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Every Tree Counts: Solidarity with Rojava!

Solidarity statement by the Jeder Baum Zählt (Every Tree Counts) forest occupation in the Osterholz forest in Wuppertal (German territory) about the Turkish invasion in Rojava and the connection to the owner of the occupied forest.

Originally published by Jeder Baum Zählt. Translated by Enough 14.

Seven years ago, the people of Rojava freed themselves from the dictatorship of the Assad regime. Since then, much has changed in the areas of the democratic federation of Northern and Eastern Syria. The people there organise their self-government in councils, municipalities and cooperatives. An alternative social model based on three basic principles has emerged: Women’s liberation, ecology and radical democracy. In an open letter Fridays For Future Rojava wrote: “In the last 7 years grassroots, self-governing and ecological projects have emerged everywhere: Neighbourhood councils – women’s shelters – educational academies – an alternative, free school system – economic and agricultural cooperatives and much more. All areas of life are being reorganized from the bottom.” This is exactly what is bothering the Turkish government.

On October 9, the Erdogan regime started a war against the alternative society model in Rojava and against the people who live there. “Make Rojava Green again” wrote in a statement: “The war has many sides: We are also experiencing a war against nature. The Turkish state is destroying people’s ecological livelihoods by burning forests, damming rivers and polluting soils with chemical weapons and the use of depleted radio active ammunition. For years the Turkish state has been trying to break the resistance in Kurdistan and destroy the revolution in Rojava. It never succeeded. That is why the Turkish state is now attacking even more vehemently and directly and wants to invade the whole of Rojava. The war that started is the continuation of decades of fascist politics and oppression”. This happens partly with weapons from German corporations. Since many years the Turkish military is supplied with weapons of the German arms industry. Again and again you can see on videos how Kurdish villages are attacked with “Made in Germany” tanks. The Leopard 2 tanks are manufactured by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMW). The main weapon of the tank is the smooth-bore weapon system developed by Rheinmetall. Rheinmetall also supplies the ammunition, fire control system and command system for the Leopard 2.

One of the German arms companies which supplies weapons to Turkey is Thyssen Krupp. Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is allowed to continue to supply components for six submarines to Turkey by the German government. In June 2016 the Bremen public prosecutor’s office searched ThyssenKrupp’s headquarters in Essen. Specifically it was about the suspicion that the Bremen defence company Atlas Elektronik, at that time still a joint venture of Thyssen Krupp and Airbus (today Atlas Elektronik belongs 100% to ThyssenKrupp), could have bribed Turkish military personnel between 1998 and 2014 in an attempt to obtain contracts. In the end, Atlas Elektronik got away with a fine of 48 million euros. Thyssenkrupp also supplies naval ships to the Egyptian military dictatorship. Business with death is going well, although Thyssenkrupp is in trouble, the arms division of the group is doing well.

Since August 15th we have occupied parts of the Osterholz forest at the city border of Wuppertal and Haan. Limestone mine operator Oetelshofen wants to clear 5 hectares of forest to store their waste. These so-called “unusable materials”, or as we call it: “waste”, are produced when lime is extracted from the Osterholz limestone quarry. RWE and ThyssenKrupp are among the largest buyers of Oetelshofen’s lime. The two managing directors of Oetelshofen, Jörg and Moritz Iseke, do not seem to be bothered by business connections with the environmental destroyer RWE and arms manufacturer ThyssenKrupp. That’s not really surprising either. Oetelshofen also plans to destroy the habitat of many animals, trees and other plants by clearing the forest. They sell themselves as animal-loving and nature-loving. According to Oetelshofen, the destruction of 5 hectares of forest is financially the most beneficial. How does this fit together?

We call on you to join the #RiseUp4Rojava campaign and to take the streets in solidarity with the people of Rojava.

Not the revolution in Rojava, but arms companies are to be smashed!

German weapons out of Rojava!

Rojava stays!

Osterholz Stays!

Jeder Baum Zählt (Every Tree Counts), October 15, 2019


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Hoodie Unisex (Black) “Jeder Baum Zählt” (Every Tree Counts). The profits of this t-shirt will be donated to the Jeder Baum Zählt forest occupation. Jeder Baum Zählt fights against the deforestation of the Osterholz forest in Wuppertal (German territory). Click at image below.

Tshirt Unisex (Black) “Jeder Baum Zählt” (Every Tree Counts). The profits of this t-shirt will be donated to the Jeder Baum Zählt forest occupation. Jeder Baum Zählt fights against the deforestation of the Osterholz forest in Wuppertal (German territory).

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