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The Hambach Forest was squatted by anti-opencast coal activists in April this year to stop RWE expanding their huge mining projects in the Rhineland Brown Coal Region of Germany. The protest camp is currently bing evicted by police. More updates as they come, see below for statement from the camp.

Eviction statement from the occupied forest:

The eviction of the squatted hambach Forest begun this morning. The forest which is in the rheinisch browncoal region (close to collogne) is squatted since April to stop the deforestation. RWE is cutting the trees to expand the largest open cast mine in europe where they extract brown coal.The rheinish Brown Coal area is the largest CO2 source in europe.

Several hundred police forces are in the area and activists are locked-on in the trees and on the ground. They cut the walkways to avoid the police to enter the tree houses. The police removed an occupied tripod on the road to the squat and they have a special force for tree climbing in the forest. A few activists on the ground already got arrested and the main bridge to the forest is closed. In many cities around germany there will be solidarity actions today. Organise other action in your city to support the resistance against brown coal and for the hambach forest. Look out for offices of RWE or subsidary companys.

2 Responses to “Hambach Forest Occupation Being Evicted”

  1. 1 woodland cat of hambach

    It took the cops allmost five days to evict the camp. The first days it seemed like they had no idea how to crack the tunnel.
    fivehundret cops. They say it had been the most expensive eviction of an occupation in the area of this world some ppl call germany. Of course i do not know if this means anything. The number that floats around is 800.000 Euro. For me it seems as if -in there standards- this is not that much money, though it brought a lot of publucity to the forest of Hambach.

    The media, allmost as usual, said some good stuff, some “okay” stuff and some really really disqusting stuff. The consious misinformation the cops released allmost made me puke, when I heard that even to lawyers of the state said that the information the cops released were bullcrap. Sometimes it is not that easy to get used to this kind of mental uglyness. Sometimes it seems to me that all the hearts of those ppl were just sick. Of course i don’t know anything about that … but anyway…

    Literally ppl are back on the field three days after the end of the eviction (They tatted up on a field near the forest, wich is also in the area RWE plannes to turn into a part of their big rocky graveyard.) The activists are trying to put up a camp wich is able to endure the Temperature of the hopefully not too cold winter.
    Support is welcomed.

  2. 2 woodland cat of hambach

    Today the cops tried to evict the newly occupied field near the forest of hambach. They proclaimed that the owner of the field reported to them that the activists are violating his property. As the owner of the field arrived at the scene and said that he does, under any circumstances, not want the camp to be evicted, the cops took the owner of the flied into custody for “interfering a police operation”. I was like “WTF?”, but seriously. THIS IS NO JOKE!

    As the media ppl arrived the cops realized that on their perspektive it was no good publicity at all to knowingly violate property law while beeing the organ of the so called federal republic of germany, wich is officially supposed to defend the property law. I mean okay. With opened eyes it is not suprising to see gouverment systems and there departments to move in their contraditions over and over again, but so obvious? C’mon, are you serious? If i was into black humor i would write that to me this looks like a desperate brat, who is begging to be killed for beeing that stupid. And as I, after writing that sentence, looked up what “brat” means that actually makes me sad.

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