Wuppertal-Vohwinkel/Haan-Gruiten. German territory. On Wednesday, February 19, we worked on an invitation text for a party on February 29. We wanted to celebrate the end of the logging season and thus the preservation of the Osterholz forest until at least 01.10.2020. But while we were writing, the first news from Hanau came in. We stopped writing. We didn’t feel like celebrating anymore!
Originally published by Jeder Baum Zählt (Every Tree Counts). Translated by Enough 14.
We remembered the words of French comrades who wrote in a call for March 14 (2020): “Let us say it clearly, the future will be either fascist or revolutionary. Capitalism is tightening its control over people in order to generate more and more short-term profit at the expense of our life and our planet”.
True words. This fascist attack came as no surprise. Mölln, Solingen, the NSU, Lübcke, Halle and now Hanau. But the list is far from complete. Racist violence has long since arrived in everyday life.
Not only the AFD, but also politicians like NRW’s state Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul stir up hatred against migrants with their agitation against what they call “clan crime”. Reul had himself filmed last year while hundreds of cops searched shisha bars in Dortmund. Nothing relevant was found. Reul was in Dortmund and enthusiastic. At the same time, Nazis from Dortmund marched through the city and were only accompanied by a few patrol cops. The rest of the Dortmund cops were on their way for Reul’s racist PR show.
The racist EU border policy, decisively developed by SPD/CDU and CSU, has already caused tens of thousands of deaths in the Mediterranean. The racist “normal state” of the “middle” is as deadly as the attack in Hanau.
Rage and grief after Hanau? Yes! But what do we do with it? Expressing disgust at demos will not be enough to stop increasing fascism, which reaches from the extreme right to the political “middle”.
We must fight racist policies consequently, no matter where it comes from. For this we must also free ourselves from the capitalist dead-end street. Because whether climate catastrophe or fascism, both are related to capitalism.
Let us take the struggle against fascism, climate catastrophe and, for the reasons mentioned above, capitalism in general, to a new level in the coming months. Out of the comfort zone, into a determined struggle for life!
As the French comrades wrote in their call for March 14: ” As the metropolises of the world turn into Gotham City, full of corrupt politicians, corrupt cops and vendors of empty promises, nature is burning, species are dying, the soil and air are becoming increasingly contaminated, and the future we leave to our children will be simply uninhabitable if we let it happen.
It is time for a historic turning point. We do not want a future determined by profitability and oppression. It is time to strike back with all our power, to turn the tables and make an impressive rendezvous. “
Neither the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and sexism, nor the climate struggle, is decided exclusively by demos. Let’s start, there is much to do.
We invite you all to come to the forest on February 29. From 14:00 (02:00m) we want to discuss with you about the above mentioned topics. We also want to talk to you at the end of the logging season about how the fight for the preservation of the Osterholz forest and the occupation can continue.
Start at 14:00 (02:00pm)
Occupation in the Osterholz Forest (Wuppertal-Vohwinkel/Haan-Gruiten city limits)
You can find the occupation here:
Feel free to bring drinks and snacks that you would like to share.
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