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.

FUR FARM IN SWEDEN CLOSES DOWN AFTER MULTIPLE ALF ACTIONS.

It’s been three weeks since a raid in a fur farm in Hjo, Sweden, was reported online. During an anti fur demo, a group of activists entered the farm and released thousands of mink from their cages. Knut Indebetou, owner of the farm, has confirmed through an africultural newspaper that he is closing the farm because “it’s not worth the effort”. Over the years, that same farm has been the target of multiple ALF actions.

DIRECT ACTION GETS THE GOODS!

RABBITS LIBERATED.

12th September, Belgium.

“20 rabbits who were destined for slaughter for consumption were freed.

Now they will live a life in freedom away from exploitation and death”

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM IN MEXICO – A TALK WITH GERARDO TRISTAN. 

Are you in South West UK? Join Bristol Animal Rights Collective for a very interesting talk about animal rights, indigenous struggles and the fight of animal and human liberation in Mexico. We’ve also heard they will be sorting out another workshop in London so keep your eyes open!

“Learn about the history, challenges, victories and hopes of the Mexican AR movement. Learn what it is like to fight for animal and human liberation from the perspective of a Native American and an anti-speciesist queer activist.

Gerardo Tristan/Wotko is a Nahuatl, anti-speciesist and queer activist and community organiser from Monterrey, Mexico with over 30 years of experience working on a wide range of social issues such as indigenous/lgbtq /animal rights and food justice. From working as a coordinator of an international students group volunteering in the mountains of central Mexico helping indigenous coffee cooperatives in the summer of 2002 to being a collaborator at the Zapatista’s (EZLN) peace talk process during the spring of 1994, Gerardo has always been involved in vital issues in his country. In the fall of 2015 Gerardo founded FaunAccion, in CDMX. The group’s mission is to empower activists and agents of change by providing them with education and relevant tools for their activism. Currently Gerardo is working on two food justice projects: El Molcajete, a food education program on wheels in Mexico and The Chestnut Tree Reclamation Project in TN, USA.”

PIGEON SHOOTING FACILITIES SABOTAGED.

30th August, Navarra.

– translated from frentedeliberacionanimal.net

“Six of the seven pigeon shooting facilities in Añorbe were destroyed by the ALF. The house where shooters keep their stuff was also broken into, destroying everything and painting ALF on the walls”

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.

RABBITS LIBERATED.

 

12th September, Belgium.

“20 rabbits who were destined for slaughter for consumption were freed.

Now they will live a life in freedom away from exploitation and death.”

 

 

NINE TURKEYS LIBERATED.

7th September, South U.K.

received anonymously:

‘Second Hit on turkey farm by ALF cell FAM964. A team of 7 activists rescued 9 medium-sized turkeys (much bigger since the 1st hit) and transported them to their 2 forever homes. “We have an ethical duty to protect the innocent and the vulnerable. We uphold this duty by carrying out actions as frequently and as regularly as possible, limited only by time, funds and spaces. We feel overwhelmingly incomplete when we’re inactive, for their liberation is also our liberation”.’

UNOFFENSIVE UPDATE – A BATTLE OF MANY FRONTS, A FIGHT WE WILL ENDURE UNTIL WE WIN. 

We are pretty sure that by now you folks are aware of the shit storm around the animal liberation and eco struggle in Europe. With folks in Hambacher Forst Besetzung resisting against RWE and the German filth trying to evict, Pont Valley organising a week of workshops and an amazing day of action (report of the coal mine blockade coming soon) and the badger cull starting in some zones and ready to start as a whole very soon, it is very difficult to cover all actions.

Regardless, we are resiliently joining activists everywhere and working hard to help wherever we can. The badger cull takes a special part in our struggle, so we have joined forces with many of our comrades and friends to run Underground Badger Syndicate and be able to work in multiple zones at the same time, bringing you fresh news as soon as we have them. We will undoubtedly and tirelessly fight against the completely irrational decision to murder badgers in the U.K. for as long as it is needed.

We are aware we have not responded to emails about workshops and some of the merch orders are late, we are doing our best to sort everything out as soon as possible. Please bare with us, we are doing as much as we possibly can.

Also, we have the new Agitator magazine, so drop us a PM if you want a copy!

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SHOOTING TOWERS SABOTAGED.

28th August, Lincolnshire UK.

received anonymously.

“On Tuesday 28th August those pesky pixies were out causing some mischief in a field in Lincolnshire, a metal frame shooting tower was rendered useless, several of the bars that form the structure were removed from the area then hidden in overgrown brambles and all of the fastening
clips and bolts were removed.

While this action alone won’t stop the barbaric slaughter of animals at the hands of the shooting industry, it does send a clear signal of intent to the perpetrators.”

Photo: Old report from the dismantling of shooting towers in Sweden.

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