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Tenth Blockade of Logging Equipment in Ancient Białowieża Forest

Harvester Blockaded

Early in the morning of July 18 over 20 activists from Poland and Czech Republic converged on a logging harvester and proceeded to lock-on all around the machine with pipe lockons and banners. The Forestry Department guards removed all support and media from the site attempting to take away their phones to prevent their actions from being filmed and photographed. The operator of the harvester was then instructed to keep the machine running. This continued for several hours exposing the attached activists to the risk of intentional injury, with the operator of the machine warning the activists that the machine might move uncontrolably as it runs out of fuel. Yet while being separated from the media and support group and despite the noise, heat, dripping oil and the danger, the locked-on forest defenders remained there for several hours and continued to call for immediate stopping of all the logging and for biodiversity experts to inspect the logging location. The forest guards made no attempt to remove the blockaders till finally the contractor operating the harvester agreed to seize work for the day and remove the equipment from the forest.

Białowieża Forest is the last remnant of primodial forest that once stretched across the European Plain. With its ancient trees draped in multitude of mosses, lichens and fungi it is a hotspot of biodiversity supporting the largest wild herd of European Bison, populations of Wolves, Lynx and 180 bird species, including three-toed woodpeckers and Eurasian pygmy owls.The survival of this ecosystem is at stake as large portions of BiNational Park on the Bielorussian side have been selectively logged over the years for its oldest and largest trees. Now this is extensively happening on the Polish side of the forest with over 40,000 cubic meters of lumber harvested in 2017. Bark Beetle outbreak is being used as justification for salvage logging during which the bark containing the eggs of the beetle is left on site, unafected species such as oaks are cut as well while the Polish enviromental minister Jan Szyszko, who is behind this wave of clear cutting, has set up a series of lumber shell companies involving some of his closest relatives.

Numerous international calls for immediate stop of logging included the Unesco Congress in Cracow on July 3rd adopting a resolution for immediately halt to all logging and wood extraction. This meeting and decission took place as direct actions and blockades were occuring in the forest. The govermental response was to contine logging and advocate the removal of Białowieża Forest from the International Registry of Unesco World Heritage Sites. As of July 18 the European Comission joined in condeming the logging and taking the Polish Goverment to the European Tribunal to which Minister Szyszko responded by increasing the amount of law enforcement sent to the forest.

Since May on the frontline of resistance to this lumber grab has been the Camp for the Defense of the Białowieża Forest bringing together a coalition of activists, journalist, artists and natural scientists engaging in continous series of blockades and actions. While the state and private media has engaged in a constant campaign attempting to vilify the activists resulting in harassment of forest defenders by more conservative members of the local populace while young people with backpacks are regularly stopped and searched in the area and blockaders experience waves of repression and violence. This dynamic has only underlined the importance of international support and solidarity to the Białowieża Struggle.

„Nie było nas był las, nie będzie nas będzie las.“ : „The forest preceeds us and will follow us.“ Has been the motto of Polish partizans fighting in the forests during World War II and even though the first part of that slogan still resonates and holds true today the second: whether the forest will remain after us, is in question and depends on the reponse this destruction will evoke in all who embrace the importance of biodiversity, biocentrism and ecojustice.

Camp for the Forest‏:
email: dlapuszczy@gmail.com
@DlaPuszczy on Twitter
http://save-bialowieza.net/

Robber taxes of 800,000 euros: That’s how they want to liquidate the meadow and the protest camp at Hambach Forest!

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We received this letter by e-mail:

To the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and the Finance Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Dear Sirs,

… A robbing tax of 800,000 Euros, that is the heavy artillery, put into position by the tax judges and financial officials of the state of NRW, by declaring invalid the contracts for tax consultancy by me for my father’s firm as well as my invoices, and by interpreting the delivered payments herein as donations.

They are subject to a gift tax of approximately € 800,000, for which I personally have to stand with all my assets, according to § 20 Abs. 1, Satz 2 ErbStG. The resulting enforcement affects my entire assets. This way, the meadow and the protest camp on it will be eliminated at the same time.

Complaints are pending, but at the Financial Court in Cologne fair judges are not to be expected, according to the motto: „Ist der Ruf (durch Rechtsbeugung) erst ruiniert, lebt es sich ganz ungeniert.“ Once your reputation is ruined (by your perversion of justice), you can do as you please.

If things are going on this way, in this case and at the lignite mines in general, one must not be surprised about “Hamburg conditions” in the Rhenish mining area: The authorizations for the opencast pits of Hambach and Garzweiler are all unconstitutional.

According to consistent case-law of the Federal Constitutional Court, open cast lignite mining can only be approved if it serves the common good. In the opinion of the Federal Constitutional Court, however, open cast lignite mines only serve the common good and thus are only constitutional

  • if they are “used to ensure the supply of electricity” (as a capacity reserve, for example),
  • but not, if they are used beyond this safety function, for „power supply“ in general (for example, in a 24-hours operation, like in the Rhenish area). According to the jurisprudence of the Federal Constitutional Court, this is unconstitutional.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I ask you for a statement and for the necessary measures in the sense of the above reasoning. The voters can not be expected to wait and to be put off until after the Bundestag election. Particularly as you personally, Mr. Prime Minister, outed yourself as a coal-friendly Prime Minister. By this statement in the last words of your maiden speech, you gave a signal in a very early stage, which is apt to raise doubts about the legal and constitutional order of your administration.

Best regards,

Kurt Claßen”

Blockade of the Hambach Railroad by Hambach Forest Activists

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 Blockade of the Hambach Railroad by Forest Activists

Solidarity greetings to Hamburg. While the government representatives of the G20 summit are protected by at least 20000 cops (because the ruling ones are so afraid of those they supposedly represent), we blocked the Hambach railroad by means of a tripod. Today, we have opted for the path of non-violent resistance – this does not mean that we want to reflect on attempts to divide peaceful protest from militant resistance or that we basically condemn militant counter-raids from below.

It has often been made clear why it is necessary to resist climate change and environmental destruction. Let us not enumerate the arguments here, but formulate some messages: (more…)

hambi info night in montreal, canada

following reached us:

I wanted to let you know that there will be a Hambi presentation and solidarity night in Montreal, Canada next Friday, May 19! We are sending you much solidarity and love; I will try to send you a photo after the event if I can. If you want to share this info on your blog, here are the details:

English: The event is at L‘Euguélionne, a new feminist bookstore, on Friday, May 19 at 7PM-9PM. Climate Justice Montreal, a grassroots climate justice group that’s existed for 5 years now in Montreal, is organizing it. We will be talking about the mine and the resistance at Hambi and from the citizens groups, and Ende Gelände, and showing many photos and part of the Hambi documentary from YouTube (with English subtitles).

French: L‘événement sera à l‘Euguélionne, librarie feministe, le vendredi 19 mai de 19h00 à 21h00. L‘événement est organisé par Justice Climatique Montréal, un collectif de base qui lutte pour la justice climatique et qui existe dès 5 ans à Montréal. On parlera de la mine et de la resistance à Hambi et de la part des groupes citoyens, et de Ende Gelände. On montrera plein de photos et une partie de la documentaire sur Hambi trouvé sur YouTube (avec des soustitres en anglais).

BREAD AND ROSES

As soon as barricades are destroyed in the Hambacher Forest they have been rebuild often even right behind bulldozers and before cops left the forest. This friday was no exeption but for the fact that this time also bread and roses have been put up in the place of destroyed barricades protecting the forest. This is connected not just with not continuing the resistance on an empty stomach but also with "Stones Are Our Breads and Barricades Our Dinner Tables." action that happened during this cutting season. It was also inspired by 1912 Breads and Roses Textile Strike and Riots in Lawrence Massachusetts which were organized by women and united over 30 different ethnic groups and also used workplace sabotage. The striking mothers with their children were brutally attacked by police at a train station as the kids were being sent to live with supporters when due to the prolonged strike the families could no longer feed them themselves. This resulted in international solidarity and finally with congressional hearings, positive workplace pay increase settlements, changing of work conditions and eventual shortening of the work week itself.

100 years later is it possible for RWE's irreversible destabilization of the Planet's climate and pumping its atmosphere full of toxins responsible for killing over 7 million people a year, as conservative estimates by World Health Organization indicate, result in equally positive response on the part of today's politicians?

The latest police action of clearing the barricades opens up the Millenarian Hambacher Forest to destruction by RWE and its release of megatons of carbon and a long list of toxins that lay below its floor and its roots. To be pumped into the atmosphere in the name of profit and greed regardless of the consequences showing that this time as well there will be no response that has anything to do with social and ecological justice on the part of legistlators, politicians and cops all deeply co-opted by the special interests of the coal industry without more radical actions such as those at the Hambacher Forest.
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Bread and Roses was a title of a poem by James Oppenheim published in 1911 that a year later became a anthem of the strike to be performed through out the decades by numerous artists including a version with historical background by Utah Phillips.

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 !!! ***

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.

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.

NRW – The Grubber Gang!

Not only the Hambach Forest is in danger, it seems to be one of the favorite hobbies in NRW, to cut old forests. Thus also the Buschbell forest near Frechen soon will have to give way to a (quartz sand) mine. To prevent this there is a petition to stop the destruction as a first step from BUND Rhein-Erft.

Quarzwerke destrois the Buschbell Forest to extract sand (© Ralf Gütz)
Quarzwerke destrois the Buschbell Forest to extract sand (© Ralf Gütz)

We too are calling for this petition to be signed and for the preservation of the forest in any other way possible!

This is how you can sign:

Other ideas to become active:

More info on the Buschbell Forest:
www.buschbellerwald.wordpress.com
http://bund-rhein-erft.de
https://www.facebook.com/bund.rhein.erft?skip_nax_wizard=true

More info on quartz sand (German TV).

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. The date of the process will be the 14th of March in Düren.

Background: During the Skill Sharing Camp of 2014 over 50 riot cops and several pieces of equipment from RWE entered the forest to clear barricades and remove the compost toilets. 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

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NEXT RED LINE ACTION: SUNDAY 19.2 12:00

RWE’s destruction of the Hambacher Forest and the emissions from its power plants and their impact on the climate and general health is too destructive to allow and as stated by official estimates, to continue into the 2020’s.

As a response once again a human red line will be made at the edge of the clear cutting of the forest to show the public opposition to this destruction and to express support for the Hambach Forest Occupation.
Please come wearing red, with red fabrics and signs and lets draw a human red line to send an urgent message of That is Enough!, Yo Basta, and No More.

Directions: The meeting point will be at 12:00 at Grilplatz Manheimer Burge on the country road heading straight North into the forest out of Buir’s Train station where you should have no problem following the crowd between 10:30-11:30.

For more info you can also contact Michael Zobel, the certified forest guide conducting the walk.
info@zobel-natur.de

More Photos from Previous Red Lines Actions available below:http://www.flickr.com/photos/127928013@N04/sets/72157676647031073

See You in the Forest

CALL FOR ANTI-REPRESSION RESPONSE

Such cases will only repeat themselves with greater regularity and intensity as RWE and other corporate barons carve out the Planet and local jurisdictions into their private domains and as the effect of their actions on the global climate and ecology is distracted by more and more militarized and violent police actions. Here an analogy of the struggle of Zapatistas comes to mind: In the 90s the Mexican State response to the Zapatistas Uprising was massacres of whole indigenous villages. In the Rhineland the forests are massacred outright, the people are moved away but the villages themselves are also destroyed by the bulldozers and wrecking balls. The carnage however of these actions is not just felt by local biodiversity but also already felt by millions affected by climate chaos world-wide and will take a heavy toll on future generations in the global north as well, presently shielded by their privilege.

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Solidarity with Bure Anti-Nuke Waste Occupation

BureAs we walk through the Hambacher Forest with new defenses of barricades and ditches build after last friday’s RWE’s secus and police intrusion the news arrives that the same fossil fool monster greed fueled repression has been netted to our comrades in Bure who are resisting destruction of the forest to pave way for more extractionist madness and insanity in the form of nuclear fuel dump. Barricades cleared, secus, police road blocks all sounding so familiar like the all too familiar global destruction of habitats to extract every last bit of poison killing the ecosystems, communities and climate of the planet in the process of lining the pockets of the corporate robber barons.

Hence, to companieros in Bure and all on the receiving end of this assault who are on the barricades, in the treehouses tents and caravans fighting this monster of global capitalist extractionism a loud shout-out of solidarity reverberates from the Forest of Hambach to You.

http://en.vmc.camp/2017/01/30/30th-january-empire-strikes/
http://en.vmc.camp/
#BURE

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