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Compost Toilet Eviction Trial 14.03.2017 10:30

Toiletteviction

Düren District Court has now set the trial date for the hearing concerning the actions that took place during the Compost Toilet Eviction over 2 years ago.

Background: During Skill-Shares Camp of 2014 over 50 riot cops and several pieces of equipment from RWE entered the forest to clear barricades and remove the compost toilet. This action was blocked for many hours by activists locking themselves to the bulldozers, frontloaders and by climbing into the trees in front of advancing equipment. This trial is reflection of the current trend in the Rhineland of
pressing charges against activist who lock themselves to, or block the heavy equipment. It is an attempt to prevent them from engaging in future actions. For this reason lets not forget about those who are being prosecuted and express our solidarity in person and remotely.

Personal Controls have been announced for this trial, meaning that all persons and belonging will be searched and personal information taken in order to enter the courtroom. For those not willing to comply with this there will be the usual outside the courthouse support action with banners, food and info.

14.03.2017, 10:30
Amtsgericht Düren
1.Etage, boardroom 1.25
August-Klotz-Straße 14
52349 Düren

Call for DNA typing

A little more than a week ago, somebody of the Hambach Forest activists was asked by the Amtsgericht (District court) of Aachen to provide voluntarily the own DNA.
They write, that the reason for this are alleged criminal offenses in the Hambach Forest. If you (or someone you know) also gets mail with such an invitation, contact in any case the AntiRepressionsgruppe Rheinisches Revier / Antirrr (Anti-repression group Rhenanian mining area ) or lawyer Christian Mertens before you answer.

Unionists for the preservation of the Hambach Forest

02.11.2016 Hamburg Members of the German trade union ver.di and co-initiators of the amendment to the ver.di Energy Policy have addressed an open letter to Frank Bsirske, the Federal President of this trade union, who is also deputy chairman of the supervisory board of RWE. They urged him to work for the preservation of the Hambach Forest.

Link to the open letter in German

Insights to the upside!

Repeatedly we publish on this blog notes, excerpts from diaries or whatever else is going on. They provide an insight into the life in the tree houses of the Hambach Forest. With many pictures.

We are nature defending itself

11/03/2016 Hambach Forest / Aquarium Although the clearing work started a few weeks ago, it was hardly as present as it is today. This is probably due to the fact that the sound of the machines is now closer to my ear. I estimate that today the central reservation of the former motorway is equalized at the height of Beechtown. (more…)

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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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?“.

Campaign against the deforestation 2016/ 2017

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The Skill Sharing Camp in the occupations of the Hambach Forest is going on. This camp is the beginning of the campaign against the deforestation 2016/ 2017 which is starting in the days to come.

Some important things to know before:

The First Newsletter

Hello, this is the first newsletter from the Hambach Forest.
It is exceptionally published at the blog, so you can decide if you want to subscribe to future newsletters. It is a bit more extensive, because it covers a longer period than originally planned. We hope you will enjoy reading. Feedback, suggestions & questions? Bring them on!
Translation is in progress.

Cordially, the newsletter group

###### INHALTSVERZEICHNIS #######

  1. What happened this spring / summer
  2. Repressions
  3. What is planned in the near future
  4. Schedule Plan

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July 18: Holiday of the very first Protector of the Hambach Forest

Arnold of Arnoldsweiler in the coat of arms of Arnoldsweiler
Source: Wikipedia

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This text came to us via carrier pigeon. We are pleased to be so well appreciated in this unexpected scene. This letter shows us that the struggle for the Hambach Forest is already more than a thousand years old, and that also then it was already a fight against robber barons. By the way, today is the holiday of the sender of this letter. (more…)

Climate Camp & Degrowth Summer School 2016

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Also this year 2016, there will be another Climate Camp in Rhenania! In August, from 19th to 29th, it’s once more about networking, formation and action… and about living already today tomorrow’s society – social, grassroots democratic and environmentally responsible manner.

On the climate camp, the Degrowth Summer School will again take place at which it will be important to concretise Degrowth: By learning practical skills and the analysis of social developments.

The Mobilisation Video for the Climate Camp 2016 in Rhenania

The mass action of civil disobedience “Ende Gelände”, at which last year 1,000 people paralysed the opencast lignite mine of Garzweiler, took place at Pentecost of this year in the Lausitz region. In the Rhineland (Rhenania), there will be an action lab, in which new forms of action will be tried out. If you should be interested to help us with the preparation and if you have further questions, please contact the group ausgeCO2hlt. (more…)

Preservation of Mother Earth

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Since December 2010 they have in Bolivia the unique “Law on the Rights of Mother Earth”. It gives to our planet – as a living system – rights in the same rank as the Human Rights. The indigenous population of this mountainous country has always known how sensitive the Earth is, whom we are all dependent on. That’s why they call her reverently Mother Earth: Pachamama. The current government is the first that recognizes and values the culture, belief and rights of the indigenous people.

The law states that all Bolivians are part of Mother Earth, and a little further:

The exercise of individual rights of is limited by the exercise of collective rights in the life systems of Mother Earth. Any conflict between the rights must be solved in a way that these do not affect irreversibly the functionality of the living systems.
El ejercicio de los derechos individuales está limitado por el ejercicio de los derechos colectivos en los sistemas de vida de la Madre Tierra, cualquier conflicto entre derechos debe resolverse de manera que no se afecte irreversiblemente la funcionalidad de los sistemas de vida.

The rights of the life systems (Mother Earth) therefore have priority. With such a law in Germany for example, open-cast mining would be unlawful because it damages the “functionality of the living systems” forever.
The law enumerates seven specific rights to which Mother Earth and her constituent life systems, including human communities, are entitled: (more…)

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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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.

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…)

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