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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A message from the Leonard Peltier Support Group (LPSG)

Disclaimer: This article represents an opinion of one person/some people and not of 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.

We invite you to follow this link https://youtu.be/4VSslcvEWg8. Here youfind a new videoslide-presentation about the incidents around DannenröderForest. See how peopl try to protect and defend the woods and how with supportby police the destruction of this forest starts. Some of our canadian andamerican friends asked us to share impressions. In the name of the defenders ofthe oods and also the villages in the coal mining areas I want to thank you allfor your solidarity messages. After two weeks of police occupation 11 youngactivists are now imprisoned, just for protesting on a highway. In the lastdays specil police forces let drop in free fall protectors of the trees from 10to 20 feet height on earth, some were life threatening injured. In 70 feet height two protectors of trees were tased by police, old people gotbeaten to the ground….that is the true story – and all under the responsibilityof our so called Green Party. Please feel free and send me just some words ofsolidarity from Indian Countra and other parts of the world I can tell all theprotectors and defenders of Mother Earth, all injured and imprisoned activists.Our solidarity is for them like survival kid and soul food: it empowers.

Thank You. Mike from the German Peltier Support Group

Tokata – LPSG RheinMain e. V./Germany Verein zur Unterstützung indianischer Jugend-, Kultur- und Menschenrechtsprojekte & Leonard Peltier SupportGroup
www.leonardpeltier.de

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A story about eviction of Woanders and more

Disclaimer: This article represents an opinion of one person/some people and not of 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.

Day X was already 10 days ago and deforestation in the Dannenröder Forst is advancing every day. Today, the people in Woanders were evicted and the main structure destroyed. The police already ensured several times in their public communication that their operations would be conducted under the principle of ‘safety before speed’. The following text will explain why that is not the case and link to the global context which makes the situation even more absurd. Clearing a healthy forest in times of climate crisis is insane and the operations aren’t “safe”. Neither for activists nor future generations.
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Free statement of complaint and grief

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Press Statement: Big Police Operation at Dannenrod Forest starts today

+++ BREAKING: Big Police Operation at Dannenrod Forest starts today +++

Dannenrod, November 10, 2020. The conflict concerning the construction of the German highway A49 and the cutting of trees in the forest is reaching a new level of escalation. After the cutting of trees had been finished in Herrenwald Forest and Maubacher Forest recently, the police began today at 07:30am its operation in Dannenrod Forest (“Dannenröder Wald”) in order to prepare the cutting of the forest for constructing the highway A49. At first, cops surrounded the treehouse village “Drüben” nearby the street B62; also, cops were placed at the forest entrance in Dannenrod. Activists have already been living in Dannenrod Forest since October 2019, in order to avoid the cutting of the forest in the context of the A49 highway construction. The forest is a 300 year old, healthy mixed forest inside a drinking water reserve. The activists say that their protest will be stronger than ever.
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[wald-statt-asphalt-newsletter] 11 / Newsletter #DanniBleibt!

Dear supporters of the Dannenröder forest,

Here comes the “forest instead of asphalt” Newsletter for the period until 8.
November with reports on the situation in the Danni and on numerous
Activities! What’s new from the occupation?

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[wald-statt-asphalt-newsletter] 10 / Newsletter #DanniBleibt!

Dear supporters of the Dannenröder Wald,

here comes the Wald-Statt-Asphalt newsletter for the period until November 1st with reports about the situation in the Danni and about numerous activities! What’s new from the occupation?

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Call to action 29th – 31st of October

You have also noticed lately how effective it is to take direct action in solidarity with the Dannenröder Forest and you would like to try that right now?

Then we have something for you: From October 29th to 31st, the #WaldStattAsphalt Action Days will take place! Continue reading

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[wald-statt-asphalt-newsletter] 8 | Newsletter #DanniStays!

🔴🌳 Dear supporters* of the Dannenröder Forest, 🌳🔴

On October 1, the clearing and clearing work in the Herrenwald began, and this week it was also started in the Maulbach Forest. Current information about the forest occupations in Dannenröder, Herrenlos and Maulbach Forest can be found on the Danni ticker:

➡️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/danniticker
➡️ Telegram: https://t.me/DanniTicker

See you in the forest or on the #MotorwayInTheClimateCrisis.

Here again a chronology of the events of the first days of clearing and clearing.

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Sharing on how to block highways

Disclaimer: This is not a manual on how to block highways but a sharing of experiences of similar actions like the blockade of A5 in Hessen. There are other possibilities how to block highways.

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