You know what it’s gonna mean when you say twenty treehouses

This weekend a storm is blowing through the forest, swaying the treehouses and stripping the trees of their leaves. Somewhere else another wind frees the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia of its last pretence of some just rule of law. Three weeks before the trial the administrative court already published it’s decision and show us that we can expect nothing but a show trial: The court decides to protect 56 hectares from being cut by RWE – cynically as these are the areas that RWE doesnt plan to use in the first case. A true success for this chewy almalgam called RWE/NRW/Police/Justice.

We are expecting that RWE will start their bulldozers, tree crackers and harvesters immidiately after the 21st of November, the date of the court case. According to leaked information they are planning to destroy the oldest parts of the forest and all tree house villages. In a document published by the local parlament RWE is quoted as “20 of the 22 known tree houses are in the destruction area”.

We will not let this pass. We are taking responsibility now, to ensure with our actions and our words that injustice will not became law. The wind is still blowing and carries with it the seeds of resistance. It is up to us to ensure that they will be able to bloom.

No matter where you are, prepare yourselves to come to the forest in the middle of November. Sign up for the text message notifications of any pending eviction. Inform your friends, sisters and brothers.

In solidarity with all prisoners, exploited and freedom-loving people.

Likely cutting area

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For all of those, who want to be directly informed when cuttings or evictions are starting, here is an SMS alert list. To get informed type in your mobile number into the form down below. Then encrypt and send the message!


    Once you get informed, prepare yourself for the eviction and get your backpack packed (more…). It does not matter if you’re visiting us for one day or even longer, during the cutting season we need everyone to prevent the destruction.

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    Bonner Strasse Cutting of 300 trees Blockaded

    Trees were occupied and a harvester blockaded in Cologne slowing the felling of over 300 trees for “Light” Rail MegaProject.  The cutting of the trees and reduction of pedestrian space and additional traffic lines like usual in urban and non-urban habitats coincides with mass wave of redevelopment and ecosystem/community decimation.  The response has been local grass roots resistance from 300Baeume that kept the struggle going for 2 years now culminating with support of Hambacher Forest activists who occupied the trees for the past two days as local supporters locked on to trees and climbed onto the equipment beginning on Thursday. Next day Friday Oct. 20 more private security of the City Privatize Frenzy Corporation KVB appeared and put up fencing around the trees and supporters, the limited police on the scene begun to pull local supporters surrounding a harvester away when forest activists climbed on top resulting in a four hour wait for more forces of corporate repression including the technical police to arrive.  Altogether the street filled with police vans and units attacked and pushed people below away from the equimpent and proceeded to remove the now 6 activists who have been in the meantime joined on the roof of the harvesters by two older female supporters living in the neighboorhood.  The support and feedback from those on the ground was incredible with discussion about direct action methods still not being a distraction from the coffee, cookies and batteries that were being passed back and forth as the police lines thickened.

    THANK YOU BONNER STRASSE GRASSROOTS!! from many others engaging in direct action protecting habitats from destruction and for a reminder that dinamic does not go unoposed and that many in the forests who are on the fronline are not alone in their sentiments and action.

    Four people were taken to the Giza in Kalk, refused to give their identity and remained anonymous despite being surrounded by 8+ cops and physically forced to give fingerprints.  Reminder of importance of use of safety pins, badges and super glue to resist the dynamic of surveilance state and its repression.  All four were released in about 3 hours but not before 2 people were physically assaulted while being stripped searched and fully and partially naked. In one instance for a for verbal comments that was made to the female prison guards who added insults to the physical attack by making sexist comments afterwards and in second case for a piece of clothing flying off in an inapropriate direction.  Everybody is physically fine yet additional support and advice could be helpful(especially  when hundreds of riot cops will descend on the forest for the cutting season) from other collectives dealing with the emotional and psychological aftermath of repression and state violence.

    YES VIOLENCE=Mass Media Coverage:

    Kolnerrundschau

    Express

    WDR

    Tree Cutting will resume on Monday as reported in the press and so more people are asked to come out and support the action.

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    RWE TRIAL DELAYED TILL END OF NOVEMBER

    The trial over the lack of enviromental assesent and the encrochement on colonies of endangered Bachstein’s Bat by RWE during this cutting season has been postponed till the end of next month.   Bundis NRW the legal challenger in this suit has asked for a posponment to collect more evidence against RWE.   By doing so the start of the cutting season will be delayed further until after the end of Conference of Polluters 23 in Bonn.  The outcome of this trial will unfortunately only afect cutting in 2017 so even if verdict is against RWE it will only stop them for cutting in December.  However there is aready a trial also put forward to look at the cutting and deforestation plan put forth by RWE for 2018.  So most likely there will be another trial in December.  Save a date for both.

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