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(en) Australia, Sydney, anarchist zine Mutiny #30 - Camp Hamburg Reportback of the Climate and Anti-Racism Camp by JustRed

Date Sat, 27 Sep 2008 12:14:54 +0300



For the first time ever in Germany, the Climate and Anti-Racist Camps were held
simultaneously in Hamburg 15-24th August 2008. The camps were held together for
both practical and political reasons. On the practical side these included
shared posters and momentum building, shared workshop spaces, kitchen and
toilets. ---- The interface between the two camps was politically interesting
due to the many links between the issues of climate and racism, such as migra of
Global South people and resources, climate refugees, and of cou problems with
capitalism which put profits before both people and was also clear that the
environmental movement had much to learn movement and vice-versa.

The camp was somewhat smaller than estimated, with approximate
camping throughout the week. It was held in a field somewhere in a
Hamburg. The camp had all the expected facilities: info tent, works
press information stall, media/internet tent, security lookouts, a safe
people's kitchen, 3 cafes, medics, composting toilets, a craft area, a
There was also a minimum 4 hours of camp radio per day, organise
Free Radio group. Though the organising of the 2 camps was separ
differentiate them once they started.
There was a joint programme with workshops from both camps, an
day, many with overlapping focuses. The camp was organised with
model. Meetings were held at 9am each morning (ouch!) and memb
neighbourhoods), affinity groups and the camp could attend and pa
happenings and action planning back to their respective people.
The week was full with workshops and both
centralised and de-centralised actions. A brief
outline of some of the actions:
Saturday: Demonstration through the town
centre to announce the start of the camp.
Sunday: Soccer against Racism. A festival in
the park with soccer competitions, food and
information stalls.

Monday: "Reclaim your Supermarket", theatrical blockade of "Aldi". Anti-nuclear
action, where people persuaded the public that nuclear waste would need to be
dumped in the middle of Hamburg. (And some of them believed it!!)
Tuesday: Demonstration to and blockade of Germany's largest grain refinery ADM.
Demonstration outside a training centre for "Frontex", the European Union's
border patrol. Attack on a deportation office with 30 odd people, a hammer and a
fire extinguisher full of red paint.

Wednesday: An action with boats and theatre on the lake in the middle of
Hamburg, to demonstrate against a dam project in Turkey with German funding. A
radio "ballet"; a flashmob kind of idea where people met at a supermarket, all
listening to the instructions on the radio and theatrically demonstrated a
number of problems with the establishment and it's products. A festival in a
suburb of Hamburg which syphoned off people for a walk-on to the building site
of a new coal-fired power plant called Moorburg. And a political tour of Hamburg.

Thursday: Anti-Deportation Action day,
with a bike and a walking demonstration
to 4 different buildings connected
with deportations, beginning with the
Auslaenderbehoerder.
Friday: "Flooding", a mass blockade
of Hamburg's airport, where many
asylum seekers are deported from.
Outside the airport, there was a rally and
demonstration, which walked towards the airport and rallied in a car park for a
number of hours. There was a RTS (Reclaim the Street) that was dispersed by
police before it reached the airport, and a number of spontaneous blockades.
Inside the airport, there were lots of decentralised actions including theatre,
shouting slogans and hanging banners.

Saturday: A mass action intended to blockade the building site at Moorburg.
Unfortunately it was raining heavily and the police presence was high. Though
crew rallied outside for a number of hours and tried to get inside, they were
unable.

There was also heavy police force used on a number of people who returned to the
airport to reproduce Friday's actions. The number of actions and their scope was
truly inspiring.
Back at the camp, there were a couple issues that arose. Language barriers were
persistent, hindering people's full participation. Things did improve, but
sometimes translation was still lacking. Sexism also was an issue, with an
incident that raised the issues of sexism and patriarchy into both the camp, and
its place in Climate Camp politics.
A 1 ½ hour workshop was given about Australia's Climate Camp with 15-20
participants.
People were really interested about the movement, and inspired in the knowledge
that we are a strong global movement.

For photos and more information (mostly in German I'm afraid!) see:
http://de.indymedia.org, http://camp08.antira.info or http://klimacamp08.net
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