HAMBACHER FOREST UPDATE – 4000 COPS, 12000 YEARS.

With the eviction well underway in the 12,000 year old forest of Hambach, the actions of those protecting capitalism increase in violence whilst the action of those protecting the earth increase in numbers.

Oaktown has been for the last three days the main focus of the eviction. After cutting many people out of their lock ons, they attacked Simona (pictured below). Simona is a ground structure that kept a little secret inside, a reinforced tunnel that kept the cops occupied for quite a long time. Police had no problem driving over the tunnel, endangering the multiple activists locked underground, and resulted to lift the whole house out of the way to access the entrance of the tunnel. Right now, Oaktown still resists, with one activist comfortably sleeping in a hammock in the highest point of a tree.

Yesterday the forest walk brought thousands of people to the small town of Buir. Packing train after train with angry people from many different cities, the police tried to control them on the line of the forest and announced that the forest walk was cancelled for the day. As if the police was able to cancel the walk! With great rage and spirits, hundreds of people broke the police line chanting “We want a forest walk!” and accessed the woods of Hambach. Once in the forest, the police was visibly outnumbered, having to face hundreds of people that made machines get out of the woods and even surrounded one of the police tanks, that had to hastily run out whilst police forces used violence against crowds chanting “We are peaceful, what are you?”. Today, the police has focused on Gallien and on the Westside Warriors (Beechtown and Cozytown). Latest news from Gallien report screams of pain coming out of Bolo.

Meanwhile, around Germany but also in many other countries, support actions have been sending solidarity to all the seedlings in the forest. From banner drops to planting trees inside of embassies and RWE offices, people have been getting creative. The latest report from the legal team shows 100+ arrests during the evictions, with 18 people still in custody.

HAMBACHER FORST – THE EVICTION HAS STARTED. 

Yesterday it was announced that the eviction in Hambacher Forst had to start today for the safety of the activists as the occupation is a fire hazard. It is of no surprise that RWE workers took all fire extinguishers they could find last week.

This morning, police is everywhere. Gallien is surrounded by cops, Oaktown doesn’t seem to have any police presence and monopods and tripods are starting to be vacated.

Heavy machinery on the other hand is stuck at the entrance of the forest. It is raining, and thanks to the past attacks by the police there is more mud than green on the ground.

The spirits are high and the people are willing to put up a fight. Over 100 people have appeared to the first line of the forest as a spontaneous solidarity demo. There are demos and actions popping up all over Germany.

We are aware that most of our readers are U.K. based. Also, many of you only know about Hambacher Forst because of us. We are not going to write a massive dissertation about the animals and plants an a different social system between the forest. You can do the learning yourself. But we are going to ask for something. We are asking you to take action. We are asking you to not simply “share and be sad” about this story. We want you to do something against it.

Here is a list of all of the buildings RWE has in the U.K. From energy rations to offices, there are many different levels of action that can be taken to fight back. It is your time to take action.

www.rweukjobs.com/our-locations

FOR THE FUCKING WILD.

FIVE DUCKS LIBERATED.

1st September, UK

anonymous report:

“Five water-deprived ducks liberated from their prison by members of the ALF cell FAM964. Now free in their forever home, these birds narrowly missed their slaughter date. Our thoughts go to all those left behind and all other animals oppressed by the human species. The fight continues, and will never stop, until total animal liberation.”

HAMBI UPDATE – ALL COPS ARE TARGETS. 

Yesterday a strong force of 2/3000 cops decided to raid the meadow. They use the excuse of a police officer having been hit by a projectile thrown with a slingshot and that they needed to find the “offensive weapon”.

They proceeded to arrest 20 people that were squatting the roofs and that would be released the same day. 

Whilst arrests were happening, a thorough search was undergo and they took all tools from the workspace, broke the clay oven with batons, tear down roofs of buildings and took away both 1000l canisters that are used to store all drinking water for the occupation. All this, within legal camp grounds and without permission of a judge.

This is a show of the tactics they are trying to implement, weakening the occupation with huge numbers and small actions before the actual eviction starts.

The meadow is now asking for tools and water so anyone able to help, please do so.

For anyone reading this, today the police is not blocking the entrances and there is no ID controls, so it is an ideal time to get in and help inside the forest.

We will keep you updated as more news come in.

HAMBI BLEIBT!

Photo: Destruction of the tool shed and workspace. Apparently screwdrivers are a potential offensive weapon.

TWO NATIVE WOMEN ARRESTED AFTER BLOCKADING THE “DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND OCEANS”.

Tsastilqualus Ambers Umbas and Shawna Green were arrested on the 18th of January after refusing to leave the DFO, situated on an increased indigenous territory.

The action was done in solidarity with the many indigenous people fighting the salmon farming in their land, that not only creates a culture of cruelty but also represents a ticking biological bomb for the ecosystem around it and a huge danger for the wild Pacific salmon which is legally supposed to be protected.

SOLIDARITY WITH OUR INDIGENOUS COMRADES AND IN DEFENCE OF THE EARTH AND THE ANIMALS!

LIBERATION.

LIBERATE OR DIE: FROM CAGE TO FREEDOM

INTERNATIONAL CALL!

JOIN US FOR A WEEK OF ANTISPECIESIST ACTION, WORKSHOPS AND SKILLSHARING.

15th – 20th March, 2018

We’ve been missing a real activist-run, animal-rights-based, radical
action camp, so we decided to make our own. In the Heart of the
Hambacher Forest, a landmark of anti-capitalist and climate justice
resistance, we will be hosting our first antispeciesist event.

THE LIST OF WORKSHOPS WILL BE UPDATED AS WE GET MORE SPEAKERS CONFIRMED

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– How to pick locks, by UnoffensiveAnimal
– Basics of climbing, by Hambacher Forst Besetzung
– Who is the ALF // History of the ALF, by UnoffensiveAnimal
– Introduction to Hunt Sabotage, by Hunt Saboteurs
– What is the Save Movement, Save Movement UK & Europe
– How to build a lock-on, by Hambacher Forst Besetzung
– Learning from previous struggles: vegan advocacy for animal liberation, by Seb Alex
– Establish the confrontation by direct action. How create a real offensive movement against the speciesist industry? by 269 Libération Animale
– Action climbing training by Earth Resistance
– The strategy of non violent direct action by Earth Resistance
– Vegan Vs Freegan, An open debate. by Hambacher Forst Besetzung.
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THIS EVENT IS FREE. With our concept of Anti-Capitalism, we do not
believe people should have to pay to learn, share knowledge and take
part in actions. Donations are well received as the occupation can
always do with some funds, but they are not necessary! (We have been
told they really like chocolate, hint hint!)

THIS EVENT IS VEGAN. We would like the space to be vegan and the
participants should be able to respect it. We dumpster dive most of our
food and although the forest has a divide between freegan and vegan
diets, the Antispeciesist Space will remain fully vegan.

THIS EVENT IS ACTIVIST RUN. We are all crew. We all take turns to wash
up dishes and to cook dinner, we all collect firewood and build a fire!
From each according to their need to each according to their ability, do
not be shy to help out!

THIS IS AN ACTION EVENT. On our first day, we would like to discuss
different actions that could take place during the week. Depending on
the skill level and legal comfort we will make a decision to take action
one way or another. Bring ideas and listen to the group, we are sure
that whatever is decided will be a wonderful action!

THIS EVENT IS BASED AT THE HEART OF A COMMUNITY. We will be sharing the
forest with others and many have lived there to protect the trees for
years. Some are VERY camera shy. Taking photos of the occupation is
wonderful, but DO NOT take photos of activists without express
permission. The same way, phones aren’t very welcomed in plenaries and
workshops. Trust us, you’ll feel a massive relieve not carrying it
around at all times!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You should firstly bring yourself. Call in sick at work and avoid going
to uni, what’s best; being a wage slave or fighting for the animals?
There is a list of things you could bring with you but if you don’t have
something specifically DO NOT WORRY, we will find a way.

– Sleeping bag and mattress
– Tent (it would be good to bring them depending on how many we are!)
– Rage
– Head torch
– Love
– Warm clothes
– Boots
– Hugs (but please ask first before sharing them!)

HOW DO I GET THERE?
If you are coming from outside of Germany, Cologne has great bus
connections! Check FlixBus and get yourself here! From Cologne, you will
need to grab the train line “S-Bahn” to BUIR. S12 to Duren will work,
but google map it if you’re lost!
Once you arrive at Buir’s train station, go down the stairs and turn
left. Keep walking over the motorway bridge and another 200m until you
arrive at a junction signalling left towards Morschenich. Take the left
and carry on walking straight until you see an airfield to your right.
Then use the sand road to arrive at The Meadow and say hi!

If you need more explanation, click on the link below:
https://hambachforest.org/contact/directions/

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Come whenever, come for the event, come before and stay for years or
come for the weekend. It is up to you!

IS IT REALLY FOR FREE?
Yes. Food, smiles and a place to sleep, all for free. Fuck capitalism
big time. We are here to change the world, not to become part of the
system.

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DISCLAIMER: This is an ANARCHO-VEGAN event. Nazis, right-wingers,
sexists, transphobes and any other form of oppressive bigot needs to
abstain themselves from attending. Also cops not welcome but we know
you’ll be there, won’t you?

DISCLAIMER 2: Many people in the forest have “forest names”. You can
rename yourself too if that makes you happy! We also don’t tend to ask
for real names, ages, place of origin and all that stuff. Also, we don’t
usually have IDs in the forest. Up to you to consider your own security,
of course.

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See the event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/330777867416283/

FUR FARMING INVESTIGATION.

Malcolm Klimowicz from Kitchener Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance has endured a series of investigations in fur farms around Ontario to show the conditions animals are being kept on.

The magnitude of his work is massive, and he has only released a handful of the investigations. In this particular video, he discovers a puppy mill alongside the fur farm, and a corner of the farm is dedicated to white rabbits that could be sold for vivisection.

There’s a website to watch all the investigations and to sign a petition to end fur farming, so please have a look here:

https://www.endfurfarming.com/

THERE’S NO REST.

UNTIL ALL ARE FREE!

REMEMBERING JILL PHIPPS.

On the 1st of February 1995, Jill Phipps tragically died after being crushed under the wheels of a lorry delivering baby veal calves to Coventry airport. Today, we remember Jill and her legacy.

Despite almost 100 officers being present on the day of the protest, they failed to protect those who had attempted to stop the lorry moving by sitting on the road. A protester at the scene noted that the police ignored the clear safety problems, and ushered the lorry to continue moving. It was at this moment that Jill was knocked down, and crushed under the wheels of the vehicle.

Today we remember a woman who was fearless and died needlessly in the fight for animal liberation. Although a tragic incident that should not have happened, Jill’s death inspired and still inspires many to get active and join fighting the cause that Jill lost her life for. We must honour her and remember her in our actions.

Jill’s spirit lives on in those who fight.

JILL PHIPPS 15 JANUARY 1964 – 1 FEBRUARY 1995.

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AN ALL-WOMEN, VEGAN ANTI-POACHING UNIT IN ZIMBABWE.

The IAPF – International Anti Poaching Foundation – www.iapf.org counts with an all women anti-poaching unit patrolling the land and protecting the wild.

The (apparently controversial according to the media) program started with 36 women being pushed even harder than men through a special forces style training. Only three dropped out.

The empowerment of women from disadvantaged backgrounds doesn’t just create an opportunity for them, but also for those around them. Although the unit is a wildlife conservation team, their background makes them work within the community and not against it and many have plans to open schools and foster orphans.

The fact that the whole team went vegan just says something is very right about the group.

We have linked up a video where you can see some of their training. Sadly, the documentary focuses a lot more on their white man trainer than on them, so we didn’t want to feature it as the main media. Who would’ve thought that media would still be so backwards thinking, reinforcing those social hierarchies?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbY9MImrJtw

POWER TO MARGNINALISED GROUPS. FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE EARTH.

HUNT SABOTEUR IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER ATTACK.

“A Hunt Saboteur is in critical condition after being punched to the ground and ridden down by members of the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers. The huntsman from the hunt was present and involved in the attack. Cameras and radios were stolen during the attack.

Saboteurs had been following the hunt when a small group of three were lured into a premeditated attack. The injured sab was punched to the ground before being ridden over by one of the hunt horses. He is currently in hospital undergoing a CT scan and repeatedly lost consciousness after the attack. He also has a hoof print in his head.”

Vía: Hunt Saboteurs

http://huntsabs.org

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