Image above: March 24, 2020. Shaheen Bagh India.
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March 25, 2020 Hambacher Forest: Only 1 day after the first protest site in the world: Shaheen Bagh (taking a stand against nationalist Modi CAA Citizenship Law in New Delphi) was surrounded by riot cops and bulldozed citing the Corona outbreak, only one day after, the wheels seem to be in motion to go in the same direction in NRW as Hambi was visited by a pro-RWE-Climate-Killing-Coal Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger journalist working on an article titled “Hambach Forest and Corona”. At the time there are no cases of Corona in the Forest and there were only 400 recorded cases in India when Shaheen Bagh was evicted.
Originally published by Hambi Bleibt.
The long disgusting populist and totalitarian tradition of equating with disease and vermin that needs to be sanitized and cleansed all those who dare to differ, resist and often just happen to be the “others” continues: while Orange Mussolini Trump calls Covid-19 a “A Chinese Virus” as acts of racist physical violence against those of Asian descent multiply world-wide. The ugly history of fear mongering continues as in the time of bubonic plague when Europe was swept by antisemitic pogroms resulting from rumors that the Jews have been poisoning the public wells, while Italian sailors, not the fleas, were also seen as spreaders of the Black Death and attacked.
Now in 2020, the channels of hate and manipulation have been digitized and are reaching more than ever before, the methods however have stayed the same. Instead of the angry mob we now have Reul and Laschet, RWE lapdogs, with their AFD allies for years having in unison been calling for cleansing of the forest (which at they so wanted to destroy and did destroy 90% of it), from the leftist radical scum. They already showed themselves not being very interested in global health and environmental crisis by responding to global climate emergency instead with 40 billion for RWE and friends in the fiasco of the german coal exit and on top responding to catastrophe killing and affecting millions with largest police action in history of NRW; a 70+ million euro plus eviction of Hambacher Forest in 2018.
For those corporate disaster fetishists and profiteers Corona is just an opportunity that can not be ignored, it is a bargain not having to spend 60,000 euro on a bogus legal opinion for another eviction of this time Treehouses, Meadow(Most likely – RWE needs that CO2al underneath), Mahnwahe, or Hambi Camp(take your pick) and having the Danger Zone that included just Hambach Forest during last eviction now expended to whole of Germany is very convenient to keep number of supporters away and attention turned towards the shelves with toilet paper. And this time instead of billions its trillions for the heavy industries. What a deal!
Press conglomerates partially owned by RWE interests again playing their part in the “art” of PR, damage control and redirection and public opinion manipulation at the call of their corporate masters. Neo-liberal, media hacks not asking any important question, like climate and environmental instability amplifying all disasters and hotspots of corona in both italy and germany being the most industrialized and polluted regions in the country, etc, etc. Instead the Press the 5th column of Disaster Capitalism is staying busy distracting the populace from how decades of austerity and run-away capitalism have left the European “welfare states” and most of the global north with more focus on giving large corporations like RWE free hand-outs of billions and now using this emergency to give away trillions, to pollute, destroy and gentrify with full governmental protection of tanks, helicopters and police batons while concern for healthcare,culture, and welfare of the populace and that of ecosystems and other species is nothing more than an empty election-year promise. Now we are in the middle of a new crisis while the “last one” continues to only get worse while receding from public attention and once again the routine operation to solve the “problem” is by inaction for as long as possible and then by going after a list of usual suspects, scape-goats, anarchists, minorities and activists to blame for the disaster. Lets see if the tons of pages and gigabytes of data filled with lies and disinformation can put out this global trash fire of idiocy, incompetence and power-grabbing or whether like always it will just end up feeding the blaze.
The capitalist for profit press is also not likely to point out that the 40+ billion from the Coal Commission to RWE and others as a reward for and incentive to continue to destroy the climate have now become the standard profiteering Keynesian response to any crisis: ignore and suppressing the underlying issues for as long as possible, enlarging the power of the state and enriching the industrial interests, and in ignoring the social and ecological issues the States continue creeping closer and closer to a dystopian Fascist state model. That is why initiatives offering alternatives, front-line struggles and endangered communities and ecosystems are such a risk to this agenda and either have to be co-opted and or destroyed.
Profit and control above everything: this time instead of Climate Crisis its the Covid 19 and the agenda continues of having environment destroying industries: airlines, banking, car manufacturing, and a long list of other not so Eco and socially friendly sectors of the economy receiving largest emergency subsidies in global history. Using the time of emergency to postpone any possibility of transition and decarbonization in the next 10 years that is left before reaching the 2 degrees centigrade run away point pushes the planet in viscous feedback loops with the ensuing habitat destruction leading to unprecedented global instability and most likely to even more deadly pandemics and wide instability. Each emergency and crisis instead of solutions becomes instead another get-rich-quick scheme opportunity on a dying planet. Once it is the largest conglomerates and the economy that are becoming “The Patient 0” and receiving most assistance and treatment. This is happening as hospitals lack protective gear equipment and in many countries including Germany authorities are responding by hiring more security guards not medical personnel and the homeless are rounded up from open spaces and detained instead in confined group accommodations optimal for viral spread.
As new laws not for climate justice and healthcare but instead for new emergency police powers are passed it is once again capitalism that reveals itself more and more to be the virus destroying its only host, the planet we all call home: Earth.
So Reuls, Laschets and AFDs of this Planet enjoy your Spreading-the-Virus-of-Capitalism-Corona-Party as you are about to send in your shock troops and goons once again to make sure gigatones of RWE coal can go up in smoke destroying all hope for the stable future. Your “Its the end of the world, and I feel fine” celebration is bound to be the shortest one ever, with record breaking hurricanes, floods, global fires, pandemics, and droughts coming as your invited guests whose record breaking sizes and duration could only be compared to the growth of yours and your corporate master’s bank accounts. Just remember it will never be forgotten nor forgiven that it is you not us(the people and The Planet) who is responsible. This responsibility is also shared by Kölner Stadt-Anzeigers of this world laying the ground work for this disaster profiteering and corona capitalism, spreading fear and disinformation and justifying constant waves of state violence not just against activists in Hambi but agains a long list of social, ethnic and political actors. This is something that can never be forgotten even if the everyday reminder for future generation will be nothing more than a daily reality of ever deepening instability, hunger, disaster and disease. Instead of “Business As Usual” it becoming a Constant State of Disaster As Usual.
You can not just #StayAtHome when the security of that very home is compromised in every way imaginable by those in power. Would it not be a happier, safer and for-filling for all species world if the miners and the police stayed at home quarantining their toxic masculinity, cooking, reading a book and planting a garden instead of mining deadly coal and chasing, beating and arresting activists in the forests?
LIVING WAGE FOR ALL!!! CLIMATE AND HEALTH INSECURITY FOR NO-ONE!!!
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