Ende Gelände blockades ‘fossil capitalism’

Local weather justice activists allege there have been new ranges of police brutality on the newest Ende Gelände motion in Hamburg, Germany.

Activists focused fossil gasoline infrastructure and the Yara chemical fertilizer plant in Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein to combat towards local weather injustice.

The Port of Hamburg was dropped at a standstill on the 13 August 2022 and there was extreme financial disruption for days between the 11 and 14 August.

Decommissioned

Activists occupied the development web site for the deliberate liquefied pure gasoline terminal in Wilhelmshaven, Decrease Saxony. And blockaded the railway traces and bridges used to import and course of fossil gasoline, oil and coal.

Since 2015, Ende Gelände has predominantly focused brown coal in Germany which together with different teams just like the Hambacher Forest occupation succeeded in pushing for a coal phase-out in Germany.

Nevertheless the brand new Social Democrat and Inexperienced Social gathering coalition authorities have made clear that they intend to observe the British Authorities’s sprint for gasoline.

The initiative led by the Inexperienced Social gathering intends to construct twelve liquefied pure gasoline terminals within the Hamburg space and have them operated by power corporations till 2043.

Just like the UK the German authorities is utilizing the warfare in Ukraine as a pretext to double down on fossil gas consumption together with ramping up fossil gasoline imports and probably re-opening decommissioned coal energy stations.

Justice

Ende Gelände drew consideration to the lie that fossil gasoline is a ‘transition gas’ or is ‘inexperienced’ in exhibiting that gasoline remains to be an enormous contributor to local weather change in its launch of methane, a gasoline that has a a lot bigger impact on local weather change than CO2.

Activists argued that power safety can be higher discovered with home renewables and that the rise in home power payments is a disaster of capitalist distribution. Whereas the fossil gas business receives billions in subsidies thousands and thousands of individuals can be plunged into gas poverty this winter.

Ende Gelände additionally drew consideration to the financial neo-colonial facet of massively elevated gasoline imports. In rising gasoline imports whereas additionally ceasing to depend on Russian gasoline, Germany will more and more depend on fracked gasoline from North America and gasoline from Latin America and Africa at large price to the individuals affected by it.

Many ecological activists within the World South preventing towards extraction have been murdered and severely repressed in a colonial capitalist system that the German authorities is complicit in.

Ende Gelände labored intently with anti-colonial and racial justice teams to advocate for motion towards gasoline in solidarity with the worldwide south.

Kettle

Round 3,000 individuals attended the camp – the primary giant scale Ende Gelände motion camp since 2019. Though there have been two mobilisations since 2019, due to covid there was no mass camp until this yr. The regional authorities made a number of makes an attempt to ban the camp however they have been overruled twice in court docket.

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