Secret Agreement between RWE and local municipalities.

It has been revealed by Jürgen Döschner an investigative reporter from WDR  in an expose posted online as an article and an audio report that local municipalities of Mönchengladbach, Erkelenz, Jüchen, Titz have been  co-opted by a lobbying association linked to RWE that has forced those cities to enter into an agreement with the company to secretly notify RWE represetatives when any debates and/or decissions concerning this Climate Killer copany are about to take place.  It can only be presumed that this would give the company time to activate its Revolving Door Option  offering often seen in the region and elsewhere where fossil fuels industry is wrecking the planet chance to join the company after their term as a “representative” is over.

Just another alarm bell for those still walking around in a stuppor that the “expert” decission on whether Hambach Forest is a unique habitat that should be preserved(for this no expert is needed but just one look into any book on unique forests of europe to verify this well know fact) will be a positive one.

Another reminder to keep the support structures going and that the only effective response to capitalist world-view based on corruption and exploitation  is resistance and solidarity.

Hambi Bleibt!

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Over 400 Walk in the Forest Today

Today’s walk in the Forest has attracted over 400 people reflecting a wave of popular support sweeping not just the region but all of Germany and from around the world.  This is happening at the time when the rulling parties are no loger able or willing to hold an argument on exiting from coal and its effects on the climate but istead have become an extension of RWE special interests and are trying to redirect attention and justify large police actions to destroy the last of Hambi by talk of extremism and violence.  All as an attempt to criminalize the whole climate justice movement employing such pesky tactics as road blockades and locking on to planet and climate destroying equiment.  Many supporters realized that this is one of the last chances to see the world unique bionome of  Hambacher Forest in its present shape if at all.  They have expressed their gratitude by sharing home-baked cakes, lots of other food, warm clothing and other supplies with the unarmed “extremists” most of whom do not have firearms training both of which can not be said for the hundreds of armed cops that will arrive in Hambach to help RWE destroy the forest despite wide-spread opposition bringing a reality of climate unstability that in a logic so typical of disaster-capitalism is in turn used to justify further progressive militarization of police forces and higher levels of repression.

The walk went through two occupations of Gallien where people stoped by to chat with forest defenders and then through OakTown to the edge of the forest and standing on the wall  separating the forest from  the zone of destruction and the mine.  There a human Red Line of banners and people holding hands, singing was formed while speaches others spoke on the topic of Hambacher Forest, Coal and Climate Justice.

Speciall Thank-You also to the oldest 93 year participant of the walk who has knitted warm mittens and  hat as a special gift for the defeders of ancient Hambacher Forest: THANK YOU!!! VIELEN DANKE!!!

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Bat experts visit the forest

This week several bat experts from BUND (German Friends of the Earth) visited the forest, discussed and shared information on bat behaviour and their population pressure in the shrinking forest. The group that has evicted the bats and mice by blocking their lairs has refused to engage us in this discussion regardless of many requests and calls to discuss and explain their animal evictions in front of the harvesters by setting up a bogus claim that now there is no endangered bats in the forest about to be cut. This group is not only sponsored and paid by RWE but it was also discovered during this visit that their claims that they are affiliated and approved by BUND were misrepresentation and were untrue.

The walk with infra-red camera looked at and for evidence of plastic covered holes being reopened by animals, fluid and smell coming from the opening indicating that animals were closed in inside. As a result of all the above evidence being found across the forest as many closed openings as possible were re-opened.

Further info: Endangered species

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Buir Station and Alternatives of Getting to the Forest

Thursday, November 28 was the day when we dodged a bullet. An evictions of the forest after 3 days of cutting were to start involving thousands of cops. Parking spaces were reserved for police use only at the local train station. Then after two days of celebratory actions on Tuesday eve and on Wednesday, something peculiar started happening at Buir train station. Around the places previously reserved for cops, first 3 mobile offices and then crates of equipment were dropped off. The gear contained 5 boxes of batteries for walkie-talkies, portable power cubes and 4 full crates(!) of surveyors tripods.

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