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NODAPL Water Defeners Under Constant Attack

This Monday 1.17 another confrontation has taken place between Water Defenders opposing the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the cops. Rubber encased steel bullets were fired injuring several activists, tear gas was used and 14 activists were arrested. Barbed wire was removed formed into frisbies and thrown back at the cops.Several hour long standoff continued on the Backwater Bridge separating the protesters from the pipeline construction site. The pigs continued to shoot down any drones that were not their own. This repression is taking place while the Republican controlled state assembly of North Dakota is attempting to pass a new law that would make it legal to injure and even kill any pedestrians blocking a road while driving a car. This is obviously directed against Water Defenders who like many ecological activists often blockade roadways and who already have been hit and injured by idiots driving snow mobiles around the protest site. This new law would in effect allow any racist pig-headed vigilante to turn his already destructive and deadly vehicle into even deadlier and now even state sanctioned weapon. This brings up parallels of RWE’s secus also using a truck to ram, injure and then arrest a Hambi activist also with full sanction and approval of the state. Water Defenders are also currently facing Grand Juries forcing them to testify and list their comrades under a threat of imprisonment if they refuse. Regardless many have chosen not to cooperate. This resembles the cases of house searches, home visits and questioning by the german cops as experienced on many occasions by those involved in the anti-coal struggle in the Rhineland. Both are not even as much attempts to persecute as they are tools to intimidate and silence especially in the case of Water Defenders who are facing grand juries in cases dealing with repressive police tactics and their use of force resulting in activist’s injuries. The parallels and similiarities between the two movements come to an end however when one takes into account that none of us in the Rhineland has had to dealt with 400 years of colonialism, genocide and continuing state sanctioned racism and exploitation and its aftermath, 4-5 to 11 years maybe but not 400. Neither are any of us eposed to daily barages of rubber bullets, armored personell carriers and water cannons in freezing weather. In the case of Rhineland and RWE in particular the bullets _are_ flying but they are being shot by right wing hit squads aka crooked cops in places like Columbia against those who refuse to move from their homes to make way for RWE’s coal mines there, the gas is not tear gas but giga-tons of climate killing carbon affecting the global poor in the south of the planet the most, oh yeah there is even freezing water involved as well as antarctic ice shelves turn into mush and slide into the ocean and as the northern ice cover diminishes to the lowest levels ever recorded. Flooding hundreds of millions in Bangladesh, through out the Indian Ocean and beyond. Proving that RWE is just as racist and reactionary in its modus operandi as the rest of its Fossil Fool(Fuel) industry cohorts.

Therefore the only justice possible and attainable here will never originate from any of the capitalist courts which are now in a never-ending state of emergency and a mad race to out due each other with ever expanding arsenal of surveillance, repression and torture to protect the profits of their corporate masters. In a time of global ecological and social collapse the only justice that is possible is a justice attained by the struggle of resistance based on solidarity and unity of struggles such as the one in Rhineland, Standing Rock and countless others around the planet which are standing and fighting against the forces of greed, destruction and death.

In Solidarity with Standing Rock, and all others who are active in the Strugle….

Hambach Forest Defender

2017 OVERVIEW OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIONS

This years events related to the Hambacher Forest and Climate Justice at large struggles include: Tour de France passing by Garzweiler Mine in July and COP 23 taking place in Bonn in November.

January:
21st. City of Essen, the location of RWE headquarters, is awarded the title of the greenest city in Europe, this will take place with numerous coal industry sponsorships.
21st. Demo against Green Week, Berlin 12:00 Potsdamer Platz
23rd. 19:00 Anti-Coal Meeting: AlleWelt Haus Cologne

February:
27th. Carnival in Cologne with left political parade groups participating

March
12-31 Climate Fest in Cologne coinciding with Global Break Free from Fossil Fuels Week

April:
RWE shareholders meeting

May:9
5-13 Global Divest from Fossil Fuels(Fools) Week

June:
25th. Anti-Atom Action Achen

July:
2nd. Tour de France passes by the Garzweiler Coal Mine

August:
24th-29th Action Week/Clima Camp

Septemeber:
Bundestag Election

November
COP23 Bonn + ende galende at cop 23

1.15 SUNDAY 34th FOREST WALK AND RED CARD FOR RWE ACTION

At noon this Sunday a Red Card for RWE action will start at the parking lot and grill platz at the entrance to the forest outside of Buir . Please bring red cards, signs, costumes, flags etc and rubber or hiking boots. The walk will be led by Michael Sobel forest guide with background given on the history of the forest and the struggle. Lets giving RWE red card for additional 500 meters of the forest cut this season be the starting point for the response to this ecological disaster.

COLOGNE: KVB ABOUT TO CUT 300 TREES.

Koelner Verkehrs-Betriebe, Cologne’s Municipal Transportation Authority, intends to cut down trees in 2 neighbourhood parks and among the Bonner Strasse to make way for a light rail project. Light rail unlike trams can not stop on a street but calls for elevated platforms and does not use existing road surface. Instead it causes massive neighbourhood destruction by the need to construct dedicated rail tracks, demolishing the already existing roads, tree-lines, side walks and historical buildings. It is an example of green-washed unsustainable mega projects. Initial estimate of construction was put at 500 million however over the first 2 years of its construction the cost have ballooned to over 3 billion while still not being in service.
This profit driven project focuses also on car traffic expansion and will result in a further pollution, CO₂ emissions and gentrification in this now largely working class neighbourhood.

A call goes out to all in the Cologne urban area and beyond to fight this concrete and asphalt based attack on the remaining urban green areas.
Stop by and support every Tuesday between 15:00 and 17:00 at the Vigil (Mahnwache) and info stand at Schönhauser Str. and Bonner Str. and on Thursday at 19:00 for a planning meeting at Restaurant Oratio on the corner of Mannsfelder Str. and Brühler Str.
4 day warning has to be given before these trees will be felled.

More info on http://www.nabis.de/artikel/ubahn-25.html

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Hambach Coal Railroad Sabotaged

lone wolfs doing what needs to be doneOn the night of the 5th of January I paid a visit to the Hambach open cast browncoal mine close to Aachen. My goal was to destroy the railroad tracks with a load of thermite I stole from an other industrial company.

Thermite burns around 2500 degrees celcius, and the steel of the tracks melts around 1500 degrees celcius, so the thermite does a lot of damage when ignited properly.

I chose the location so it would hurt them most, at the part where the train can switch to the other track since this part is one of a kind and they have to make a new one on site.When I got there I set everything up after checking the target and my escape root, the termite I put in 2 plant pots with holes in the bottoms to guide the molten mixture to the right place. The stuff is easy to ignite with sparklers, which you can get anywhere around new years, but to be sure it all went up I put around 20 in each spot. I placed the device and set it ablaze.

Just in the moment I lighted the 2nd one I saw the headlights of a train coming my way. I had plenty of time to get some space between me and the molten mixture and watch the train driving into one of the pots. The tracks and front wheel were covered in the burning thermite and making a repetitive noise of the wheels hitting the damaged spot.
After one last look at this spectacle I got my ass out of there.

Greetings,
Piromane against RWE.

--found on earthfirstjournal.org--

Let’s stop together racists and neo-Nazis!

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Saturday, 01/07/2017
1:30 pm Demonstration in front of the main station

Saturday, 01/14/2017
1:30 pm Cologne Ottoplatz/railway station Deutz

Pro NRW and other right-wing groups want to exploit sexual assaults on women on New Year’s Eve, during the night of January 1, 2016, for their racist agitation.
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Action Advent Calender 2016

This year the first action advent calender started, the idea is: up to Christmas every day some people are going to surprise us all with some action against the clearcut of Hambach Forest. The actions will be published on wortkulturen.de/category/aktionsadventskalender/ (just in German) where are always more pictures than on this blog. If you want to take responsibility to take action for a specific date get in contact with them: 01577/6655450
Below you find an English translation of some of these actions.

-- It is like a live ticker: the last opened door is on top --

12th door open!
Occupation of the Hambach lignite railroad:

After the most recent, massive attacks by RWE and the police on the brown coal resistance in the Hambach Forest, we went back into the offensive last night. The Hambach railroad is blocked once more, on both tracks.
Action declaration: https://linksunten.indymedia.org/en/node/199035 (english)

Live ticker (up to now only in German): http://hambacherforst.blogsport.de/2016/12/12/ticker-blockade-der-hambachbahn/

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UPDATE! Three more people in prison

from https://abcrhineland.blackblogs.org

On December 3rd, one more Person was arrested and is now in Prison on remand.

Since December 1st there are two more activists from Hambach Forest in custody jail.

According to the police, both have been at a treehouse close to the entrance of the forest, when firework was set off towards police officers. Noone got hurt. They are accused of causing an explosion and aggravated assault. Custody jail ist justified by danger of absconding, because both have their residence outside of Germany.

Thuersday noon they had their arraignment in Kerpen and were then brought to the women’s prison in Cologne Ossendorf.

Support

Write letters! Be aware that each single letter is getting checked and controlled by the authorities. Hodei and Siao speak Spanish and English. Add stamps, photos, pictures, leaves, sticker, glitter and other stuff, which brings a smile to the face of our compas and angers the censor. (more…)

Deforestation and Police Operation Nov. 28th – Dec. 6st

News ticker around the beginning of the grubbing south of the former motorway A4
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Ticker

(The most actual on top)

06.12.

  • 13:00 The meadow wants to say thanks for all the awesome food donations which arrived the last days :)
  • 12:00 Up to now everything is calm, nothing special got reported.
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    Barricades and police operation

    Today about 200 cops were in the forest with a water-cannon, an eviction-tank and a bomb squad. In the morning a barricade had been set up on the main access route of security- and deforestation staff. This used to be the exit Buir of the former Motorway A4.
    According to the media, police trying to evict the burning barricade were attacked with stones. Besides that a spooky gas cylinder with some wires was tested by a special robot on whether it’s a bomb.

    Action declaration (linksunten Indymedia): Herzerwärmende Grüße aus dem Hambacher Forst (Heart-warming greetings from the Hambach Forest, English translation under the German text)

    Press review (all in German):

    Aachener Nachrichten: Hambach Forest: police-robot examines gas bottle

    WDR 1: Kerpen-Manheim: Police operation in the Hambach Forest

    BEWARE police press release: POL AC: Police in operation in the Hambach

    BEWARE Express: Brown coal opponents throw stones at RWE employees and police

    WDR: local TV news (The Hambach report comes after one about an airport.)

    Newsletter: August – October 2016

     Hi,
     After a relaxing summer, the deforestation season has started again. So RWE is busy again cutting trees, but the coal resistance was not idle as well … Read it best yourselves in this actual newsletter. As always only a small selection.

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    Report from the Hambach Forest

    Morschenich: In the Hambach Forest, which is occupied by environmental activists, actually trees are harvested under the protection of the police. Every year, the coal and nuclear group RWE carries out deforesting work in order to realize the expansion of the open-cast lignite mine of Hambach.
    The Hambach Forest has been known since April 2012 because of the occupation of trees by nature conservationists. Again and again, there are actions that interfere with the smooth operation of the three large opencast lignite mining projects in Rhenania. An initiative from a wide range of groups and individuals has been committed to the preservation of the Hambach Forest for years and to an immediate exit from coal power.

    “The further destruction of the Hambach forest, in favour of the expansion of the opencast mining, is like the last convulsions of a dying RWE group that has ignored structural change for almost 20 years”, tree occupant Tim Wiese says.

    Small updates to yesterday (Nov. 2nd): (more…)

    The season has started – clearing protected by police

    Today the first large-scale clearing operation by RWE in the Hambach Forest of this season took place. Up to now, the destruction work is limited to the area north of the former highway of the relocated A4: After the clearing of the previous year, a narrow strip of forest was left behind between the old A4 and the Hambachbahn, a coal railway-line that was also relocated. Today, trees in this strip were cut down for five hours close to the so-called Secu-Bridge at the former highway exit. So apparently, in this clearing season RWE plans to first cut down this strip of forest from east to west. (more…)

    Action Red Line – Media Review

    In nice autumn weather, more than 1000 people (according to police) participated on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the Action Red Line A4.

    10-23-2016 Action Red Line on the ancient A4

    Pictures/Films:

    Press releases (selection):

    One of the organizers created a petition with the same demands as were set out in the action below. She asks to sign it numerously!
    She is a member of Buirer für Buir

    News from the Hambach Forest

    Part 1. Support for a tree occupation. But how?

    Hambach Forest, tree occupation Oaktown & Gallien (Gaul).

    Support for a tree occupation. But how?

    You want to support the tree occupation Oaktown, Gallien or another but do not know how? No problem. We (supporters and tree-occupants) have put together a few questions which are always asked and we answered them. This is shown how you can bring in very different ways. We also show how you can contribute in very different ways.

    Continue

    In the coming days will be published: „Part 2. Grubbing, what’s that?“.