, together with environmental-activists occupied trees against the A100 that is to be built through the middle of Berlin. We, the squatters from the Hambach Forest stand in solidarity with these struggles and call for a practical support and for the creation of a network of these emerging spaces of resistance with each other and the creation of many new spaces like these.

The anti-road movement in the UK in the 90s, which followed in response to the neoliberal infrastructure policies of Margaret Thatcher („there is no alternative“), was one of the strongest social and environmental movements of recent decades in Europe. Out of it many new forms of action developed: The tree house villages, with specialized blockading techniques at the sites where the roads should be built, the „critical masses“ and „reclaim the streets“ parties as reclaiming the cities against the car craze, and a general political understanding of „direct action“ as a self-empowering, dynamic form of politics from below. Even the radical environmental movement in Britain, that spread after the turn of the millennium and inspired climate movements all over Europe, had its roots in the anti-road movement.
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Stop for RWEs clearcut

RWE did already clearcut most of the part they wanted to cut this year. Also the area of the old occupation is cutted already. But now RWE have to stop cutting because of suit from the BUND – the german freinds of the earth. The suit is against the land, because they gave RWE the permision to cut, what is against the law of species conservation. RWE have to stop cutting until the court decided about the suit.

During all that, they want to evict the new occupation because of the building law, wich says that it’s ferbidden to built huts in the outer area of a village… it’s german bureaucracy…

police destroyed almost all our stuff

Yesterday activists from the evicted forest occupation gathered for the 4th time in front of the police station to reclaim their stuff which was left in the forest during the eviction.

A little list of the stuff:

  • a tippi
  • all the tents, sleeping bags,…
  • all stuff of the kitchen ( for about 80 people)
  • all the workshop materials, with good tools – some of them were only rented
  • privat stuff – warm clothes and even the wallet of some people
  • an expensive chain block

They destroyed all of this because in their view it was “rubbish”. While the police is saying that they have to save the private property of RWE (the energy company that owns the forest), they give a damn about other property like ours. We need this stuff for the cold winter time and sure they knew this. This is another example for the obiediance of the police to RWE. They ensure the profits of a greedy few against the needs of most of the people which is land, warm clothes, sleeping-bags in winter and a planet to live on. RWE is destroying all of this.

But we are lucky to have so much support from the locals who are affected from the open cast mines. They aready donated a lot of warm clothes, blankets, tents, building material and also helped to build huts that we can remain in winter on our new occupation.
Another great achievement ist that also local people are changing their minds about the police and buisness owned media which were telling lies during the eviction.

Concert at Sunday Dec, 9th

There will be cofee and cake, like every sunday at 2:00 pm. And “Klaus der Geiger” a well known artist in this region will give a concert.
Since we are at the new occupation, there are a lot of people from nearby visiting us.
For the next sunday also the lokal resitors group “Buirer für Buir” is inviting to come to the new occupation.

About Coal Opencast Mining in UK

THE LOOSE ANTI OPENCAST NETWORK

IF THE GOVERNMENT GETS ITS WAY, ARE WE LIKELY TO SEE MORE ‘MOTHBALLED’ OPENCAST SITES POCK-MARKING OUR COUNTRYSIDE?

LAON PR 2012- 16 1/12/12

The hidden topic so far, in all the discussion about the Energy Bill is what will be its impact on the UK Coal Industry. This is a much shrunken industry, producing around 18m tonnes of coal a year. Last year 59% of that coal was produced by opencast methods. This year, as the deep mining sector continues to suffer from problems and cost pressures are closing mines (on a temporary basis) at Maltby and Aperpergwm and Daw Mill, our largest pit is almost certain to close, domestic coal production is becoming ever more reliant on surface mining – in the July to September quarter, of the 4m tonnes of coal the UK produced, 65% now came from surface mines.
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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.