For the action days this year and the climate camps many people from across Europe will come to Rhineland. We hope that again diverse and strong actions will give a hard time to the company RWE. Only, most of the activists will leave after 29th of August – the struggle against coal seems to be an event that only takes place once a year.
We want to use the presence of hundreds of activists in Hambacher Forst to prepare for the next cutting season. We need supporters and fellows to be able to oppose the company RWE. We will need diverse ideas and forms of action. There is much to be done. Be it to build platforms, prepare actions, build contacts and networks. Let us deal with the imminent repression openly and in solidarity. If the state tries to separate and weaken us with court cases, police violence and zivil law suits we should get together and support each other as much as possible.
The massive number of activists will be accompanied by a massive number of police. Last year showed that also prosecution uses its presence to act against occupations. Directly after the Ende Gelände action days in 2016 the LAUtonomia forest occupation in Lusatia (Lausitz) was evicted. We don’t want to give the police the opportunity to repeat this procedure in the rhineland. Therefore we need many people who stay longer than only during the climate camps. The danger to be confronted with an overpowering police action will be reduced if we continue our presence in the forest after the camps. If only for some days, weeks or longer: Come into Hambacher Forst and let the struggle for climate justice not only be a festival event but carry it 365 days a year around in the woods, on the streets, the diggers and railways!