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[Hambach Forest] A forest friend fell from a tree and died during a police attempt to evict the tree house village

19.09.18

“A friend who has accompanied us as a journalist for a long time in the forest, fell today from a suspension bridge over 20 meters high in Beechtown and died. At that time police and RWE tried to evict the tree house village. The SEK was in the process of arresting an activist near the suspension bridge. Our friend was apparently on the way there when he fell.

We are deeply shaken. All our thoughts and desires are with him. Our compassion goes to all the relatives, friends and people who feel concerned.

We urge the police and RWE to leave the forest immediately and stop this dangerous operation. No further lives may be endangered.

What is needed now is a moment of rest.

Even if this is difficult for you at the moment, just as it is difficult for us to give such a factual hint: We recommend, in order to protect all activists, do not give any statements, nor even make any testimonies at the police. The accident must and will be reappraised, but the police are not the place to do that. Their interest is to blame activists.”

Update: The deceased was a photographer and longtime friend of the occupants ande he was doing a report on the eviction of tree houses. He fell on his back from a height of about 20 meters, not having resisted his injuries. The police invasion is over for now.

More information: https://hambacherforst.org

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Victoria, Australia: Solidarity with imprisoned comrades from the Hambach forest occupation

Received on 05.02.18

Solidarity from so-called Victoria, Australia, with imprisoned comrades from the Hambach forest occupation in Germany. On January 22nd, cops raided tree houses and barricade structures in the forest, and took 9 people into custody. We took this photo as a small part of the international day of solidarity with the Hambi 9 on February 3rd.

The occupation has for years now been an amazing and inspiring site of resistance against the continued expansion of Europe’s largest coal mine. It is part of a global struggle against ecological destruction brought on by capitalism.

Freedom for eco-defenders everywhere!

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Lejuc (Bure), France: Tension is rising in the liberated forest, the blue team has opened the game – reinforcements needed!

img_20160626_211058Recently we published an emergency call-out concerning the situation of our fresh, small but active forest occupation standing against the nuclear monster Andra and its CIGEO plan. On 24th of November, our eviction threat got concrete. The environmental authority decided to free Andra from carrying out an environmental impact study, opening its way towards the final destruction permit.

That very morning the blue team opened the game.

After the é’th decision, they are attempting to penetrate their way into the forest by any possible means. Sometimes they use excuses like «replanting trees», or civilian cops coming for a walk with their «families» on Sunday afternoons. Today they paid us three consecutive visit at the entrance barricade between 6:30 and 8 AM. Finally, they even tried to take that barricade* with a comical attempt to appear credible in our eyes. Obviously they are testing our reactions and trying to wear us down so they can plan how to come next.

As the blue team opened the game, come and play with us! We are urgently asking reinforcements to come. The first official squatter of the Lejuc woods, Sven Lindstrom, decided to do his bit in making eviction matters more difficult for Andra by changing his home address in to the woods and throwing a themed birthday party on 13.12. As the first party crashers have now rattled at the gates, we urge our friends to come bounce them out of the forest next time they show up.

«Come in, bring your own beer and plenty of friends!» Sven wishes to add.

While we are taking our stand against the destruction of the living planet in the name of short-term profit, other good people are taking their stand elsewhere. With love, rage and solidarity we wish to encourage those facing the full force of repression in Standing Rock, North Dakota – one struggle!

Route plans and directions for visitors to come at: en.vmc.camp

* Luckily, we have many. All over the place. Defend them with us!

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Forest occupation in Bure, France: Come on and join us!

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essai-768x461On the 1st of August, the nuclear monster Andra was ruled by the court to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest without legal permits. Today, 24th of November, the environmental authority ruled that Andra is freed from having to carry out an environmental impact study concerning its plans, but can instead simply apply for that final clearing cut permit. The alarming part is that this permit will, besides the clear cuts, also cover the whole of the works in preparation for CIGEO, the gigantic underground repository for highly radioactive nuke waste. So when they come in the next time with their cops and bulldozers: they’re coming to destroy. Big time.

There will be yet one more court hearing about the forest matter on 15th of December. If they play things by the book, they will wait until then, maybe even January. If they decide to do what they want, they can come evicting on any morning from this moment on. So yes: this is an emergency call out, to join, help prepare and face it !

More info on en.vmc.camp

Bure, France: Call-out from a fresh forest occupation. Feel like joining us in and for this struggle?

Autumn has arrived – and as nights grow longer, we keep on struggling against the planned underground disposal facility for highly radioactive nuke waste (CIGEO) and the nuclear company Andra out and off from destroying these woodlands of Mandres in Bure, France. After nearly 5 months of demonstrations, (re)occupations, forest walks, evictions, legal actions, (wall) sabotages and new constructions from tree-houses to watch towers rising in the forest – we continue to settle in. Our forest family is small, but active and growing, welcoming new residents and visitors to walk the woods with us.

Since the 1st of August 2016, Andra, a state-financed nuclear company considering highly radioactive nuke waste as a *resource* instead of a danger, was ruled by the court of Bar-le-Duc to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest with the leftovers of the late Berlin wall it had started without legal permissions. The company was ruled into the process of either getting the authorization or, in the best scenario, be ruled to re-cultivate the destruction it had caused.

To encourage the court system for once to do the right thing and the forest to keep on standing strong, 500 of us seized the moment on 14th August and took down the 1,2km long concrete wall surrounding the forest. After this action, the new forest occupation built itself up without call-outs, in-a-matter-of-factly: when you know what’s the right thing to do, it’s easy to get going.

Unfortunately, we still haven’t defeated Andra. They appealed the 1st August court decision, and the matter was scheduled to go to court on 3rd of November. Unsurprisingly enough, the session was postponed, giving Andra yet more time to find legal loopholes for its needs. Thus, the procedure to authorize the clear cuts is advancing. Since October, the bailiff’s and security guards have tried to have their own forest walks with varying success, police controls taken place in nearby villages and helicopters buzzed up the air space. Some artistic comrades were given a 2 month suspended prison sentence for a graffiti on a ruined Andra building, another one got a ban from the area of Meuse for two years and free auditions are piling up for the fall of the Andra wall. A new prefect took the office in Meuse and CIGEO has a brand new director. Andra has also recruited a new public law expert to avoid its past mistakes.

To put it short: they are reorganizing, and threat of a forest eviction and resumption of the drilling works are growing on an alarming rate. And since the forest cannot stand up and fight for itself: it’s up to us to stand up for it.

With this new call we’re not only giving an update to old friends and supporters. First and foremost, we’re inviting all of you to come or take a stand of solidarity elsewhere. From Calais to Notre-Dame-des-Landes active people are not giving in for repression, but finding hope from action. We respect the diversity of tactics: whether your thing is to summon up the clown army, get creative with your friends or arrange a Sunday fiesta of roasted chestnuts for local supporters, you’re welcomed here.

The fresh forest occupation has built its infrastructure just for a couple of months. We offer the usual setting: kitchen, toilets, material to build your own nest: but as the warmable communal hut with a spacious sleeping floor is still a work in progress, we recommend that you take enough warm clothes and personal sleeping gear with you.

You can reach us via sauvonslaforet[at]protonmail.com or +33(0)7 5387 8161. More info on en.vmc.camp

*every sunday afternoon, starting at 14:00, we offer forest walks, climbing workshops, hut constructions and discussions in the forest – come and bring your friends and neighbours!

*to support us financially and materially, feel free to donate what you can: food, finances, tools – and especially pellets and planks are always treasured.