Call for a gathering and skillshare in Gállok, near Jokkmokk in Sápmi (so called sweden)

On nomineingallok.noblogs.org we found the following callout.

The struggle against a mining project in Gállok have been going on for many years now. In 2013 there was a protest camp where people were trying to stop the drilling and blowing up of the ground. They never managed to completely stop the mining company, but they managed to delay them and get people organised.

Right now it’s up to the so called swedish government to decide if someone will be allowed to start the mine or not. But we will not wait for their decision. We have already made ours – No mine in Gállok! Not now, not ever.

This struggle is closely connected to the struggle of the Sami people, the indigenous people of Sápmi. For 400 years, the so called swedish, norwegian, finnish and russian states have colonised Sápmi. With the use of cultural genocide they tried to wipe out the Sami people. They never succeded.

So in mid august we meet in the north. The main focus of this gathering will be to connect the different struggles in Sapmi. So we can stand united against the exploitation and contamination of our water, mountains, air and forests. Against mines, windmills, dams, industries, clearcuts, nuclear power plants, pipelines and so on. Let’s come together and share our skills and experiences. How can we support each other? How can we create a good and persistent culture of resistance?

If you want to contribute with a workshop, a talk, a discussion or whatever, contact us so that we can put it in the schedule.

You can read more here or on kolonierna.se
Contact us at kolonierna at riseup dot net

No mine in Gállok!

 

Please spread on other relevant websites.

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EVICTION by mid of march in ZAD

Disclaimer: This article was written by a group of people and does not represent the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

It has been officially confirmed that from mid-March there is an acute risk of eviction for the ZAD de la colline (forest and meadow occupation) in Switzerland near Lausanne. The judiciary and the state have decided in favor of the International Cement and Concrete Group Lafarge-Holcims in the court case.

The police will have the right to clear the ZAD from March 16!

❗️More info will follow before and during the eviction here in the German-speaking ZAD info channel. https://t.me/ZoneADefendreDE ❗️

There is also a French-speaking Info Channel: https://t.me/zad_de_la_colline

⚡️For questions about ZAD or other actions, feel free to contact @actionpointcsch⚡️

🔥Holcim sites in Germany http://www.holcim.de/de/standorte
this is of course not a call to direct action, just do what you think is right with the information🔥

🌎 You can also find more info on the new ZAD website https://zaddelacolline.info/🌍

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Further public critisism for the police violence in Danni

Disclaimer: This article was written by a group of people and does not represent the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

Many people still fight in Danni for the forest, for the trees and other living creatures, for a better world, for life, for …

In order to break this strong resistance the state and thus the police were and still are willing to cause massive damage. There were many cases of police violence: physical and psychical injuries. People were (at times severely) injured and traumatized as a result of unprofessional or/and deliberate actions by the police. A press conference on this topic was already held. Texts, pictures and videos were published. Newly, the texts of Parents for Future Danni and of the parlamentary observers were published, dealing, among others, with police violence.

We want and try to further thematize police violence in and around Danni. And so additionaly stress how NOT ok it is, what happened and still happens there. We want to stop the building of A49. And do something against police violence in the future.
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Where do we go from here? – A report from the Danni protest camp

Disclaimer: This article was written by a group of people and does not represent the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

The fight for the Danni is far from over. It is true that we – by this I mean all living organisms, human and non-human animals – have suffered heavy defeats through the loss of various habitats, and many may still not be aware of the consequences for society. But more and more people are becoming aware of the need for a change in our mobility and an ecological way of life.

We may have lost large parts of the forest during the last year, but we have also gained a lot. A deeper understanding of our nature, a sense of belonging, empowerment, a broader understanding of society and being understood by the community. Furthermore, we had to realize that our state does not take climate protection seriously enough and portrays sustainable climate activism that tries to stop the massive destruction of nature as a criminal act.

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Solidarity from Bure, La Zad du Carnet and west of france

Disclaimer: The publication of this article was decided by one person/some people and not by the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.


Here are the solidarity fotos and text in response with the call for
solidarity in french that you can find here
https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/54253

The first one is from Bure, the occupation against nuclear
installation in Eastern France :

Solidarity with Danni’s occupation !

Since more than a year, Danni forest (Germany) is occupied. The
compagny Deges wants to make the A49 longer, passing through Danni
forest. They have already cut 85 hectare of forest and since a month the
eviction of the forest is going on, with consequences such as people
felling from high, being injured, arrested, jailed, isolated for
refusing to give identity.

We are answering to the call out for solidarity, read on nantes
indymedia : https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/54253.

A banner have been put up in the the Bois Lejuc, in one of the trees
occupied in july 2019 (more info :
https://bureburebure.info/bure-the-return-of-owls/). Despite a special
law forbidding acces to the forest and the surveillance, we will
continue to happily wander in the forest, and even more.

Thanks for your amazing occupation and resistance !

Strength to you!”
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Thoughts of some Aktivisti about the Nikolaus-Action

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More and more „Nikolaus“- packages arrived at the Protestcamp
Dannenröder Wald in the last days.
We see that this was supposed to be a kind and lovely action, but even
due the fact it was nice to read the letters, we are not completely
happy about it.

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How our occupation became just a consumerist festival.

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Last weeks in the times of cutting and destruction of our home I am often remembering how was the life here over one year I had spent here, how much it changed and how much we lost. From my perception there were two etaps of the occupation. In the first one we have been very few people and we were thinking a lot about how we live and what are impacts of our actions. Then the second period which started in summer with lot of people ariving in short time without enough time to discuss all parts of the daily forest life and get used to live diferent life than in city and criticaly think about impacts of our actions.
As one part of this change was that the occupation abondoned its anticonsumerist aproach. When the occupation was smaller we used to dumpster dive most of our food and have been critical about food which was donated to us and tried to communicate to people to at least not buy for us colonial products and idealy to simply not buy things for us maybe with exception of oil which was usualy missing in dumpsters. With exception of one or two treehouses with stupid gas cookers we cooked just with wood. As well we tried to recycle lot of building material we needed. For example instead of using new nails we usually rather used reycled unstraight rusty nails, straighten them and used them again. Oh I hated straightening these nails so much in beginning but after some built treehouses it just became normal and I wouldn’t get an idea to take new nails when there were buckets of old ones standing around.
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About violence and non-violence

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FRENCH VERSION OF THE TEXT  (For the english version, scroll down)


Un manteau blanc sur les arbres mort. Il a neigé ici à danni. Et il devrait neiger encore ce week-end. 

La lutte ne fonctionne pas pour protéger la forêt. Nous avons perdu 90% des arbres sur le tracet de l’autoroute. Il ne reste plus qu’un seul lieu de vie et une centaine de mètre encore boisé. Malgré les blocages plutôt efficace de Ende Gelände chaque dimanche, les autres jours de la semaine les arbres tombent. Nous échouons. Et nous avons eu le temps d’analyser cela, mais les mêmes stratégies sont utilisées. Un rituel qui amène l’énergie de révolte vers le sentiment d’impuissance puis la dépression. Pleins d’activistes partent, burnouts. Les tactiques des cabanes et de grimper dans les arbres ne fonctionnent pas complétement. Elles permettent de gagner du temps, pas de tenir hors de la forêt les machines et la police. Ou alors il faut réaliser des structure de 60 mètres de hauteur pour être hors d’accès des machines élèvatrices (une structure à 40 mètres s’est faites finalement expulser par une machine pouvant atteindre 51 mètres). Un exemple de lutte victorieuse pour sauver les arbres est celui de Julia Hill aux USA qui est resté 2 ans en haut d’un sequoia à 55 mètres de hauteur (“De sève et de sang” – Julia Hill, ed. Libre). Mais il n’y a malheureusement pas de séquoia à Danni. Un problème majeur que j’ai rencontré ici est le manque de perspective. Lorsque je demande à plusieurs personnes si c’est possible de gagner. On me dit souvent : “gagner quoi ?” ou “ça veut dire quoi gagner ?” Je précise : “Que les arbres restent”. On me dit alors dans 80% des cas que cela n’est pas possible, que l’on va perdre et que l’on peut simplement gagner du temps ou leur faire perdre beaucoup d’argent. Il est difficile de trouver des personnes qui ont l’objectif d’arrêter la découpe des arbres, de tendre vers ce but. 
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Why we are still here despite the pandemic.

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“I beg you: Please refrain from any travel that is not really absolutely necessary […] Please stay at home, at your place of residence, whenever possible“, said Angela Merkel1 on 17 October in her podcast2. That day I got on a train, crossed a state border and joined the activists who, like me, came from several cities, states and countries in Europe to protect the Danni forest from destruction.

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Do We Have a Forest? The Need to Diversify our Tactics

Disclaimer: We found this article on de.indymedia.org (https://de.indymedia.org/node/122141)The publication of this article was decided by one person/some people and not by the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

Currently in Mittelhessen we are losing forested areas and are quite understandably upset and angry. 6 weeks ago the cutting started and already the track of the proposed highway has cut kilometres through 2 forests and now attacks where the main occupation, Danni is. Those people here to safeguard this habitat have been putting their lives in danger, in situations in which cops cut ropes which secure them and have fallen metres to the ground, they have been beaten off of machines and some tortured in custody (Gesa). Let us remind that the police is an apparatus of the state invented to protect private property, and this is what many of us here at Danni are fundamentally against. We are here rather for the common good, clean water, air, natural ecosystems, community, shelter. To own something is to take care of it, what the state rather does is take possession to control and we oppose. We write this article in order to clearly communicate the means necessary to arrive at the ultimate goal of forests that stay and regenerate, and a highway project that gets composted into a tale of a nonsense that could have happened.

[This analysis of the situation in the Dannenröder Wald Occupation was written on 20. November. Due to the overwhelming stress of the still ongoing eviction, it took until now to publish it. It remains as relevant as lessons to learn from Danni, and from the effects of police violence and oppression in general.]

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