Text concerning Hambach Forest (Germany)
The conflict against RWE at Hambacher forest has intensified with every
day since the beginning of this new year.
Many individuals embracing a diverse variety of tactics have been hard
at work bringing anarchic mischief to the mine.
Some elements of practical refusal from the occupiers of the forest
* The continuous barricading of the roads used by security and
construction vehicles, as well as structural damage to the bridges they
use with fire and pick axes.
*Tree-spiking and the placement of “potential improvised explosive
devices” in threatened areas of the forest, as well as more and more
barricades, platforms and tree-defenses deeper in the woods.
*The technological apparatus of RWE such as pumping stations,
radio-masts and electrical transformers being set aflame almost daily.
*Sabotage of coal-transporation infrastructure, such as short circuiting
the power lines running above the train tracks and burning of electrical
components alongside the railway.
*Numerous attacks with stones, slingshots, fireworks and molotov
cocktails against the mines security forces, either ambushed on their
patrols, or directly confronted at checkpoints. Many of these acts have
now been carried out in revenge for the attempted murder,
hospitalization and subsequent imprisonment of one comrade on the 21st
Of course this has not gone unnoticed by the cops, who have openly
acknowledged the area surrounding the mine as “outlaw territory”. For
over a week now, surveillance of the forest occupation has increased,
with helicopters hovering above for some time almost every day, and
sending groups of cops in riot armor into the forest. They also make many
attempts to ID-control people who are coming to the forest from the train
It should go without saying that we will not be intimidated by the
presence of some vans of cops, skirting fearfully around the woods.
Every time, the helicopter has been greeted routinely with fireworks,
and one cop car which ventured a little too deep into the autonomous
zone was smashed up, as was the vehicle sent to retrieve it.
Day and night, we lay in the woods, watching, waiting, ready to strike
at any moment, and should you imprison or strike down any one of us, as
you now well know, there will be consequences, here in Germany, or
anywhere else in the world where RWE spreads its sickening tentacles.
It is now of importance to address that of course RWE is not just
responsible for opencast lignite mining and deforestation in the
Rheinland in Germany, RWE, its subsidiaries and accomplices are to be
found everywhere. Their projects, their offices, their cars, their
machinery, our targets, are to be found everywhere.
They are responsible for the running of coal mining operations
worldwide, such as the collaboration with Hrvatska Elektroprivreda to
run the Plomin coal-fired power station in Croatia, the lignite and
gas-fired Mátra Power Plant in Hungary, where RWE is the 2nd largest
competitor in the national electricity market, with shares in the
ELMŐ/ÉMÁSZGroup, FİGÁZ and TIGÁZ. They also seek to expand the
development of the coal industry in the Asia-Pacific region with offices
opened in Singapore, and operations based out of their offices on the
22nd floor of The Plaza Office Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia.
RWE also makes a killing (literally) from its part played in the
increased development of the atomic menace, running and servicing
nuclear power stations across the world, with the collaboration of the
Technical Association of Large Power Plant Operators and VGB Power Tech.
And what would RWE be, without its contributions to the industry of
hydraulic fracturing and the construction of gas-fired powerplants such
as the CCGT power plant in Denizli, Turkey, with the aid of Turcas
Petrol and Metka, or increased oil and gas exploration in Poland, under
the banner of RWE east, whose central offices are located at Limuzská
12/3135, 100 98 Prague 10, Strasnice, Czech Republic.
RWE Innogy, the subsidiary complicit in the farce of greenwashing
industrialism, which boasts of “renewable” or “sustainable” energy
operations. With this approach, RWE feeds the insatiable hunger of the
industrial leviathan and at the same time satisfies the manufactured
needs of those “benevolent” and “conscious” consumers, so that they too
may spend all their lives in the glow of artificial light, with dead
eyes staring blankly into screens, as they attempt to distance
themselves from the harsh realities of the mechanised and systemic
dominion that they depend on and contribute to, whilst at the same time
sacrificing themselves upon the altar of the “green economy”.
With biomass power plants, solar, wind and hydro farms – all highly
dependent on the same ecocidal methods used in their production,
operation and maintenance, such as the extraction of rare minerals for
circuitry and other sophisticated technologies and the burning of
immense amounts of fossil fuels just to keep them in working order and
fully integrated into the electrical grid – in Belgium, the Netherlands,
France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland the USA, and many other
countries (which are listed conveniently on their website, along with
the locations of their offices and so on).
RWE are also working together with Siemens to build virtual power
plants… “What the fuck is a virtual power plant” you ask?
According to RWEs web page “A virtual power plant is a link-up of small,
distributed power stations, like wind farms, CHP units, photovoltaic
systems, small hydropower plants and biogas units, but also of loads
that can be switched off, in order to form an integrated network. The
plants are controlled from one central control room.”
With this, Siemens and RWE seek to create an interconnected, easily
controllable and digitalized electrical grid, so that the functioning of
capitalism, and the smooth flow of profit and products can be managed
with ease, by some cabal of technocrats, plugged in, locked away,
working towards the total control and destruction and of the natural
environment which all life is dependant on.
In the words of Siemens-puppet Thomas Zimmermann: “With this
technologically leading system, RWE will be well equipped to meet the
challenges of an increasingly digitalised energy world.”
RWE is also making major contributions towards the approaching
technological singularity, which seeks to encompass all aspects of life
under one suffocating, automated, artificial reality. With the aid of
its research project “E-DeMa”, they are working on projects such as
“smart homes” and “smart meters”, so that each individual/familial
consumer-unit is completely integrated into the automated
Plugged in permanently one can use their “smart” phone to manage their
levels of electricity consumed, turn heating and lights on and off
whilst slaving away at some mindless job, simultaneously booking in
appointments and sending “emoticons” to their so-called “friends” on
disgracebook, ordering the latest automated vacuum cleaner to keep the
prison-home sterilized, all from the comfort of your place of
employment-imprisonment, working for digital money, to spend on mind
numbing drugs and healthcare, and the latest distraction, all kept safe
and secure under the surveillance of countless corporations, working
hand-in-glove to spy on, collect and database every aspect of your
life… all this for your security, all this in the name of convenience.
Of course this dystopian vision of the future offered by RWE and the
nerds of the techno-industrial system is only available for those those
eager to comply and bend themselves to the will of another, and those
privileged enough that the increased development of this technologically
driven society has not already landed them in prison or some distant
We conclude this text with a call out to all cells and chaotic
individualities tending towards the international anarchist offensive
against power, for the direct attack against RWE, its subsiduaries, its
partners such as Siemens and VGB Power Tech and their projects.
Our targets are everywhere. Opportunities present themselves everywhere.
From expensive, isolated and indefensible pieces of infrastructure on
the edges of the prison-cities, such as power lines, substations,
transformers, wind/solar/hydro farms and so on, which if destroyed will
all have a wide knock-on effect, to the densely packed clusters of
targets in cities, such as offices and groups of vehicles parked
outside, CCTV surveillance cameras, telekomm masts and electrical boxes
full of fibreoptic cables line the streets, begging to be sabotaged,
shattering the hold of civil normality for a time, perhaps long enough
that some will look away from their glowing screens and see the fire of
chaotic anarchy on the streets. With a little research, the homes of
the technocrats are uncovered, and their daily lives can be ruptured at
any moment, their ostentatious cars burning on their driveway, windows
shattering in the night.
With easily reproducible and simple methods elaborated in the numerous
communiques of anarchist action cells, such as the placement of a single
firelighter cube, or the indiscriminate application of bolt cutters,
crowbars, rocks, hammers and molotov cocktails, our targets are all too
Our targets are everywhere. Our tools are many, and the automatons of
order cannot be everywhere at once.
In solidarity with imprisoned warrior Fledermaus.
For international coordination and combative anarchy!
Translations are welcomed.
– Some anarchist
This entry was posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 7:56 pm and is filed under Eco Struggle.