First letter written by Hambi Bleibt activist Winter, imprisoned since September 15, 2018.
Originally published by ABC Rhineland.
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You lock us up and punish us, because we think and act independently, and decide ourselves, what is right and what isn’t. This is what makes us human: Ethics, autonomy, independence, empathy, thoughts about justice for the future, our unity of body, soul, and spirit.
With all of these abilities come a very special responsibility, and you want that I throw this responsibility to the site, and act ruthlessly and egoistic?
You want that I close my eyes and ears?
An empty case, a robot, that only follows orders?
This I can’t do.
How can you demand, that I deny my humanity, or subordinate myself to the profit-motive of a single company, or power-hungry politicians?
How can you demand, that I should act as if tomorrow didn’t matter, even though everything in our system is based on a future?
Otherwise, what is insurance, wills, or pensions?
We are humans, and we know what “future” is. So how can you demand of me, to take part in the destruction of the livelihoods of ourselves and our children, to destroy my own future?
I haven’t always known this, but we need the forest so much. In regions far from the coast, no forest means too little rain. Without rain no agriculture, without agriculture there is too little food. And we can’t eat or drink lignite-coal.
You don’t want this to be true, for you it is only trees. You will first understand this, once it is too late.
You are telling me, that what I am doing is good, but that it is the wrong methods. That they are too extreme.
Hmm. How extreme is this eviction then?
As I was driven away from the forest, I could see the long line of police-cars, machines, eviction-tanks, etc. again. And I knew that it was just a fraction of these, that were inside the forest.
I almost had to laugh, that’s how ridiculous it was. Because I knew that we are winning, no matter how it ends. For you have nothing to fight for.
You call us extreme, because we are different, because we are consistent, because we defend what we believe in. Because we can’t stop, otherwise we would betray ourselves. We were sitting in the lock-on, could barely move. Could barely turn. We could only look at each other, share words of courage and consolation.
You came from all sides, slashed the roof over our heads, cut down the walls behind us. You have torn our lives apart.
And then you accuse us of violence?
Sometimes in the mornings I said thanks to Kontiki. For a wonderful restful night, for waking up in the right place, for the great feeling of safety and satisfaction, that it has given me.
I never knew: am I speaking with the tree-house or with the tree? It was a creature. A creature that carried something we built, a creature with which we lived together, dreamed together.
We were so anxious for the trees, when it wasn’t raining. We thought, at some point they will just fall to the ground, powerless. They were turning yellow, but they are so strong.
They had to go through so much. It is an injustice to pump out ground-water, it is such a huge injustice!
You were laughing, as we were screaming in panic, that you were bringing the life of our friend on the Skypod in danger. We were screaming and screaming, and you cut the rope.
Only the friction held it up. Who is committing the crimes?
We are making you afraid, because we don’t fit inside your schemes, because what we are fighting for isn’t power or money, but the love of life itself, the wild urge for freedom, and the rage towards those who want to take all of this away.
If I give you my identity, I will be let out of here. So probably a lot of you will say, it is my own fault that I am sitting here.
But my identity isn’t something written on a piece of paper.
My identity is that which makes me human, my essence, my soul, all that I have learned in this forest, all that the people there have showed me.
All of that, which I would lose, if I told you who I am. To reduce myself to these few words.
I will not use the unjust privilege of a German passport. I will stay in solidarity with those, who because of repression cannot give their identity.
I am a human and I fight for the preservation of this earth. Everything else is irrelevant.
Winter, September 24, 2018
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