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(en) Poland, rozbrat: Report from Ende Gelande Jackdaw [machine translation]

Date Tue, 6 Nov 2018 08:18:19 +0200

At a time when successive government and world reports indicate that only a dozen or so years left till climate change, more and more people get involved in the fight to protect our future. One of the forms that this struggle is taking is the recently emerging climate camps (also the Polish Climate Camp), as well as civic disobedience actions against coal policy. For several years, these actions include Ende Gelande (end of the road) taking place in various lignite mines (as the most soiled, and thus the most contributing to climate change). ---- This mobilization was of a special nature. It took place in the Ruhr area near the city of Cologne, where for 6 years activists have blocked the felling of the Hambach forest for the expansion of the mine of the same name. It is one of the last fragments of natural forest in Germany. At centuries-old oaks, they built houses on trees, and set up various barricades on the roads. This year, however, the authorities of RWE, to which the mine belongs, trying to accelerate with the investment, together with the police, started the largest and the most expensive evacuation of forest inhabitants in the history of post-war Germany. Thousands of people supporting the defenders or joining them were passing through the forest during it. The police consistently moved forward, but two more were created in place of each destroyed barricade. The death of an independent journalist was a tragic moment of the fight, which due to police actions fell from the height of 15 meters. By decision of the court, the cut was suspended for this year. In spite of this, the state authorities, together with RWE and the local police, are continuing to wage war with the defenders of the forest. They want to clear the forest from acywistów to the end, because they are the forces of leftist extremists, hostile to the German state and capitalism. Therefore, the motto of this year's Ende Gelande was "One struggle, one fight: Ende Gelande Hambi Bleibt" (one move, one fight: Ende Gelande, Hambi stays).

We have taken together a total of 8 people from Poznan for this protest. Our first stop on Thursday night was Berlin, where we had to meet other people from Poland, get on a special train, coming from Prague and carrying only 1000 activists going to the action. However, he already had a significant delay due to police checks on the Czech-German border. We arrived at Duren, which was our final station, at about 10 o'clock. From there, a common march was planned for a legal demonstration to the place of the camp. The police decided to prevent this and demanded to check the identity of every person who came by train. Nobody, of course, would agree to this. The case went to the administrative court, and in the meantime we organized a picnic, first on the platform and then in front of the station building. During this process, the police pulled out individual people and controlled them. One of the most expressive moments of this was when the services began singling out musicians from the brass band one by one, and those in the increasingly truncated band continued their song. Finally, after a few hours we received a decision from the court, which stated that the police activities are unjustified, but they are not illegal. Slowly, the crowd began to give in to control. Of course, no one made it easier. Most people had painted faces to make it difficult to take pictures. Some people did not have or buried identity cards, claiming that they are not with them. The use of fingerprints was also hindered by various techniques. This is currently a typical scheme of action in Germany, against downloading data and criminalizing movements,

Then we went to the camp, where we met more people from Poland, and numerous friends who, among others, took part in the Camp for Climate. After breaking the tents, we discussed our plans for action and we went to sleep, because we were all tired of the journey and a full-day cold sitting in front of the station.

On Saturday, a wake-up call 7 in the morning. We leave by 8 am. We have been assigned to the red finger (tactics of dividing the demonstration into smaller groups, each of which has its own separate purpose). Initially, we went as a legal demonstration. We got information that there are over 5,000 people (later, it turned out that 6,500), which went out to the action, and one of the fingers has already reached the mine and will try to occupation (failed, as time will show) which caused huge enthusiasm among participants . Although we had 10 km to go, this time was very nice among the shouted slogans and sung songs (the organizers have prepared many revisions of well-known hits to anti-carbon versions). When we approached a new highway (RWE rebuilt a part of the motorway, because it ran through the planned open-pit in the old version), for which the areas extended, which in the future were to be turned into a mine, and a coal railway - our path was blocked by the police. We were told we could not go any further and the only option is that they would escort us to a legal demonstration in Buir. After a short negotiation, we agreed to it. No more than 15 minutes after turning in this direction, virtually all of the demonstration (maybe 50 people) broke through the police cordon and ran towards the highway. The police did not take any measures to prevent this: a large amount of gas, water cannons, blindfolding (one person lost a tooth), beating, slicing or desperate football slides in the legs. There were cannons there, but the police forces were so weak that 1,000 people broke into the coal railroad and began to occupy it. It joined its forces with another finger and, consequently, there were 2,500 people. The rest, which could not be broken, returned to the camp. There were concerts and international integration there. All the night more groups joined or exchanged people on the tracks, while others dealt with supplying them with warm food, drink and clothing. Occupation at night looked very phenomenal, because most people slept under blankets. Police headlights were falling from the top of the embankments, from which they shone on gold, giving the illusion of a huge chocolate box filled with chocolates in small cubes. The place of occupation was very well chosen. On both sides there were high embankments with a very large angle of inclination, which meant that it was impossible to take someone out of them. Police attempts lost with gravity, that's why they gave up and only passively watched the development of accidents. Blocking the coal rail also immobilized the entire mine, because it was not possible to remove coal from it and deliver it to the power plant, which is why it caused very large losses of RWE.

On Sunday around noon, after nearly 24 hours, most people left the blockade to be able to return home. There were only 100 people left, who stuck to the tracks and continued the occupation. From the information we received, RWE substituted the train to help police officers take out the activists. Meanwhile, we packed up and together with a 1000-person demonstration we went on a return train to Berlin. This time, we were not disturbed by the police.

It is very pleasing that more and more people are involved in the fight against climate change and, despite their consequences, arrests and judgments, are fighting to have a planet fit for life for themselves and future generations. I only hope that Polish society will also stop being afraid of consequences such as losing a job or school by direct actions (a frequent argument I hear). And yet, if we lose the fight against climate change, there will be neither work nor school. May such actions also appear in Poland, where the situation is much worse. The Polish government negates climate change and consistently strives to create new mines and maintain coal as the main source of energy, stopping renewable sources, which already contributes to rising energy prices, not to mention the impact on our health.

Engage in climatic activities, create a movement, do actions, support existing initiatives like the Climate Camp. We are unstoppable, which is why another world is still possible.

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