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Secus Destroy Crosses in the Forest

There has been lots of uproar in the past and even threats of mobs coming and buring the #Meadow in response to roadside crosses being put on the barricades in the forest. Well now we know who the neo-pagan barbarians, destroying the crosses, taking away the local jobs, and burning and demolishing the local villages, really are. It is the RWE employed security guards. During their last intrusion in to the forest, when a group of 8 secus entered the forest smoking cigarettes, taking photos and laughing at tree-sitters one of the crosses commemorating trees cut at „Jesus Point“ put-up by one of our supporters from the local village has been destroyed. The cross seems to have been hidden somewhere in the forest and its sign was left torn at where the cut tree and the cross once stood.

Hambacher Forest Erotic Calendar Project

All donations, with the exception of perhaps of those from corporate sponsors, are appreciated. So in order to support the brown coal resistance further, we have considered a new project: Next year the first Hambacher Forest Activist Erotic Calendar will be released! A calendar for the year 2018 with erotic images of people from the brown coal resistance. The goal is to: on the one hand, to address people aesthetically in a body-positive context and on the other hand, not to reproduce sexist, heteronormative or cisnormative norms, animal masks have also been suggested to add a biocentric and less specist element to the calendar. We also want to show a new side of the brown coal resistance in Hambacher Forst. Information about pre-orders will appear on this blog in time.

Results of Remi’s Tower Eviction Re-Trial

This week a re-trial took place in Cologne concerning an eviction of Remi’s Tower barricade during the Cultural Fest in 2015. That eviction resulted in a 3 month imprisoment, 23 day hunger strike and Jus being put under constant suicide watch(basically being awoken every half an hour, through out the nights, to see if he was still alive) for the duration of not accepting food. The police action that led to that has been also symbolic of large repressive actions against single structures like living barricades and compost toilets involving hundreds of cops. These periodic shows of force have taken place over many larger events like Shillshares Camp in the forest. That has not happened on the previous 2 skillshares as they have been planned at the last moment to make planning a large repressive operations more difficult. This upcoming Skillshare Camp _has been_ announced with lots of advanced notice so time will show if another large and expensive action will take place protecting Global Eco-Terrorist RWE and trying to demoralize those who come together to dare, dream and do resist it.

This trial itself was an appeal of an earlier rulling that has levied assault charges as a result of a bulldozer window being cracked and the operator of the machine claiming that he was injured by twisting his head to the side with no medical diagnosis filed or medications taken to back up this claim. This has been a part of an ongoing pattern where many activists have been seriously injured by the secus and then counter accused of having attacked and injured them(with no injuries on their part that are documented) to redirect the public attention from the destructive and violent nature of both RWE’s and Police actions agains Hambacher Forest.
Greater Good otherwise called Necessity Defense, which allows for lesser laws to be broken to prevent a larger crime from happening, was used pointing out to World Health Organizations 2015 Study Raising the number of deaths resulting from airborne pollution asociated with fossil fuels from just over a million to seven million a year. The witnesses testifying against the defendant were asked whether they are aware of this, resulting in the judge at first alowing this question to be asked and then requesting that it be not asked anymore. Also the court has refused to alow an expert to testify on the validity of this study which was ironic as the World Health Organization is made up of the top experts in all fields of Western Medicine and all of its studies are peer reviewed and accepted by the medical community including medical forensic experts. The „authorities“ that could perphaps testify to the validity and bias of this study would perhaps be people like Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein or Vandana Shiva who could say a word or two about how WHO is full of of experts with Pharma connections and its studdies have allways been biased towards the Petro-Chemical industry, and hence even the 7 million death a year is once again a conservative estimate towards which they have been forced by new particulate detection and effects data. The courts of NRW(NotRWe?) are not likely to listen to either as they are more inklined to accept a self diagnosis from individuals responsible for this situation without having to offer a medical documentation of any sort.
In other words you can detain individuals for several months and put them under abusive observation without any medical proof of their actions One however can not miss a day of work without a doctors note. Prematurely shortened lives of millions also become an externality that is not part of the bussines/court equation and shall not be discussed in polite company.

The outcome of the trial however was that the a fine of 1500 euros has been imposed for the cracked front windscreen of the bulldozer. However the charge of assault has been reduced to attempted assault, and the draconian 3 year probation reduced to probation to the moment of trial.

Letter From Debbie Vincent

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Dear Defenders of Nature :)

Your actions against the destroyers of Hambach Forest are an inspiration. I know it has been a hard struggle over the cold winter. I send you love, respect and solidarity from within the walls of prison. Though they incarcarate my body, my heart, mind and soul will always be free.

Being in prison has not dampened my resolve to continue to challange injustices, wrong-doings, wanton destruction of all life and all forms of opression.

I am proud to know wonderful, good people, who are out there trying to make a difference.

What is scary in this world is oppression and injustice, when people hurt people, animals and nature. What is beautiful in this world is resistance, when good people say enough is enough and act. Oppression and injustice are everywhere, but so is resistance. Because some people know that if you fight you may loose, but if you do not fight, you have aready lost.

Activism is the immune system for society ills. Helping to fight the diseases of capitalism: greed, violence, oppression and indifference. We are all part of nature and we must continue to act against the destructive madness, in however small a way, to try to create a better world for all.

I only have 3 weeks left in prison. On the 13th of April, I will be send to a probation hostel, where I will be for 1-6 months. Along with draconian license conditions to stop me from campaigning until 2020. I will continue to challenge what I can and resist.

Skillsharing FlyerAll the friendship, love, support and solidarity I have received over the past 3 years of my incarceration from compasionate, free-thinking individuals from around the world has been awesome and humbling, and very much appreciated – thank you! :)

Thank You to all those from ABC Rhineland and Clima Camp for their solidarity and support postcard @ www.war-starts-here-camp.org.

Sending you all hope and strength, as well as sunshine to brighten your days and smiles to warm your hearts.

You all stay safe.

Lots of love, rage, respect, total liberation, hope and strength and purple vegan hugs of solidarity!

Xvx Debie xx

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On May 17th, 2014, Debbie was sentenced to 6 years in prison for campaigning against Huntingdon Life Sciences, Europe’s largest animal testing
laboratory. For about a week from this posting you can still send letters to Debbie Vincent, AJ81DE, E1-13, HMP Send, UK. You can also post comments and we can forward them. It is important to support prisoners after their release as readjustment and decompression can be just as hard if not worse then imprisoment and the mental scars of repression do not disapear overnight.

Noise Demo and Concert for Detained Compas 28.03

After two compas were arrested in Aachen last week, there will be a concert in front of JVA Ossendorf next Tuesday (March 28th) at 6 pm. Klaus der Geiger will be playing. If you want to be an active part of the concert yourself, bring your instruments or just come and make noise.

Meeting point is 6 pm Tram stop Rektor-Klein-Straße

Until the are free a phrase: „Give us the Finn or we‘ll burn down the jail!!“ will ring out !!! ***

Climate Defenders Group visits the Forest

A new group called Climate Defender has stopped by the Meadow and went into the Forest today after going to Garzweiler and Erkelanz. There was a meal prepared at the edge of the Meadow in the Forest. This time was spent talking about the barricades, reality of forest occupation and an invitation was extended to upcoming events. DeutcheWelle was also present interviewing some of the activist.

Hambacher Forest is on the frontline of deforestation and climate justice resistance and visits such as this can be arranged for groups from schools, ecological and political groups and initiatives at almost any date. Just write ahead of time to our contact email: hambacherforst at riseup.net

World’s Climate Entering Uncharted Territory

As RWE continues being the single largest CO2 emitter in Europe, the whole Planet is entering uncharted territory with 2016 being the hottest global average temperture measurements stretching back to 1880, with the trend continuing into 2017. Latest research published by World Metereological Association indicates that the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago, and that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels this high have not experienced for 4m years.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/21/record-breaking-climate-change-world-uncharted-territory

Quoted by The Guardian in the above article Prof Sir Robert Watson, climate scientist at the UK’s University of East Anglia and former head of the UN’s climate science panel said: “Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil fuel energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy.“ This statement referred only to the pro fossil industry propagandists, those actively polluting the planet and irreversibly crashing its climate who work in the RWE offices and mines, and assist them from their positions in CDU, Green Party, Judicial and Law Enforcement system should and will be judged much more harshly by history. Also the Guardian has deinvested in fossil fuels and Watson might has been active in publicizing the planetary dynamic of climate disruption yet both are still advocating green capitalist solution with same levels of consumption and tend not to focus on degrowth or systemic faults of capitalism itself that have gotten Earth and the present day Western Industrial civilization into this predicament while the time is rapidly running out and the Runaway Effect climate chaos bomb keeps ticking away….

Time to pick up your laptop, paint, monkey wrench or whatever else you have in your tool-box and go into action in resisting corporate climate chaos.

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