Archive for April 2016

Sabotage!

Meanwhile a more credible claim of responsibility has been posted at indymedia. At this point, we do not want to comment nor torate it, we only want to report on it and to stimulate discussion. Nevertheless, thanks to the author(s) of this second letter, which certainly also will resolve some of the confusion within the “scene”.

Declaration on the cable fire in the Hambach mine

We speak up as those who caused the breakdown of the lignite mining in the Hambach open pit last Sunday morning, April 24, 2016. As a target of our attack we chose the uncovered ground lines between the coal bunker and the conveyor belts collection point. With these cables all excavators, spreaders and conveyor belts are connected. The cables pass from the substation on the western edge of the pit near Oberzier, where is transformed from 280kV down to 30kV, to the conveyor belts collection point on steel frameworks at a height of about 20 – 200 cm. Including the insulation they were about 10 cm thick.
In order to achieve a secure effect on as many cables as possible we poured and ignited tremendous loads of petrol under the cables. Near the fire, there were neither buildings nor equipment to which the fire could have jumped over. There also were no people around. The various blackouts were accompanied by bright flashes, visible in the entire pit. They were due to the discharges of the power cables as soon as the insulation was melted away. Our action was not only directed against RWE, but also against the dominant conditions. In a world where capital interests are in the foreground and the power structure ruthlessly pushes through its myopic interests against all odds, and against humans and nature, a radical resistance is needed. We want to oppose a resounding „NO“ to this system, as a first step to tilt this balance of power at some point.

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Call for Help from Finland

Below you find what happened on April 28

Update 30.4., just before midnight:

Unfortunately, there is bad news. Today both remaining camps were evicted, the residents fled (including the guests of the Action Week) for the most part into the woods. Eleven people are still detained, one person is seriously injured in hospital (after yesterday’s police attack).

“Fear not, hardships are made to be temporary”.
Repression against the opposers of Fennovoima-Rosatom nuclear power plant project continues: and it’s getting worse and worse. On Friday 4/29 two protest camp sites got evicted at Pyhäjoki, Finland. Police operations were, on Finnish scale, massive. Not big. Massive. Present were roughly 20 police vans, officers in riot gear, border patrol’s helicopter, sections from both national SWAT teams, dog units and specially equipped riot vans.

Reclaim the Cape!

Police declared the eviction of both camp sites by presenting a legally vague, written police order without even specified locations of the camp sites or other information. Just an order to leave and a declaration that police will arrest everyone „under the police law“ it considers to „be connected to locations“ or „able to disrupt public order“.

The majority of the protest campers and the “Reclaim the Cape” action week participants grouped up and vanished into the forests without negotiating with the police. (more…)

Some Dates April – Mai 2016

Mai 2016 in the WAA and surroundings

∗ It starts on Mai 8: organised Walk in the Hambach Forest.
Games night on Mai 10 in the WAA
Antifa Café on Mai 12
∗ and an event on Mai 8, the memorial day to the liberation from the Nazis in KOMM Düren.
∗ In Jülich will be on Mai 14 the Concert & Solidarity Show Open Frontiers for All!.
∗ The Kitchen Collective invites on Mai 18 Küfa and film night in the WAA.
∗ End of the month in Düren Antifa concert on Mai 21
05/23 – 06/12 Construction weeks in the WAA. (more…)

Sabotage?

These two events were reported in the last days:

  1. Sabotage am Tagebau Inden (Sabotage near the Inden opencast mine)
    “Since April 12th 2016, this text can be found at Indymedia linksunten (bottom left). Here it is only redistributed, the content of the text is debatable.
    Note: The current authors of this blog have nothing to deal with both the text, as well as with the action described! This is an uncommented forwarding information.
    Then follows a text in German, in which a person declares to have tried to fell a pylon which transports the electricity needed for the open pit of Inden. It has suffered severe damage and needs to be replaced now.
  2. Under the title Anschlag? (Attack?) we published a comment to another text at linksunten.indymedia.org: Licht aus. Tagebau Hambach, Lights off. Opencast mine Hambach
    “From the side of the meadow occupation absolutely nothing can be confirmed. During the night in question no police was sighted around the mine, nor did we spot any fire. So far we have heard from none of our trusted sources that an action like this has occurred. We do not know, and here there is already speculation that this could have been a „False Flag“ attack by RWE or RWE-affiliated individuals. It would make sense: Actually the resistance is more focussed by the authorities (as the recent police raids show), and that such events would lead to a closer look, which is certainly on the mind of RWE.”

We don’t have more details at this moment, we will report further in any case, if there is something new. And if anyone has more info / eyewitness accounts, please contact us! (Mails through our contact is automatically encrypted).
The second event remembered a reader of the German version of this site to the Reichstag fire in 1933, when the Nazis used (and probably lighted) this fire to start the prosecution and elimination of their enemies.

RWE Stockholders Meeting 2016

RWE stockholders meeting 2016 in Essen (Germany) was met with outside protest and constant inside disruptions by over 70 activists from groups ranging from Fossil Free and Greenpeace to groups and projects engaging in anti coal blockades and direct actions such as Hambacher Forest, Robin Wood and Indigenous Groups from Siberia resisting the eviction of their villages by coal mining projects linked to RWE. The protests and actions started a day before and during the night with stencils on the pavement and walls around the headquarters of RWE and the convention centre. During the morning tables, banners and inflatables were set up outside of the entrance to the convention hall that was being guarded by both local police on the outside and private security firms inside. Approximately 40 activists got inside as part of the Critical Shareholders action to be at first met with pat down and metal detector searches followed by a large dose of green washing displays and presentations. All the computer stations containing RWE propaganda were promptly redirected to the home page of the Hambach Forest occupation http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/information-about-the-forest/ and remained showing an eco/defense response to coal mining info, attentively read throughout the meeting by stockholders, next to RWE employees happily handing out corporate schwag. Before the actual meeting begun, the setting was rather surreal with activists connecting and taking Virtual Reality tours of RWE coal mines and its diggers, as waiters served drinks to an older and more conservative demographic all around. (more…)

Police searches WAA and Forest Occupation

Currently every corner of the WAA house in Düren and on the meadow occupation in the Hambach Forest are searched …
Come around, we do not know how long any report will be possible.
The repression against the environmental movement in the Rhineland is increasing.
+++ Important: New contact number +49 15759103780 +++

The newspaper Aachener Zeitung ( see article http://www.aachener-zeitung.de/lokales/region/pferde-hunde-hubschrauber-grossrazzia-am-hambacher-forst-1.1335124 ) sees a connection to offences, allegedly committed in late February. At that time the police claimed that their forces, who should accompany / enforce the deforesting work on the final day of the grubbing season, were fired at with slingshots. One person was arrested then, but after a short time released again. There seems to be video footage of the reported incident.
A dog handler with his dog is searching the meadow. What the dog is trained for, is not known.

Come to the meadow and the WAA, so that the police there can not continue searching everything unobserved !!!
Show your solidarity! Spread this information and support the local people!

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Tuesday, April 12th
Also our last compa is free now!

Monday, April 11th

  • 22:15 We call it a day and close the ticker for today. One person is still kidnapped (according to the latest info into a psychiatric hospital), but the others are all free. The arrests appear just to have been executed, so that the police could achieve any results after their totally excessive operation with more than 300 cops. We thank all those who have supported us throughout the day and who came to the solidarity rallies. Now it’s first of all clean up after the devastation. In addition, the cops have taken computers and phones, so we are pleased when people donate any. And of course we hope that the remaining kidnapped person will soon be free again!
  • 21:10 According to our information the people detained in Aachen are all free now.
  • 21:00 Police threatens with eviction of the solidarity rally in Düren, since there no chairperson is named – 20 people are there. Support needed!
  • 19:53 From the GeSa in Aachen the 6th of 7 detained persons just came out (more…)

ground-breaking ceremony in Erkelenz, 04/09/2016

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Press Release

by Todde Kemmerich

The ground-breaking ceremony in favour of the relocation of the villages Keyenberg, Kuckum, Lower and Upper Westrich and Berverath was a disaster for RWE and the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Hans Josef Dederichs, a green member of the municipal council in Erkelenz, read out a letter of 50 potential evacuees to all responsible local and regional politicians, under the eyes and ears of Franz-Josef Lersch-Mense, minister for European affairs in the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. In this letter was clearly listed what is going wrong in the preparations of the resettlement and that under the given conditions wide resistance must be expected. The reaction was great applause. (more…)

Solidarity with the detained protesters against the Milan Expo on 05/01/2015


Solidarity picture from the Skills Sharing Camp of spring 2016, on the occupied meadow next to the Hambach Forest with the detained protesters against the Milan Expo on 05/01/2015
http://www.noexpo.org/english/

Huba is free!

We are very pleased with the following message:

Our compa Huba, who was in custody since March 22, is free again!

When he was about to leave the room after Sara’s trial, his way out was blocked by police in plain clothes and judicial officials. They told him that he was searched with an open arrest warrant (justified by a risk of absconding) and they led him away in handcuffs.

For more information on Huba’s arrest and jail stay can be found at ⒶBC Rhineland.

Source (in German)
More in English: Huba in jail

Meadow/Forest Party 04/14

Hi everybody!

The anniversary of the meadow occupation in Hambach Forest comes soon and we want to celebrate it with a party on the site. It will be on the 14th of April from 18.00h on. We would be happy to meet and have a good time with all our supporters, neighbours and refugees who want to party with us.

There will be an open DJ with awesome music but feel free to bring your own music with a USB stick. Delicious vegan food will be provided too (there’s no good party with an empty stomach). You are very welcome to bring some food to share with everyone as well!

There’s plenty of space to sleep on the field and forest but you‘ll have to bring your own tents. As always, any donations would be very helpful for the food and other necessities. You can check our wish list (hambachforest.blogsport.de/join-in/donations/) and, who knows, maybe you can bring something along.You can check on Contact&Directions how to get to us.

Hope to see you all!

Trial on dumpster diving in Düren

Documentary on this item: TASTE the WASTE or Fresh in the Trash – international Trailer (English subtitles)

Two years ago, three activists from the environment of the meadow occupation at the Hambach Forest have been arrested, for the alleged “theft” of food from the bins of a supermarket in the quarter Birkesdorf of Düren. Now the trial against two of them is going to be negotiated. The third person was underage at the time of the “offence” and will therefore be judged on their own.
The accusation made by the prosecution is “aggravated theft”, because the value of the foods in the fourteen crates was several hundred euros – or would have been, if they would have been sold in the shop instead of being thrown away.

Can there be any theft of goods, that the owner has disposed of, thus given up their claim on them? Can we as a species, living on a planet with more and more scarce resources, afford this way of dealing with food – and then to even prosecute those working on alternatives? Do “we” in the industrialized North even have the right to do so, if the majority of our throwaway-consume is enabled by landgrabbing, low-wage-slavery, animal exploitation and environmental destruction?

 These questions will be in the background of the first day of the trial

on April 06 at 10:30
in room 2.29
of the Amtsgericht Düren,
August-Klotz-Straße 14
(Due to a routine of entrance-checks, arriving early is recommended.)
Open Street Map (will be opened in a new tab)

Due to the legal logic, the questions raised above are likely not to have the space they deserve – all the more, an active audience is desirable.

Exhibition in the Cologne City Hall on 04/07/2016, 7:00 pm

Overburden conveyor bridge in Lusatia occupied

“This morning an action group called LCAC – Lesbian Cows Against Cops – occupied the overburden conveyor bridge in the open cast Nochten.
They are chained with log-ons to the structure!
If you want to stay informed, you can follow the live ticker on our blog
http://lautonomia.blogsport.eu/

Apart from that there is an Indy-Article:
https://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/node/174750

and Twitter
Twitter: #Lautonomia
https://twitter.com/LAUtonomia

Solidarity and a lot of power from Lusatia”

Walk around the open pit on 04/03/2016

On Sunday, there was a walk around the open pit for everyone who felt able to participate. Below you can read the amusing report of what happened there.
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