Again grubbing work in the forest!

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Today, the last day on which RWE, stipulated in applicable laws, is allowed to deforest, they get going vigorously once more.
The clearing work is in full swing and both security guards and police in riot gear are in large numbers in the forest and on the former A4. Helicopters are circling and dog squads patrol the forest trails. Timber transporters leave the cleared area in large numbers.

The statements from the police units, why they are in the forest fluctuate, vary depending from the officer in question:

  • We are simply here
  • We are here to prevent acts of violence from both sides
  • We are here to secure the clearing work
  • We are here because police units were attacked

Statements at the end of the live ticker

Come by if possible and support the forest occupations!

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10:45 pm All is “quiet” again. We go back into the offline mode now.

10:35 pm The detained person is out again.

9:00 pm Police withdrew from the forest and from the surroundings of the meadow.

8:00 pm According to statements by the cops, the person (see below) will be deported to the police station in Düren – Come to the police station!
Kreispolizeibehörde (District police authority) Düren, Aachener Str. 28, 52349 Düren, Phone: +49 2421 9490

7:45 pm Apparently the obvious siege of the meadow is terminated for the time being – but still many cops in the forest!

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Dates March 2016

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Criticism of proposals of an arbitration procedure in the Hambach Forest

Press release

Düren/Kerpen – For some months, increasingly proposals are made to start up an arbitration procedure to the protests in the Hambach Forest. In particular, the Greens of Düren endeavor for mediation in the style of Stuttgart 21. In it should participate among others activists and RWE. Among the activists predominantly critical voices can be heard on the subject

One of their points is that for RWE the central demands of the protests – to stop the lignite mining and the further deforestation of the Hambach Forest – are not open for discussion. In a statement of some activists also can be read that there was no equality, because both sides “had different possibilities in terms of resources such as time, money, public perception”.

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Fledermaus is free!

At today’s review of custody, four weeks after he was nearly run over, Fledermaus was set free. We are very happy !

Report about it on this blog Security guard strikes activists with his jeep
The YouTube Film about it.

By the way, Fledermaus means Bat. Only since the research of BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany), the importance of the Hambach Forest is known as a habitat of the Bechstein’s bat (Myotis bechsteinii), which is strictly protected under Annex II and IV-FFH-RL. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the species is considered “seriously threatened”. Read more on the threatened species in the Hambach Forest

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