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#HambacherForest: Winter and Jazzy imprisoned since Saturday

+++ Two people evicted from the Hambach Forest imprisoned +++ Arrest-video
becomes internet-sensation – Person now in custody jail +++ Accused not given
contact to lawyer for 3 days +++

Originally published by ABC Rhineland.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Cologne, 19. September 2018. For two weeks (The actual eviction started last week, but in the week before RWE and the cops started removing barricades, EIE) RWE, with the assistance of a large police-deployment from all over the country, has been evicting the Hambach Forest-occupation, near the city of Cologne. Since Sunday further two people are in custody jail. This means that all in all five activists are imprisoned in
custody jail.

The police arrested the two anarchists on Saturday. They are not officially
known by the police. They allegedly locked-on together in a tree-house, in the
occupation “The North”. The state prosecutor and the judge are accusing them
both of “Strong case of resistance towards enforcement officials
(Vollstreckungsbeamte)”, §113 Abs. 2 StGB.

The imprisoned activist Winter, became an internet-sensation, as a moving speech
directly after the arrested was shared on social media. “They are probably
thinking that they have won, but they can’t win, because they need the forest
just as much as we do. They also can’t win the fight, because so many people out
there stand behind us. And they just don’t understand, that we don’t fight for
just us, but for all of us,” said Winter at the arrest.

Landing in custody jail on the background of these allegations, is only possible
through the law-change of the “Penal code (StGB)” from the end of May 2017,
where the minimum sentence for “Resistance against enforcement officials” was
raised to 6 months. Furthermore, there was the decision by the Higher Regional
Stuttgart, in the context of the “Stuttgart 21 Protests”, in which locking-on
“in anticipation of police-deployment” was valued as equal to “violent
resistance”. Both of these are sharpenings of the law, that particularly are
directed towards leftist activists.

For three days the accused were not given the possibilty of contact with their
lawyer – also in front of the judge & magistrate. Jazzy said, that she
throguhout the days clearly had demanded to see her lawyer, and stuck to her
right to legal defense.

In her speech, Winter talked about not identifying yourself: “They will never
understand, how it is to live with people, for whom it doesn’t matter what your
name is.”

The Anarchist Black Cross, in its role as prisoner-support, gives the advice:
“No person must assist in their own legal prosecution. On this question we point
to §136 StPO, which gives the elementary right not to give your identity, even
though this is often misused or forgotten in trials. We are asking all people
close to the imprisoned people, to accept and support the wish of Winter.”
More information about the Hambacher Forst prisoners under: or on Twitter @xABC_rlx

2 thoughts on “#HambacherForest: Winter and Jazzy imprisoned since Saturday

  1. […] First letter written by Hambi Bleibt activist Winter, imprisoned since September 15, 2018. […]

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