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Crappy Justice

The trial concerning the eviction of a compost toilet at Skillshares in 2014 took place in Duren last Tuesday. It concerned locking on to pieces of machinery which slowed down for couple hours the advancing line of riot cops and a front loader heading to destroy the forest latrine of the Meadow Camp. There was a very good turn out with 50 supporters which was too many for the room, with people sitting on the floor. The atmosphere was very close knit with people cuddling. So much time has elapsed since these events that witnesses could not remember the events and some stated that the activists came from the right some saying that they came from the left, one recalling that the face and details of defendant could not be seen while the other said he definitively had red hair [the defendant was not masked during the action and has brown hair]. The persecutor was so unexperienced that the trial had to be periodically paused to call another persecutor to get advice on how to proceed. With interests of the State being so intertwined with that of RWE one could not help wonder who that other persecutor on the other end of the line might have been. The police could not also clearly answer how they identified the defendant and if the person in the courtroom was the same person but were only sure that they did arrest him. In the end no charges were filed but a sentence of 50 hours of community service was given anyway. The judge refused for these 50 hours to be served at the WAA or BUND fur Umwelt Naturschutz(German offshoot of Friends of the Earth) and instead ordered the time to be served at a Food Bank in Duren.

After the destruction of the compost toilet over two years ago more people have been using buckets which have become an object of fear on the part of the secus and toilets have been build high up in the trees.

RWE attempts to ban protesters from its mines

Legal attempts continue to intimidate climate justice activists: RWE has been issuing letters requesting that individuals involved in the act of entering the Garzweiler mine in 2015, whose names and addresses have been recorded, agree in writing not to enter the mine again in exchange for charges to be dropped. Legal action is being taken by the anti-coal Climate Camp Alliance and supporters to prevent this legalistic arm-twisting.

https://www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/rheinland/braunkohlegegner-contra-rwe-100.html

130 People show up on the forest walk despite the weather


This Sunday the walk in the Forest brought more than 130 people to the Hambacher Forest. After converging on the road to Buir and meeting each other and talking together for about 40 minutes with tea and coffee and info provided by Hambi Activists the group journeyed into the forest. The walk stopped at forest occupations of Oaktown and Gallien where Forest Defenders shared their experiences of living in the trees and the visitors brought numerous donations of food and supplies. Later food(followed by a loud applause for the cook/s) was provided in the forest at the edge of the meadow where photo exhibits were shown. Towards the end many new visitors witnessed for the first time the destruction of the cutting zone itself and saw the mine with its diggers. There were also two „contact“ plain clothes police present on this community walk, who tried to ask activists about which part of the occupation they live in. No responses were given to these questions given the common experience of facing often violent and almost always large in number police presence in the forest. That is also what makes the monthly walk in the forest such a welcome break for many of the forest people as it allows one, for a change, to be surrounded by a large number of people who are not armed, aggressive and who do not blindly back the most ecologically destructive company in the region and world-wide.
Some of the photos from the Walk:

Newly added (3.23):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149037058@N08/sets/72157679977259010
https://flic.kr/s/aHskWmcwjy

http://janlueneberg.tumblr.com/tagged/hambacher-forst

SkillShares Camp April 10-17

Skillsharing Flyer
Skillsharing Flyer

This spring once again a Skillsharing Camp will take place on the meadow again.
The agreed on date is: April 10 to 17 . The Camp will be full of workshops, lectures, art and actions in and around the Hambacher Forst. We are confident that it will be as much visited, if not more,as the last time, and that after the hard winter it will bring new impetus into the resistance. So please spread the info! If you want to help with the orga or contribute to the program, please feel free to contact. We look forward to seeing you!

Flyers are available in the forest (we can send them by mail, simply write us a message) or print them yourself.

Forest Walk This Sunday

Sunday, 19.3.2017, 12 o‘clock: 36. Waldspaziergang with Michael Zobel
13 March 2017
In general and dates

„Good day everybody,

Early spring in Hambacher Wald. The clearing season 2016/2017 is over, there is peace again. The forest has once again become considerably smaller. Nevertheless, the rest of this former forest of the Rhineland is still worth preserving and many people are working to save the remaining land.

This includes the monthly guided tours I have been offering for three years. Fabulous 7022 small and large people were present, last 1200 (!) Participants in the Red Line in February.

Now the March forest walk is on. Certainly again a bit quieter, certainly more nature guidance than demonstration. RWE is always trying to prevent the tours, but also roadblocks do not stop us from coming back and showing people what environmental destruction is happening in front of our doorstep.

Also next Sunday we will show again pictures, which are not to be seen otherwise, will start conversations, which otherwise do not take place. All are invited to take a pictures, form an opinion, ask questions.

I thank you for the support, sincerely,

Michael Zobel from Aachen

Secus again using their trucks to run down people -2 Activists Arrested

The 4 different security firms working for RWE around the mine have been attempting to keep people from looking into the mine and from taking photographs. In case of the media this constitutes a polite caution to return to the edge of the forest and not enter the deforested area or attempt to take photos of the mine. In case of the Hambacher Forest Activists entering the same area results in a mad chase with securities attemping to „bag“ an activist. Cars and trucks are used to try to chase people down and pin in them in just like in the case of a forest defender getting hit by the suckurity vehicle, being injured and then arrested for assault during the previous cutting season.

This Sunday in the early afternoon several activists ventured to the vicinity of the mine. They were at approached at first by two secu trucks which were then joined by two more. As if this was an open season on environmental activists: the vehicles begun to rev up their engines loudly, drive madly around the activists and attempt to box them in with their 2-3 tons of steel. When this did not work, some of the secus got out of the trucks and begun to chase the activists on foot through the ankle deep mud, with both sides slipping, sliding, getting stuck and falling as the 4 trucks continued to drive at the activist and attempt to cut them off. During this madness two activists were maced and captured and are being detained, either for trespassing or for any additional stuff that the pigs decide to add on to keep them longer. One of the activists earlier in this cutting season was woken while sleeping in the forest by the RWE’s publicly funded, storm troopers by being beaten and kicked and then was arrested. We can only imagine that experiencing this continual level of physical state instigated violence must make this already shitty experience even more so. Our Solidarity and Support Go Out To Them!!!

You are not alone! We are with You!! FUCK RWE!!

Former-Hambi-Prisoner-Meeting

To have some exchange between each other we want to gather in the afternoon of 19. march as former prisoners on meadow.
If we stay in one big group or if we split up into samller one we can decide there.
The idea was to find a nice comfortable place in the forest – if the weather is shit we can also find other places.

The meeting is not public – its just anounced here because we are not connected up to now.

8 Meter Ocean Rise the New Norm over the next century

Climate Change Capitalism and Corporations
RWE continuing Carbon emissions from their power plants and mines, the largest net CO2 source in Europe, and its out of season destruction of a natural carbon sink that the Hambacher Forest has been for millenia is all taking place despite a continuing temerature records being broken(9 all time temperature record-breaking years happening all in this century), unprecedented low arctic and now also antarctic ice-cover, despite catastrophic effect on the planet as reflected even by both IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) latest revised predictions that double the water-level rise during this century to be as high as 8 meters beyond present level. This will mean the obliteration of habitats world-over and destruction of coastal cities. Still these official studies are flawed in two most important aspects: for their CO2 emissions estimates they use the data which has in US and several other industrialist countries been provided by the industry itself which has been monitoring its own emissions, the actual emissions are in reality much higher. Second the future projections take into an account COP Summit’s non-binding agreements for future projected CO2 output which in most cases are not abided by and exceeded, which especially will be the case with climate deniers such as Trump in power. So the „worst case“ scenario is in reality the new normal with the potential worst case scenarios being even more catastrophic as predicted by former Nasa scientist James Hansen, the originator of global warming warnings in the 80’s who has been predicting several meter ocean level rise for the last 10 years. Leading him to lock himself to the White House fence and get arrested even during the previous „Oh-yes-we-do-need-to-do-something“ US administration.

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-scientists-bar-sea.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/22/sea-level-rise-james-hansen-climate-change-scientist

BROWN COAL FOLLOW-UP COSTS REJECTED

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North Rhine-Westphalia Parliament turns down assessment of costs of post-coal exploitation clean-up and remediation.

In the latest round of decision-making a proposal was put forth by the Pirate Party for an independent assessment on the costs of the brown coal exploitation and associated clean up costs. The application was commissioned by BUND(German Friends of the Earth) and environmental experts who criticized the lack of transparency in coping with the long-term damage caused by brown coal and the lack of financial funds for clean up operations. This was in turn rejected by the majority of FDP, CDU, SPD backed by their Green allies.

This proposal to take a deeper look at the impact of coal on the local ecosystem and economy was turned down due to „Green“ Party’s compliance with the coal industry. Initially the Greens supported the proposal only to vote against it in the end as SPD and the Greens in NRW had agreed by forming a coalition agreement that stipulates that they will only be voting in unison. Why such an environment oriented proposal has the potential to split the coalition says quite a bit about the state of „red-green“ power-sharing alliance.

In the course of the roll-call vote, the members of the Pirate Party were filming the Green MPs as they cast their votes. Voting was then interrupted and the filming and photography was expressly forbidden.
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This decision, or rather lack of any decision and action reflects the bleak reality of the so called Resource Course. Turning through the capitalist dynamic of exploitation and corruption the richest in natural resources regions such as Apalachia, Niger and Anthabasca River Deltas, Northern-South America and Western Papua New Guinea and many, many others including NRW into the most ecologically, socially and economically decimated regions on the planet where the the local population is left not just with a toxic legacy but also with increased aftermath of repression and human rights violations and disintegration of any illusions of governmental transparency. Only in such a context is it possible to ignore the global impact of Fossil Fools and Extreme Energy, as the ruling politicians who are also openly employed by RWE call out louder and louder for eviction, repression and silencing of all who raise the voice of alarm and refuse to remain passive.

Of course this lack of social responsibility and the resulting ecological and climate break-down is also a „great opportunity“ to all who, like RWE, have close connection to military industrial complex and benefit from use, expansion and also militarization of law-enforcement and who already take advantage of political and ecological disintegration by housing refugees in their ghost-towns. For them peak-everything reality of enforced scarcity, climate chaos and the state of permanent emergency represent unprecedented profiteering and power-grab opportunities. However the total disregard, arrogance and ignorance of principles of ecology, climate science and social justice by all of those who spin these visions of enriching themselves with no bounds and of returning to the past glories makes it too easy for them to ignore that the disaster that is put in place here will be and already is so global and complete in scope that this time there will be no economic miracle to bring us out of the ruins of hunger, collapse and decimation. Faced with this reality many movements and struggles around the world including the Hambacher Forest Occupation refused and continue to refuse to remain passive.

For more on this political passivity, co-option and corruption that can and does function as a good argument for radicalization check out the links at the end of German Blog version of this article.

Forest Info Replaced

Polizeieinsatz 21.02.2017
Last week during clearing of barricades about 20 riot cops and RWE workers destroyed and took out the forest the Info Board showing tracks of animals in the forest as well as direction signs pointing to different parts of the forest occupation. Damaging and removal of Hambacher Forest material and any information on species present in the forest is a on-going part of the repression cycle. This info and structures do not go well with present propaganda campaign against forest activists which has been conducted by openly employed by RWE politicians and their „journalist“ contractors done to justify the planned eviction of the meadow, forest occupation and destruction of the last parts of the Hambacher Forest using public resources to try to erase any educational or ecological content that is in conflict with their constant green-washing campaigns. Yet for as long as the forest activists occupy the forest there will be banners, forest info and signs to remind all of the issues at hand.

Polizeieinsatz 21.02.2017
Shortly after the this last „visit“ new signs and info were put up illustrating the species which are being defended in the Hambacher Forest. It included outlines of birds in flight and responses to the destruction of the forest, mass polution and destabilization of global climate. This time the info has been placed higher up in the trees.

Hambach Coal Train Sabotaged

Hambachbahn sabotaged!
25 February 2017

Also reposted on indymedia:

„On 21.02.17 we sabotaged the Hambachbahn. We have caused a short circuit at the overhead lines by throwing a wire rope, with a stone on both ends (attached with duck tape). For the time being, this stoped all coal trains in the vicinity.

This action was announced to be a response to the clearing work done a few days ago in Hambacher Forst.

Try it, it’s fun. You just need to find a bridge over the railroad-tracks. When the wire rope meets the overhead lines, a large lightning flash (look away or wear dark-glasses) and it makes a loud bang.

Free Turt * le, Free Tuna, Freedom for all Prisoners! “

[It has been pointed out on the German blog that it is not advisable to use duck/gaffer tape in actions as it is notorious for picking up DNA evidence]

RWE Once Again Not Paying dividents this year.

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Deinvest Achen Group:

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, it was announced that this will be the second year in a row when RWE, the nuclear and coal-mining group, will not be distributing dividends to its shareholders.

The City of Aachen holds a good 550,000 RWE shares. These „investments“ are part of budgets and portfolios of many municipalities in the area who have all been adversely affected by RWE’s continuously falling stock prices and no dividend pay outs since 2016.
RWE operates all opencast mines and most coal-fired power stations in the Rhineland. The company has therefore been responsible for for #1 net CO2 emissions in Europe, deforestation of unique forests and the destruction of numerous towns and villages for decades. „If anyone is destroying the Rhineland and the world climate, then it is RWE,“ commented Lea Heuser, spokeswoman for the Divest Aachen initiative. „This is by no means just an economic issue, but above all one of environmental policymaking and of global climate protection.“

Divest Aachen has been calling on the urban community for over a year to decide ethical-ecological investment criteria and to immediately dispose of all existing investments in fossil fuels. „We have to prevent RWE from continuing to burn enormous amounts of coal to prevent global warming above 1.5 ° C,“ explains Heuser. „This can be done by financial pressure, that is, by pressure from shareholders“. By not divesting the city councils involved are torpedoing the Paris Climate Agreement by holding on to RWE stocks. In order to meet the 1.5 ° C limit, according to current studies the combustion of coal, oil and gas would have to be stopped immediately, and well over 80% of the resources would have to remain in the ground. Even an official study by the Enviromental Ministry strongly recommends that carbon dioxide emissions be reduced by at least 50% by 2030.

In the energy sector, there are numerous local and decentralized development potentials and investment opportunities in renewable energies. „The city community, like a whole series of municipalities, had long had the chance to get rid of this economic wooden leg and at the same time to do something for our already much-imperilled climate. Instead loyalty to a destructive and unprofitable industry is being maintained. Their spokespersons have maintained that the municipalities in the region try to use their status as a shareholder to have an influence on RWE. The Divest Initiative wonders what this influence should be and why nothing seems to be happening.

In the last few months, climate protection activists have achieved success in influencing not just Münster, Berlin and Stuttgart to withdrawing their capital from the fossil sector but also Bochum, Siegen and the district of Osnabrück have decided to sell their RWE shares. In some other municipalities a divestment of fossil energies is being discussed. According to a research by Greenpeace, there are more than 20 municipalities holding more than one million RWE shares. The current total of approximately 1.6 billion euros of public funds which are currently in RWE shares, would in the opinion of the climate activists be much better spent in the local renewable energy sector that generates on average 5 times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry without having its catastrophic ecological impact.

Translated with small changes from the Press release of the Divest Aachen initiative.

Eviction of the Standing Rock Camp

Standing Rock

This Thursday the Standing Rock Camp in North Dakota has been attacked by heavily militarized police and national guard units pointing sniper riffles and machine guns at Dakota Sioux protesters, over 40 people have been arrested and the structures destroyed. The NoDAPL struggle fighting against North Dakota Access Pipleline’s passage through tribal Lands and the Missouri River has resulted in numerous road blockades, direct actions, over 400 arrests and has inspired people around the world who are also fighting and defending the Earth against capitalist extractionism. It has also brought attention to the dynamic of global colonialism, racism and privilege. This like many struggles is and will, through the effects it has had and will continue to have, never be over. New camps are being already established in the area, including the Sacred Stones Camp to which the police is attempting to block delivery of building supplies. The reoccupiers and all those continuing the struggle will have to deal with not just the aftermath and continuing repression but also with the defeatism that so often follows large evictions.

When introducing the Hambacher Forest anti-lignite struggle after four previous evictions, one often hears „Oh I thought you got evicted and it was over“. This, besides a commentary on wide-spread apathy and short and shallow news cycles of mainstream media, is also a reminder that for all facing overwhelming forces the act of defiance symbolizes victory in itself; a victory over inaction, destruction and greed. It removes the blinding influence of those factors from those who hear of the struggle, and generates a public relations nightmare for all who frack, drill and mine the Earth. Most importantly, it has once again taught and reminded us that we are not atomized and alone. All that is needed to reocuppy and continue is the call for action.

An invitation is hence extended to welcome those involved in the NoDAPL struggle to come visit the Hambacher Forest occupation both physically and in spirit, if possible sharing the experiences and decompressing from what you just have been through. Visit us at anytime or specifically for the Skillshares Camp in April or Climate Action Camps in August and November.

Thanks once again for persevering on the fringes of society and in the process becoming its beating heart. Thank You for making a stand as many other camps, including ours, check the horizon daily to see if this is the day when our support camp and the forest occupation will be evicted. That day will come and is already coming as this is being written for many of our human and animal comrades who found and placed themselves on this frontline to protect existence and nature.

To all at the end of the riffle barrel or bulldozer blade: It is not you who has to stay strong, you already have done so and more. Now is the time for all who will be in the same position tomorrow to have the courageous strength that you have demonstrated so far.

First Flowers Blooming in The Forest


The Forest is aready filling with blossoms of wooden alimony and convalias. This is about a month earlier than in previous year reflecting the ongoing disruption and warming of the climate with the largest net CO2 emitter at the edge of the forest. It is yet another example of life adapting and strugling on the edge of destruction and also could be the last chance and the last year of these plants if the fight to shut down the mine and RWE is not continued.

Reflections on the RedLine Action

The Red Line action on Sunday 19. of February brought 1300 people to the Hambacher Forest with buses coming from Netherlands, Belgium and Cologne. Hundreds of people walked from surrounding villages and the Buir train station to the sounds of a Rhythms of Resistance percussion band and converged before roadblocks into the forest. Here the introduction speech took place. Michael Zobel (who leads the forest walks) openly asked newcomers to raise their hands, with at least half of the participators doing so. After walking into the forest, making sure that all stay on trails to reduce erosion, the first talk inside the forest took place at the „Lake“, where an activist duet sang covers of popular tunes redone with ecological and climate lyrics. Next stop was OakTown, where activists wearing carnival masks and wigs waved from tree houses, lowering wicker baskets to be filled with gifts and donations for the occupation. The humorously referred to as „mayor“ of OakTown, Clumsy, demonstrated abseiling down the rope and talked about living up in the trees. Next on the tour came the newest treehouse village: Gallien. Here the visitors were serenaded by a forest defender sitting on a monkey bridge between tree houses playing guitar. The forest-walkers‘ interest in the occupation led to many conversations with the activists, resulting in organizers hurrying people away to keep the walk on schedule. After walking all across the forest, hot meal and warm matcha tea was shared with all. Before the action the police were asked to identify themselves and several raised their hands. Their presence could be explained by both gathering of intelligence for future eviction actions and for reasons of public relations. Their presence was met with clapping by some of the participants. This was not the easiest thing to accept for many forest defenders who have, are and will continue to deal with physical repression from the Police. In a line two people side by side, the red clad participators formed a line, and with banners and flags marched down the old A4 highway, separating the remaining forest from the clear-cut area with the mine. Here a banner was dropped by camouflage clad activists in the trees. Most people in the line were wearing red, had red banners and included a generational cross section which besides many children and elderly folks also included members of the local motorcycle club. Stretching a long strip of red fabric down the highway, the action symbolized drawing a a border, a red line, from which we will not accept or allow the continuing destruction of the Hambacher Forest and CO2 emissions associated with RWE Operations.
Some stressing resistance and direct action as the main form of activism would argue that this was largely a symbolic, photo-op action, but such statements would ignore: the importance of wider support for this movement; the need to combat disinformation and propaganda distracting from the violence and injuries inflicted by the secus and the police by letting people interact and talk to the forest defenders. Great numbers also strengthen the climate movement and ecological movement and make many in the forest feel less marginalized. It is important to maintain this unity and strength by also critically looking at the dynamic of repression and its role in silencing activism and in the co-option and utilization of law enforcement and justice structures by ecologically and climate criminal corporate enterprises such as RWE.

Linnks to more photos and press articles:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/148272514@N02/albums
https://www.flickr.com/photos/infozentrale/
https://www.facebook.com/Greenpeace.Koeln/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE
http://www.mutbuergerdokus.de/html/aktionen/2017_02_19_rote-linie-aktion.htm
https://www.facebook.com/Rheinisches-Revier-Bilder-als-Zeitzeugen-299481500453008/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rheinisches-Revier/1752651971675875?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINEhttp://www.ksta.de/region/rhein-erft/hambacher-forst-ueber-1000-demonstranten-haben-noch-hoffnung-25764048in
und ein Artikel aus dem Stadtanzeiger:
http://www.ksta.de/region/rhein-erft/hambacher-forst-ueber-1000-demonstranten-haben-noch-hoffnung-25764048