In Hambach Forest people are busy rebuilding and trying to restore the forest’s ecosystem.
These are the Twitter accounts of the wonderful new cast: Schlupfwinkel (hideout) and Krähennest (Crow’s Nest)!
If you set up a new occupation in the forest, write us on Twitter, then we’ll include you in lists and maps 🙂
17:54 The police left Manheim.
17:24 Secu guards sitting behind our garden! In information says that it should be about us today!
16:30 Police get out of their cars and immediately start provoking with dogs and pepper spray to push away peaceful activists because they stand in solidarity with the encircled people!
16:30 Police escalates and arrests 4 activists. Use of dogs and pepper spray, without any provocation.
~16:00 People from the occupied house at #Friedenstrasse in #Manheimlebt are prevented by security guards from looking for useful furniture in a dumpster. They hold the activists and call the “administrative assistance” of their comrades in arms, the police.
13:53 Another dead bat found in trees closed by #RWE. Also the reluctance on the side of RWE and their city administration of Kerpen to reopen them is an attempt to destroy the population of #protectedspecies making it easier for the company to win the present @bund_net court case, if their “conservation” efforts kill off remaining endangered species in #HambacherForst
12:11 Bat Rescue. After 2 weeks RWE & city of Kerpen still have not reopened the tree habitats with animals trapped outside & inside. Activists are heading out to remove the plastic still blocking access to hundreds of trees
Today demolition of the very old Immerath Mill. RWE had kept the date secret until the end. Now, according to some information, they feared an occupation during the upcoming action of Ende Gelände.
Approximately 100 RWE employees and members of the trait union IGBCE mobbing in front of the house of Antje Grothus, who has been campaigning for years for the social compatibility of the inevitable structural change in the Rhenish lignite mining area. The chairman of the works council and the local union Walter Butterweck wanted to “spontaneously” bring 100 protesters to the store. “Accidentally” the police guided them past the house of Antje Grothus on the way back. That is certainly unique in the history of the law of assembly.
Statement by Antje Grothus.
See also the declaration by the participants
16:30 All the people being picked up and driven to the camp.
14:07 People taken out of the open pit by the cops and brought to Niederzier. Photos and fingerprints taken.
12:45 Activists are carried away by the cops.
12:25 The cops are taking people to their cars for a photo
10:58 A bus of RWE / the cops arrives.
10:45 Cops have been there for half an hour, but so far no announcement.
09:30 An employee RWE steals a banner from activists.
09:08 20 people encircled by security guards, others leave unmolested the pit.
08:43 Excavator is standing still now.
08:25 Approx. 30 people in open pit, on the way to the excavator.
9:00 Next nice message: No meadow eviction today. Kurt Claßen (owner of the meadow in front of the Hambach Forest) will speak up tomorrow.
8:00 Police seems to be serious: no vans to be seen when we get up. Astonishing how fast you can “get used” to constant repression… Why was this mission necessary again?
at night: there are still places to sleep in the forest. Whether platforms or hammocks, the trees are still standing. So come over!
17:00 Activists, who had spent the night under the bucket wheel of an excavator, left the RWE area freely. After more than 27 hours!
16:30 People are climbing trees and reopening the bat caves taped by RWE.
16:00 Excavator at the highest level in the open pit still blocked!
16:00 NRW minister of the interior Reul announces that police will completely retire from the “danger area” on Monday (tomorrow). What a completely unnecessary campaign!
16:00 Crime scene inspection by a larger group north behind the SecuPunkt at Hambach Forest. Here are the remains of our tree houses!
15:00 Orchestra “Lebenslaute” plays a second time today. This time in the destroyed tree house settlement Oaktown.
15:00 Meanwhile in Cologne: RabAZ demo is on!
14:00 Many of the forest walkers roam freely in the wood and support new occupations and blockades.
12:30 Forest walk is starting! Without any problem into the forest!
11:50 Unfortunately we had to turn back because of the police. The tree house from #Pödelwitz will nevertheless arrive in the #HambacherForst! It’s not that easy to intimidate us. See you on the forest walk.
11:50 The Hambachbahn blockade by Lebenslaute has been evicted. People being checked and sent-offs are pronounced. Police still seem to be active.
11:00 Orchestra “Lebenslaute” paralyzes the Hambachbahn and sings loudly while jolly forest strollers trickle in with the S-Bahn railway.
morning: Many people found a new (temporary) home in Hambach Forest and are now awakened by drizzle.
10:42 We are standing at the solidarity! climbing action on Neumarkt in Cologne for the @RheinEnergie marathon. Twenty percent of RheinEnergie is owned by RWE, it gets more than a third of its electricity from dirty lignite and operates the coal power plant Merkenich in Cologne.
Incomplete summary of the situation in & around the forest:
– Dead wood barricades again on (all) paths and roads, also on the new ones!
– An incredible number of people in the forest
– Continuation of actively constructing and comfortably fitting out new occupations
– The Ende Gelände hammock action went off in a relaxed way
– many people slept in the forest
– The vigil (next to the stage / rally) survived the day and was not overrun
– also in the HambiCamp in Manheim incredibly many campers, tents, people…
– Incoming of crowd just does not end. Some have to walk 8km to get to the rally – what the fuck?!
– there are nice drinks in the backstage area 😉
– slight overstrain in the face of the crowds for some activists
– badass, blatant solidarity! Thank you! Wow! What a strong sign!
14:03 Message on twitter: 50,000 people at the demo around and in the forest!
14:00 Demo #hambibleibt starting from Richardplatz Cologne.
12:02 The police blocked the exit to Merzenich “to avoid a traffic backlog on the motorway” and thus created one. Now they are unblocking the way. image
10:04 Announcement at the main station of Cologne, travelers with destination Buir may also use the RE trains. From Horrem a bus shuttle service to Buir has been set up.
10:00 477 coming from the A4 completely blocked. The police permits no one at the roundabout to go to Buir or Manheim. #hambibleibt #hambacherforst
09:35 Police are trying to stop people at the entrance to Buir. They should park their car and then walk, about 10km…
11:30 Despite deforesting stop, RWE declares the east of the forest “factory premises” and they are building barriers.
11:10 Next to a newly erected protective wall, RWE security guards act aggressively against a demonstration.
11:00 The Oberverwaltungsgericht (OVG, Higher Administrative Court) in Münster has forbidden felling trees in Hambach Forest for the time being! Press release OVG
19:00 The police inforced their presence in the evening. On the Secu Road about 30 vans, a bright floodlight at DeathPop. Intensified ID and bag checks between the vigil and the forest, an eviction tank was spotted and there are unconfirmed reports of arrests. Also near Morschenich reinforced police seems to be on the road.
Press release 10/03/2018
20:20 The last person at BlackSocks was probably taken from the tree.
17:02 Only a handful of cops at BlackSocks.
16:15 Under BlackSocks all platforms are destroyed, at least 1 person still in treetop. Ghost Town is completely evicted. Fenrir & QualityLand: floor structures evicted. There are also evictions of people on trees.
12:27 Police again pour out water under Fenrir.
12:05 A shovel comes on and the scene is covered with barrier tape.
11:57 The eviction at Fenrir has just begun.
11:45 Cops storm over the barricades under Fenrir 2.0. and encircle activists inside the circle.
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