Khimki victory: Maxim Solopov released!

Tord Björk | Action,Environmental movements,International action,Repression,Russia | Monday, October 18th, 2010

Maxim Solopov

Moscow and antifascist accused of actions in connection with the Khimki forest conflict is great news. Now we have one more possibility for historic victories against repression this year after the sentences stating that two spokespersons for Climate Justice Action in Copenhagen were not guilty. In both conflicts problems still remain. We have still not seen the end of the trials in Denmark and some 200 people were detained or interogated by the police in the repression wave after the Khimki conflict escalated. Gaskarov is still detained.

In both cases is neither the high way through the Khimki forest conflict or the much harder issue climate justice solved. But there is the possibility that some kind of repression in connection with summits as well as local environmental conflicts have reached a stage were the authorities cannot go to far. In the Russian case due to an extraordinary commitment from very different domestic actors to unite in solidarity against the repression, in the case of Denmark and the climate summit there was rather a lack of solidarity among domestic actors but the juridical system could not accept the extremist views put forward by the police which actually had backing from much of the political parties. The Danish state imploded when trying to combine the extremist authoritarian measures by the police and traditional Western juridical arguments.

In both cases international solidarity was helpful. Here both social forums and the climate justice movement have done very well. We may think we are small sometimes, and facing the present social and ecological crisis this feeling can be seen as justified. But we should keep in mind that also if we see ourselves with these eyes there are times when solidarity can arise. It is important ahead of COP-16 in Cancun and the future of local social and environmental conflicts what have happened in the struggle against repression this year. To me it is especially inspiring how Russian movements have been able to cooperate. They have been an example for the rest of the world. May we be able to follow their example and unite in solidarity across different ideologies whenever it is necessary to stop repression.

Thankyou everyone that contributed to the victories.

Tord Björk

Maxim Solopov released – English press-release (fast translation)

Khimki town court ruled to release Maxim Solopov from the arrest
Press release of the campaign for the release of Khimki hostages
October 18, 2010

Khimki town court has ruled to change the pre-trial restriction for Maxim
Solopov from arrest to a written pledge not to leave town. The court
lasted from 11 am to 4 pm today, October 18, with a three-hour break for
preparation of the court ruling. Judge Svetlana Galanova has ruled to
release Maxim Solopov from the arrest immediately in the court room.
Maxim was released in echange for the guarantees provided by Lev
Ponomaryov, executive director of movement «For Human Rights», human
rights activists  Sergey Kovalyov and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, State Duma
deputies Ilya Ponomaryov and Oleg Shein, as well as Maxim’s university
professors Galina Yershova, Dmitry Belyaev and Yekaterina Di Santo.
Human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov and profesor Yekaterina Di Santo were
present at the court hearings.

Yekaterina DiSanto testified in court for Maxim and told during the court
hearing that it is necessary to release Maxim in order for him to continue
his studies and pursue his career as a researcher. She told the court that
Maxim is «a very talented person, a good student and I’m glad that besides
that he is also an antifascist».

The prosecutors have presented to the court the same reasons for Maxim’s
arrest as before, which were not valid for ruling in favor of the renewal
of the arrest. The only new arguments provided by the investigator
Yermilov were the testimonies of some witness, which supposedly
incriminated Solopov, the photos which showed a person in black mask, who
was supposedly Solopov, and the document provided by the Federal Security
Service (FSB),that read that Maxim was detained on numerous occasions
during «illegal» manifestations. When asked how can you recognize Solopov
on these photos, Yermilov couldn’t provide any proof for his statements.
Maxim spoke in court and demanded that his own testimonies are considered
by the judges, including his statement that he was «taken as a hostage by
the unprofessionalism of the law enforcement agencies».

The testimonies provided by the investigators were proven wrong by the
defense — Maxim’s lawyer Yury Yeronin and human rights activist Lev
Ponomaryov. The latter indicated that during this court procedure not the
guilt of the suspect was to be established, but only the form of pre-trial
restriction was to be chosen. He also said that the procurator’s office
was currently checking the legality of the fact that Maxim was
interrogated in the absence of the lawyer and that he was subjected to
pressure by the investigators.

The court has considered the arguments of the defense and ruled to release
Maxim Solopov from the arrest.

«Everything that happened recently was considered. Both the wide social
support, the guarantees provided to the court, the speeches in court were
taken into account. This valuable result was possible due to all the
things that we did», said Lev Ponomaryov following the court ruling.
As part of the days of action, initiated by the Campaign for the release
of Khimki hostages, solidarity actions were held in 35 cities in 12
countries. Khimki town court and other administrative bodies in Russia
received hundreds of letters of protest from around the world, which
demanded to release the Khimki hostages and to stop the campaign of
falsification of evidence against them. This was partly due to the fact
that Alexey and Maxim are well known social activists, but also due to the
fact that the investigators used illegal methods when trying to get
evidence, including mass arrests of young people and torture. The
protocols of Maxim’s and Alexey’s detention were also falsified.
On October 15 Moscow regional court has annulled the previous decision of
Khimki town court for the prolongation of the arrest of another arrested
in the Khimki case, Alexey Gaskarov. His arrest is to be reconsidered by
the Khimki court some time before October 27.

http://khimkibattle.org

A video tribute to tree huggers 1730, 1971 and 2010 Bishnoi, Stockholm, Khimki and Stuttgart

Tord Björk | civil disobedience,Uncategorized | Monday, October 4th, 2010

2010 we see the outburst of tree hugging activism to protect a forest close to Moscow and a park in Stuttgart against large scale infrastructure projects. Both cases have seen heavy repression and wide spread support challenging the development model and those in power.

They have their roots in strong commitments to protect trees all over the world in old times and from the very beginning of environmental activism in the 1970s. The Chipko movement in India that inspired people all over the world started among Himalayan women in 1973 and sees its roots in the acts of Bishnoi women in 1730. One of the first confrontational environmentalism was the Elms battle in Stockholm 1971. With success the action protected the trees with mass civil disobedience forcing the police to withdraw and the politicians to change their minds and decision.

As a tribute to all tree huggers here is videos on the four tree hugging movements are collected:

The Chipko movement starting in the 1970s, its inspiration from the Bishnoi women martyrs 1730 and its Southern Indian counterpart the Appiko movement: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=2014

The Elms battle in Stockholm 1971 when some thousand activists stopped the ongoing felling of the trees and being celebrated by 250 000 visiting supporters during the continued occupation of the trees until the politicians changed their decision: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=2072

The Khimki battle during the end of this decade have seen the same mobilization methods as in Western Europe but have met heavy repression against journalists challenging the corruption behind the motor way project through a forest close to Moscow. Above are people with right wing extremist symbols on their clothes attacking the environmental camp in July 2010. A collection of videos you find here: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1757
A video on the situation now:
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1967
The press release about the founding of the Coalition ”For the forest near Moscow”:
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1954
The call for international solidarity actions in many languages and mcuh other material at the campaign website: www.khimkibattle.org

A longer article with links on the subject: ”Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists” at http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

The struggle against the development project Stuttgart 21 have escalated and caused mass demonstrations with larger and larger number of partcipants, with 100 000 partcipants according to organizers as well as mass civil disobedience actins under heavy attack by the police. A collection of videos you find here: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1999

Call out for solidarity: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=2089The situation by Hanno Böck: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1990

One of the tree huggers in 1971 on her way to win the battle

Khimki battle solidarity campaign continues

Tord Björk | Action,Environmental movements,International action,Repression,Russia | Monday, September 27th, 2010

Today the court in Khimki decided to prolong the police custody for Alexei Gaskarov for another two months accused of organizing an action against the Khimki town hall for protection of the Khimki forest. Tomorrow the court will decide about the fate of Maxim Solopov facing the same charges. Thus the campaign for Freedom for Gaskarov continues. The protests in Russia and internationally have been wide spread in 32 cities in 12 countries. Here you find a video message by th publisher of this blog which was sent on request to Moscow, the video is made by Marwin Wettlestam Palm and Victor Sjöfors:

The campaign has received wide spread support a group of 50 well-known Russian public figures and human rights activists. They addressed an open letter to the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. They call on him to secure the release of the Khimki hostages, Alexei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov, and to investigate the numerous violations of Russian laws and human rights committed by local authorities and law enforcement agencies against antifascists, social activists, and journalists during their investigation:

http://khimkibattle.org/?p=914&lang=en

Read more about the international campaign at: http://chtodelat.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/international-solidarity-with-the-khimki-hostages-the-campaign-continues and more about the lack of evidence and the odd idea that the accused have to prove he is not guilty: http://chtodelat.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/khimki-the-town-where-youre-guilty-until-proven-innocent/

Khimki Battle videos

Some videos first giving a general back ground to the conflict and then videos from different occasions during the course of events in the Khimki Battle. The original text describing the video at the Youtube web site is in italics. When the original text is in Russian it is translated rudimentary with the help of google translate. Some of the videos especially about the general back ground is in english, most videos on the day by day course of events in Russian.

General back ground:

December 10, 2009

A good starter is this main stream TV program made by the Russian media channel RT (www.rt.com). It describes well the Khimki forest with nice pictures and then the director of Greenpeace Russia in the studio explains for the journalist why it is in need of protection and what is wrong with Russian protection of forests, in English. “Khimki Wood or highway, Money or Nature!”

July 29, 2010

“Protest’s to Save Forest” – A good general picture of the conflict is given by this Al Jazeera news made by a reporter that goes out into the forest and covers the course of events in English broadly July 29.

Russian environmentalists armed with fireworks and molotov cocktails have a stormed a town hall building near Moscow, the capital. They trying to stop the destruction of the Khimki forest, one of the last natural woodlands on the edge of the city. The area is in the path of a proposed highway, an eight billion dollar project connecting Moscow to Saint Petersburg. And environmentalists have accused “hired thugs” of trying to evict them from the forest. Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports.

August 1, 2010
General about the conflict early August, AFPTV, Agence France press TV (in Russian), the describing text in English: Russian demonstrators have hurled smoke bombs and smashed windows in a rare violent protest against the building of a road through a forest outside Moscow. Dozens of local residents, environmentalists and anarchists have been gathering in recent days to save the Khimki forest, highlighting a growing trend for Russians to demonstrate about civic issues. A natural sound version of an AFPTV report:

You have to go to the youtube web site to see this as embedding is not allowed by AFPTV.

Course of events in the Khimki battle:

November 24 2009

Music video : Khimki district was the most green area of Moscow region before the arrival of the current administration. Portraying the Khimki mayor and the protests.

Video message to the president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. The leader of the Movement for the Defence of Khimki forest Eugene Chirikov demanding the resignation of the government Vladimir Putin. On Web sites, and http://ecmo.ru http://ecmoru.livejournal.com activists also issued a detailed appeal to the President, which called the Putin government the main obstacle to development and modernization of Russia. Also November 24, 2009.

December 14, 2009

Appeal to participants at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen

This early video from December 14 starts with some photos from the Khimki forest in the winter and than a longer interview in Russian with Environmental movement spokes person Chirikova in Russian. It shows the sincerity behind the protest and the will to reach out with arguments in spite of lack of technical know how in making videos.

http://ecmo.ru, http://ecmoru.livejournal.com: OPEN LETTER TO participants of the Copenhagen Climate Summit FROM Save Khimki Forest Movement (Russia). “We kindly ask participants of the Copenhagen Climate Summit to take an appeal to EBRD, EIB and the Vinci Company asking them to stop financial support for the Moscow St. Petersburg motorway project in its present state (i.e., through the Khimki Forest Park)”.

February 26, 2010

Reporter Irina Yassin, rian.ru in its author’s program “The ABC of change” is trying to solve the riddle: Why fee route Moscow-St Petersburg is designed so that logging in Khimki, it must make a strange detour in the direction of the Khimki woods? Who benefits from destroying the forest and why? Details and collecting signatures for the forest: www.ecmo.ru, http://ecmoru.livejournal.com.

May 6

Confronting exploiters in the forest, Moscow Region, Khimki forest. The preparation for the construction of road Moscow-Petersburg. Shooting Dmitry Zykov for www.grani-tv.ru

May 29

Shevchuk asks questions Putin on freedom of speech,
and the March of Dissent. ! From the video cut out a small piece Full video of the meeting: http://premier.gov.ru/visits/ru/10771 …

July 7

Environmental action in the forest, Chirikova confronts men in suit and old woman continius the graffiti struggle, In Russian – Moscow region, Khimki.The rally and march against the felling of oak Left Bank for the construction of luxury housing. Shooting Dmitry Zykov for www.grani-tv.ru

July 15

SvobodaRadio | July 15, 2010
Environmentalists report that started clearing forests Khimki from Sheremetyevo. Leader Ekooborony Evgeny Chirikov, said in an interview with Radio Liberty that the trees were destroyed illegally and that the work was temporarily stopped due to the efforts of the assembled on-site logging community members.

July 19

Ecodefence in the forest trying to stop the cutting of trees

July 22

Environmentalists protecting the forest brought the petition to the Government. It is “adequate” replied .dopinfo – http://www.greenpeace.org/russia/ru/n … This is the video with by far most viewers, the rest of the videofiles have from 100 to 5000. This one in mid September more than 2.338.000. It is bad quality and not from the most conflictual action but clearly showing how the police are acting against the activists.

From the event reporter, and his eyes from the words of activists, advocates. Deforestation in the far section between Khimki and frontal to July 22 by the defenders stopped, a statement to the police to ask to examine the law and to require permits – has been sent. Technique with this site builders gradually exit. (Question: Where? Not to whether the opposite site of the same forest?)

Support solution to defense ecmo.ru site and on site Demokrator (issue 1403)! Gathering signatures for collective treatment August 1, 2010 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology. Draft treatment here: democrator.ru/problem/1403. As can be seen from the movie, are not only required the signature: provides results and more effective aid. However, the “longhorn” does not stand idle and also asked the police to protect them from the defenders of nature! See news from July 23 to say “Khimki forest. News text from this video: democrator.ru/news/280641.

July 23

Khimki woods July 23, 2010. The attack on environmentalists. Amateur video

Shooting made the morning of 23 July during the defeat of the tent camp ecologists who attempted to stop the illegal, from their point of view, the cutting of forests Khimki. SvobodaRadio

In Khimki forest is a clash of people in masks and anti-felling of trees. According to the defenders of the forest, the camp included about a hundred masked men with weapons in their hands. They detained several activists and severely beating a woman.

July 26

Moscow Region, Khimki forest, 26 July 2010. Defenders try to stop logging in the forest. Shooting Dmitry Zykov for www.grani-tv.ru

Greenpeace

July 28

RuNewsweek: The direct action against the Khimki town hall

July 29

Can a civilized way to resolve conflicts of local residents with the developer in Russia, when it comes to building roads of federal importance? His position in the “third sector” have expressed opposition parties in Khimki forest standing on opposite sides: the representative of the builder – Deputy Head of Federal Roads of Russia Yevgeny Nosov and party movement in the protection of forests Khimki Gennady Rodin. Also in the transfer involved the independent experts: Head of Institute of Transport and Roads Mikhail Blinkin and a specialist in environmental assessment, a lawyer Legal Centre “Rodnik” Catherine Khmeleva. Full version of this program, “third sector” in the air with Radio Liberty on July 31 at 18 o’clock in the program. SvobodaRadio

August 2

Liberal party Yabloko video from occupation in the forest stopped by the police..
August 2, 2010 Starbeevskoe field, Khimki
Riot police disperse a peaceful gathering of defenders Khimki forests. Video detentions Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin, an activist of the Left Front Constantine Kosyakin and others vanishing

August 4

http://grani-tv.ru/
Police steals leader of the social activists of the Khimki city, brave fighter against corruption Eugenia Chirikovа after her press conference in Moscow/ 4 aug 2010

August 22

kp.ru news starting with Gaskarov and Solopov solidarity banner and then the whole concert-meeting:

www.nevex.tv
Artem Troitsky, Yuri Shevchuk, the group “Bart, Evgeny Chirikov … Although no amplifiers, can hear everything. And seen.

Authorities allowed a rally-concert in support of Khimki forest, but was not allowed to sound. vedomosti

Meeting concert in support of Khimki forest

Saxophone & megaphone

Videomade with expensive equipment critizing the concert: pravdavideo | August 22, 2010
The much-touted “Solidarity” rally in defense of Khimki timber failed. Not helped, and Yuri Shevchuk, and who could not “warm up” the audience, Ecology. In which, despite the promotional efforts, on Sunday gathered only 800 people.

Longer unedited piece from Pushkin Square 22.9 with Chirikova and Shevchuk, The New Times:

August 26

President Medvedev has ordered the construction of a motorway through Khimki forest to be suspended. This comes after Russia’s ruling party publicly backed the campaign to save the forest. primetimeru

August 27

Public hearings to start on fate of Khimki forest

September 9

The revelatory film about Moscow mayor Luzhkov, shown on Friday evening by NTV, included the theme of the Khimki forest (Part 1: 5.40-7.40)

Interview with Yevgeniya Chirikova about the talk in the president’s reception office and her involvement in politics.

Action Alert: Khimki Battle Solidarity 17-20 September

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

To all friends of forests and people worldwide!

Support Russian activists September 17-20

In a historically courageous struggle people in Russia have been able to halt the construction of a high way through the Khimki forest. While the forests were burning all over Russia the authorities started a wave of detaining, torturing and harassing people in movements defending the Khimki forest close to Moscow. They need our solidarity.

We call upon the whole international environmental and social justice movement and all wanting to stop criminalization of protest to support our friends in Russia. Take action on 17-20 September! Follow the call enclosed below issued by The Campaign for the Release of the Khimki Hostages for making actions at embassies and other places representing Russia.

Immediate actions are necessary. The decision by president Medvedev to halt the construction of the high way is only temporary. The heavy repression of the protest movement and especially the antifascist activists makes no halt. Environmentalists, human rights activists, journalists fighting corruption, Anarchists and other antifascists, alter globalization movement, Liberal, Communist and Left wing parties have been able to struggle in solidarity in the midst of heavy repression achieving this first victory. This in spite of different ideological positions and views on tactics. Their unity is an example for the rest of the world and needs support.

The Khimki forest conflict have become historically important and of global concern. Behind the destruction of the forest in Russia is a neoliberal development model which do not care for the environment. Three years ago the federal forest protection service was closed down and 70 000 workers mainly working in the field fired and replaced by 12 000 bureaucrats supposed to see to that others should do what the workers had done earlier. The result is a reduced lack of capacity to halt fires when the weather gets warmer and warmer. At the same time is dismantling of public services and support of privatization also at the core of construction of roads and cities were private profit becomes more important than protection of nature or the interest of people in common. Through the Khimki forest is the first toll high way in Russia between Moscow and St Petersburg planned making an odd detour through the green belt. Road construction is highly lucrative in Russia with its added possibilities for exploitation of land beside the road. Close ties between economic and political interests makes it possible to use any means against those opposing this neoliberal development model, a reason for why those openly criticizing the corruption in Khimki are murdered or maltreated followed by no serious investigation by the police.

Those making much profit out of the environmentally destructive development model are European banks and corporations. The high way is planned to be financed primarily by European banks and the French construction company Vinci is a main contractor. When our Russian friends are struggling to defend the Khimki forest they are also struggling against a neoliberal development model making Russia into a profitable market for Western corporations.

The Russian movement to defend the Khimki forest is a movement defending all forests. If corporations and politicians working in the interest of a global neoliberal and environmentally destructive model is able to exploit the Khimki forest and continue repressing the activists in spite of a historically broad and strong movement in Russia defending the forest, than it can be done anywhere. Solidarity with the activists is the only way to both stop repression and to save the Khimki forest more permanently. Please join the action called for by our Russian friends!
Badrul Alam, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Bangladesh

Patrick Bond, Centre for Civil Society Environmental Justice Project,
Durban, South Africa

Mark Barrett, Climate Justice Action London, UK
Mark Brown, Art Not Oil/Rising Tide, UK

Carmen Buerba de Comite de Defensa Ecologica Michoacana, Mexico

Nicola Bullard, Focus on the Global South, Thailand

Ellie Cijvat, Friends of the Earth Sweden

Joshua Kahn Russell, Ruckus Society, USA

Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Acción, Spain

Maduresh Kumar, National Alliance of People’s Movements, India

Marea Creciente Mexico

Adriana Matalonga, Miguel Valencia y Mauricio Villegas from Ecomunidades and Klimaforum10, Mexico

Tannie Nyböe, Climate Justice Action, Denmark

Uddhab Pyakurel, South Asian Dialogue on Ecological Democracy, India

Josie Riffaud, Via Campesina, France

Marko Ulvila, Friends of the Earth Finland

Thomas Wallgren, Democracy Forum Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Finland

You find information and the call for action September 17-20 issued by Campaign for the Release of the Khimki Hostages in many languages at www.khimkibattle.org. Below you find the text in English, Spanish, and French and more links on the issue.

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A Call for International Days of Action in Support of Alexei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov

September 17–20, 2010

On July 28, 2010, more than two hundred young antifascists and anarchists carried out a spontaneous demonstration outside the town administration building in Khimki, a suburb of Moscow. They demonstrated in defence of the Khimki Forest, which was at that time in the process of beings cutting down for the needs of big business. The demonstration, during which several windows were broken, received a great deal of public attention. The authorities responded with a wave of repressions. The day after the demonstration, two well-known social activists, Alexei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov, were arrested. They are now threatened with up to seven years in prison for disorderly conduct, although there is no evidence of their complicity in illegal activities. Meanwhile, the police continue to hunt down and harass other activists, especially those involved in the antifascist movement.

The campaign to save the Khimki Forest has been going on for the past three years. The authorities had decided to build a segment of a planned Moscow–Saint Petersburg toll highway, the first of its kind in Russia, through the forest. This would lead to the deterioration of environmental conditions in the region, and local residents and Muscovites would be deprived of yet another recreation zone. Despite the availability of alternative routes that would not require clear-cutting the forest and vigorous protests by environmentalists and ordinary citizens against the planned route, the authorities f0r a long time ignored the voice of society and on several occasions took measures to suppress their critics.

Khimki authorities and the highway project contractor have used violence and other tactics against Khimki Forest defenders. They refused to give permission for protest demonstrations, recruited nationalist thugs to break up a peaceful protest camp organized by environmentalists and local residents, and illegally arrested and beat up journalists covering the story. Nearly two years ago, Mikhail Beketov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda and a critic of the local administration, was severely beaten by persons unknown; the attack left Beketov permanently disabled. Sergei Protozanov, the layout designer of another local opposition paper, was murdered in similar circumstances six months later.

After the July 28 demonstration, the Russian police and secret services unleashed an unprecedented dragnet against antifascists. People who had even just once come to the attention of the Center for Extremism Prevention and FSB for their involvement with the antifascist movement have been forcibly taken in for questioning. In several cases they  have been subjected to harsh physical coercion in order to compel them to give the testimony required by investigators. In addition, illegal searches have been carried out in their apartments. All these actions on the part of law enforcement authorities are violations of Russian and international law.

Frightened by the numerous and growing protests against the clear-cutting of the Khimki Forest, the authorities have finally made concessions by agreeing to review the advisability of the planned route for the toll highway. But this does not mean victory. Alexei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov are still in police custody for no reason at all. They are hostages of the authorities.

In late September, the next hearing in their case will take place. The judge will decide whether to keep them in police custody pending completion of the investigation and trial. Everyone who cares about the fate of these two young men must do everything in their power to see that they are set free. The Campaign for the Release of the Khimki Hostages calls on people around the world to organize days of action on September 17, 18, 19, and 20 to pressure the Russian authorities to release Alexei and Maxim.

We ask you to hold protests outside of Russian Federation embassies, consulates, trade missions, and cultural centers, as well as at public events and concerts connected to Russia. We also ask you to send faxes, e-mails, and protest letters to the court, the prosecutor’s office, and the country’s political leadership. In the very nearfuture we will inform you of addresses where you can send these protests as well as more details about the ongoing repressions in Russia. Look for this information on our website http://khimkibattle.org in English, German, Russian, and French.

Join our campaign!

Campaign for the Release of the Khimki Hostages

+7 (915) 053-5912 * info@khimkibattle.org * http://khimkibattle.org

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Back ground information:

Chtodelat news, Khimki Territory of Lawlessness
Khimki: Territory of Lawlessness

Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists

Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists

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Below the call issued by Campaign for the Release of the Khimki Hostages also in Spanish, French and Russian:

Llamamiento a acciones internacionales en apoyo de Alexei Gaskárov y Maxim Sólopov del 17 al 20 de septiembre de 2010.

El 28 de julio de 2010 en frente de la administración municipal de Khimki, una ciudad en las afueras de Moscú, más de 200 jóvenes antifascistas y anarquistas mantuvieron una manifestación espontánea en apoyo del bosque de Khimki que en aquel momento estaba siendo talado para las necesidades de grandes empresas. La acción, durante la cual varias ventanas fueron dañadas, recibió una amplia publicidad. Por su parte, las autoridades respondieron con represalias. El día después de la manifestación dos prominentes activistas de un movimiento social – Alexei Gaskárov y Maxim Sólopov – fueron detenidos. Los dos jóvenes podrían ser sentenciados a siete años de prisión por vandalismo mientras que no existen pruebas de su implicación en las actividades ilegales. Otros activistas, en particular los que están involucrados en el movimiento antifascista, siguen siendo objetos de una cacería policial.

Ya hace tres años que la lucha por la salvación del bosque de Khimki continúa en esa pequeña ciudad rusa. La intención de las autoridades locales es utilizar el terreno para la construcción de una autopista de pago – la primera en Rusia – de Moscú a San Petersburgo, que finalmente conduciría a un deterioro de la situación ecológica en la región y privaría a la población local y los moscovitas de una zona recreativa. A pesar de la disponibilidad de rutas alternativas que no requieran la tala del bosque, y las protestas rigorosas de ecologistas y ciudadanos de a pie contra el trazado elegido, las autoridades no quieren escuchar a la población. Por el contrario, las autoridades muchas veces han tomado medidas para silenciar a sus críticos.

Las autoridades de Khimki, junto con la empresa constructora más de una vez han recurrido a la violencia contra los defensores del bosque de Khimki: varias veces han desestimado la opinión pública, se han negado a ponerse de acuerdo sobre las protestas, han recurrido a los nacionalistas para disolver protestas pacíficas de ecologistas y de la población local, han detenido ilegal mente y golpeado a periodistas. Desconocidos mutilaron al crítico de la administración municipal, el editor jefe del periódico “Khimkinskaya pravda” Mikhail Béketov, y mataron al compaginador del otro periódico de oposición Serguei Protazánov.

Después de la manifestación del 28 de julio de 2010 la policía rusa y las fuerzas de seguridad iniciaron una cacería sin precedentes a los antifascistas. Las personas, una vez hayan sido detectados como antifascistas por el Centro para la lucha contra el extremismo y el FSB, – contra todas las normas jurídicas – están siendo detenidas y transportadas a la fuerza para ser interrogadas mientras que sus apartamentos son registrados sin ningún orden judicial, y en algunos casos en los interrogatorios se recurre a la violencia para extraer declaraciones necesarias.

Asustadas por muchas protestas contra el talado del bosque de Khimki que cada vez ganaban en fuerza, las autoridades finalmente hicieron concesiones, dispuestos a comprobar la ruta elegida de la autopista. Pero esto aún no significa la victoria. Alexei Gaskárov y Maxim Sólopov continúan en custodia sin ningún fundamento, mantenidos por las autoridades como rehenes.

A finales de septiembre está programada una sesión judicial donde se decidirá sobre la medida preventiva contra Alexei y Maxim. Todos los que se preocupan por su destino deben hacer todo lo posible por su liberación. La campaña por la liberación de rehenes de Khimki llama a organizar acciones internacionales y realizar presión sobre las autoridades rusas del 17 al 20 de septiembre de 2010 para lograr la liberación de Alexei y Maxim.

Hacemos un llamamiento para celebrar mítins cerca de las embajadas, consulados, misiones comerciales e culturales de la Federación Rusa en el mundo, en los actos públicos y conciertos relacionados con Rusia, así mismo enviar faxes y cartas de protesta al tribunal, la fiscalía y el gobierno rusos. Las direcciones para enviar las protestas y la información detallada sobre las represiones en Rusia serán enviadas más adelante. Próximamente serán disponibles en nuestra página web http://khimkibattle.org en inglés, alemán, ruso, francés y español.

La campaña por la liberación de rehenes de Khimki

Contactos: +7 (915) 053-59-12

info@khimkibattle.org

http://khimkibattle.org

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Appel à des Journées d’action internationales

Liberté pour les ôtages de Khimki!

Appel à des Journées d’action internationales pour Alekseï Gaskarov et Maxime Solopov

Les 17-20 septembre 2010

Le 28 juillet 2010 plus de 200 personnes, jeunes antifascistes et anarchistes ont mené une manifestation spontanée devant la mairie de Khimki (la banlieue nord de Moscou), à la défense de la forêt de cette ville qui a été abbattu au profit du grand business. L’action lors de laquelle plusieurs vitres ont été brisées, a trouvé un large écho. De leur côté, les autorités y ont répondu par des répressions. Au lendemain de l’action deux militants des mouvements sociaux connus, Alekseï Gaskarov et Maxime Solopov ont été arrêtés. Ils sont menacés de 7 ans de prison pour vandalisme bien qu’il n’y ait pas de preuves de leur complicité à des actes illégaux. D’autres militants, surtout des antifascistes, subissent des poursuites policières.

La lutte pour la conservation de la forêt de KhimkI dure déjà depuis trois ans. D’après les projets des autorités, c’est à travers de cette forêt que doit être construite l’autoroute à péage Moscou-St-Petersbourg, la première de tel type en Russie; ce qui menera à une dégradation de la situation écologique locale et privera les moscovites et les banlieusards d’une zone de recréation en plus. Malgré l’existence des plans alternatifs pour l’autoroute qui permettraient de se passer d’une déforestation et au dépit des protestations actives des écologistes et de la population locale, les autorités ont refusé d’y prêter l’oreille. Au contraire, elles ont fait plusieurs démarches visées à imposer le silence aux contestateurs.

Plus d’une fois les autorités de Khimki (en concertation avec la compagnie de bâtiment chargée des travaux) ont recouru à la violence contre les défenseurs de la forêt de la ville: en négligeant l’opinion publique, en refusant de permettre des actions de protestation, en appellant les nationalistes à disperser les piquets des écologistes et des habitants de la ville, en arrêtant illégalement et en attaquant les journalistes. Les “personnes inconnues” ont mutilé le rédacteur en chef du journal local “Khimkinskaïa Pravda” Mikhaïl Beketov qui avait âprement critiqué les autorités, et ils ont assassiné le metteur en pages d’un autre journal d’opposition, Sergueï Protazanov.

Après l’action du 28 juillet 2010 la police russe et les services secrets ont déclenché une chasse aux antifascistes sans précédents. Les personnes une fois signalées à l’attention du Centre anti-extrémiste et du Service fédéral de sûreté (l’ex-KGB) en tant qu’antifascistes, sont amenées de force aux interrogatoires, les visites à domicile illégales se tiennent chez eux; il y a des cas des pressions physiques atroces pour arracher des dépositions dont l’instruction a besoin.

Ayant peur d’une vague montante des protestations contre la déforestation, les autorités ont enfin reculé en exprimant la volonté de reviser le projet de l’autoroute. Mais il n’y a pas lieu de crier victoire. Alekseï Gaskarov et Maxime Solopov sont toujours en prison sans droit, pris en ôtage par les autorités.

A la fin septembre se tiendra la prochaine audience pénale qui devra prononcer sur une mise en liberté d’Alekseï et de Maxime dans l’attente du jugement. Tous ceux qui s’inquiètent de leur sort, doivent faire tout leur possible pour les arracher de la prison. La Campagne pour la mise en liberté des ôtages de Khimki appelle à des Journées d’action internationales les 17-20 septembre 2010 pour mettre de la pression sur les autorités russes en vue d’obtenir la libération d’Alekseï et de Maxime.

Nous appelons à organiser des manifestations devant les ambassades, les consulats, les missions économiques et culturelles de la Fédération de Russie, aux événements publics et culturels qui ont des rapports à la Russie, tout comme d’envoyer des télécopies et des lettres au tribunal, au Parquet et au gouvernement russes (la journée principale de la campagne fax sera lundi le 20 septembre). Les adresses nécessaries et les détails supplémentaires sur les répressions en Russie seront bientôt communiqués. Vous pouvez les trouver aussi sur notre site web: http://khimkibattle.org en anglais, allemand, français et russe.

Unissez-vous à l’action!

Campagne pour la mise en liberté des ôtages de Khimki

Tel.: +7 (915) 053-59-12

http://khimkibattle.org

info@khimkibattle.org

Police violence for Stuttgart 21

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Friday, October 1st, 2010

Friday, October 1. 2010, 17:27

Massive struggles in Stuttgart when thousands are willing to protect trees from being cut down in the middle of the city to give room for profitable development. Are we seeing a new protest wave against the current exploitation in city areas were people in common create new alliances and confront the present development model? From Khimki near Moscow to the heart of Stuttgart? Here is a report from Hanno Böck:

In the City Stuttgart in Germany, a massive police operation against environmental protesters took place. More than hundred people got injured at the eviction of a local park in order to cut down trees for the construction of a new train station. There are many reports about police violence. A pupils’ demonstration took place before the event, so lots of young children got injured Also, the protest is deeply rooted in the local population, so many average citizens took part.

The project in question, Stuttgart 21, is the plan to bring Stuttgart’s main train station underground. The current railhead station is planned to be replaced by a through station. The majority of the local population is opposed to that project for various reasons. The new station has only eight tracks while the current one has 16. Before the project has even started, the costs have more than doubled, currently five billion Euros are expected – but even the governor of Baden-Württemberg, Stefan Mappus, admitted that it probably will be more than seven billion. Critics expect it to be much more.

For that, local public transport services have been cut down in the area. Various other savings in social services were done in order to finance the megaproject, for example the subsidies for pupils’ bus tickets have been cut. Stuttgart 21 is not a public transport project, it’s a public transport cut down. It is mainly an urban construction project, because it will free a large area of rail tracks. The city’s mayor Wolfgang Schuster promised a referendum after his last election if the costs of the project raise – he lied, the referendum never took place. Two years ago, environmentalists tried to enforce a referendum by collecting signatures. But it was not approved due to legal reasons – the laws for direct democracy in Baden-Württemberg are upon the worst in whole Germany.

In the park beside the station 300 trees need to be cut for the project. For that reason, activists from the envrionmental organization Robin Wood and others have built tree platforms in some of them in the past weeks. Many average people had declared in advance that they will take part on acts of civil dissobedience to protect the park and called themselves „Parkschützer“ (park protectors).

The violent operation took place on the 30th september. Thousands of policemen evicted the park with water cannons, pepper spray and police batons. In the night, about 20 trees got cut. Afterwards, the local Interior Minister Heribert Rech defended the police act by saying that the protestors had thrown stones. Some hours later he had to admit that this was a false information. Still, and despite of hundrets who got injured, he and the local governor Stefan Mappus from the CDU (conservative party) claimed the police act was completely legitimate.

Video from the occupied trees during the police action: http://bambuser.com/channel/terminal.21/broadcast/1053579
For (german) information see:
http://www.kopfbahnhof-21.de/
http://www.parkschuetzer.de/
http://www.bei-abriss-aufstand.de/

Russian environmental organizations united: for the forest against the repression

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

On the eve of the international action day for freedom for Gaskarov and Solopov 17-20th of September all main Russian environmental organizations have issued a call together for the protection of the forest near Moscow including the Khimki forest as well as making a protest against the repression. The organizations acting in unison are the Movement for Defending the Khimki forest, Greenpeace Russia, WWF Russia, Biodiversity Conservation Center, Russian Bird Conservation Union, and Socio-Ecological Union.



Their call is focused on saving the forests but is also using strong wordings in protests against the repression of all defenders of the forest:

”if the trail through the Khimki forest will be built, it is actually legitimizing the harassment of citizens protesting, attempted murder, criminal structures in the punitive system and provocations in order to protect the interests of economic and financial structures that implement large-scale commercial projects. The decision on laying tracks through the Khimki forest is a huge step in the direction of the rule of law in a criminal totalitarian regime that denies basic rights of citizens of Russia.”

The environmentalists also makes it clear that the struggle to protect the Khimki forest is far from won and that it is linked to stopping repression:

“We welcome the order of the President of Russia to suspend construction of trails through the Khimki forest and conduct further discussions on the draft “- said Alexey Yaroshenko, head of the forestry department of Greenpeace Russia. “However, we fear that this order is directed only to reassure public opinion. The reality is that unreasonable detention and intimidation of defenders of the forests continues, the designers refuse to even discuss alternatives, and the work in the forest is not completely stopped.”

The environmental organizations also claim that the Khimki forest conflict has a very strong importance for the future of environmental protection in Russia.  In spite of that the scale of the planned construction in the Khimki forest is modest, sees similarities with the historical environmental victorious struggle against the diversion of the northern runoff of rivers in the southern regions of the USSR  in the 80s. They claim that in spite of the small scale for ”the future of our nature conservation the protection of the Khimki forest is no less important than the abandonment of the rotation of the rivers. Construction of trails through the Khimki forest – is not only the destruction of one of the most valuable forests in the forest-park zone of Moscow, but also an important precedent, the key to the destruction of the remaining parks.”

This shows the importance given by all main environmental organizations in Russia to the Khimki battle. This means that it is also of global importance as the environmental movement in Russia and all supporting the call to protect nature as the antifascists have done several times are the main force behind protecting the ecosystem in one of the largest countries on earth. Their struggle is our struggle. Or as the succesful concert and manifestation in Moscow that caused the temporary halt to the construction of the high way through the forest was called: ”Khimki forest is everywhere”.  Join the calls for protecting the Khimki forest and the coming international action days 17-20th of September for Freedom for Alexei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov and other antifascists.

Tord Björk

Member of the Climate working group, Friends of the Earth Sweden

Below you find links to websites and articles about the conflict and the callout for international action to support Russian activists, and in the end the press release about the founding of the Coalition ”For the forest near Moscow”.

The call for international solidarity actions in many languages at the campaign website: www.khimkibattle.org

A callout to the global justice and environmental movements to support the international day of action at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1919

A callout to the global social forum movement at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1925

Continiously updated information at two facebook groups/sites:
Freedom for Russian antifascists Alexei Gaskarov & Maxim Solopov!:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115#!/group.php?gid=123233894390151&ref=ts
Defence of the Khimki Forest:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115

A longer article with links on the subject: ”Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists” at http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

Nowadays you can also find a lot ofm material from Russian websites without knowledge in Russian. This woith the help of Googe translate. With some basic knowledge about the issue it is fully possible to follow much of the information and discussion in Russian. Of clourse the trnslation is rudimentary and sometimes not pöossilble to understand but quite a lot fully uiseful. The transöation pof the press release below is made with the help of this method, there might be some mistakles in it. The original version you find at Ecodefence web site www.ecmo.ru


Coalition ”For the forest near Moscow” established

The threat of destruction Khimki forests and forest-park zone in the whole of Moscow rallied the Russian environmental movement. As of today, Russia’s largest non-governmental environmental organizations and associations – the Movement for Defense Khimki forests, Greenpeace Russia, WWF Russia Biodiversity Conservation Center, Russian Bird Conservation Union, Socio-Ecological Union – will act in an unified coalition “For the forest near Moscow.

This is not the first time that the government’s actions that can cause irreparable damage to the nature of our country, inspire a rise in public environmental management, and ultimately lead to the consolidation and strengthening of the environmental community. For example, the diversion of the northern runoff of rivers in the southern regions of the USSR brought in the 80s of the last century, an unprecedented rise in public environmental movement, whose results are still being felt today.

The scale of planned construction in the Khimki forest is much more modest than the once planned diversion of the runoff of northern rivers. But for the future of our nature conservation Khimki forests is no less important than the abandonment of the rotation of the rivers. Construction of trails through the Khimki forest – is not only the destruction of one of the most valuable forests in the forest-park zone of Moscow, but also an important precedent, the key to the destruction of the remaining parks. Selecting a route through the Khimki forest means that the constitutional right of citizens to a healthy environment, which is an essential function of the suburban parks, is denied, at least in comparison with the interests of owners and tenants of other plots. Furthermore – if the trail through the Khimki forest will be built, it is actually legitimizing the harassment of citizens protesting, attempted murder, criminal structures in the punitive system and provocations in order to protect the interests of economic and financial structures that implement large-scale commercial projects. The decision on laying tracks through the Khimki forest – is a huge step in the direction of the rule of law in the criminal totalitarian regime that denies basic rights of citizens of Russia.

“We insist on a truly fair and independent hearings on toll-speed highway Moscow – St. Petersburg, on the openness of all the information on possible alternatives and that one of them will be chosen, which will cause the least damage to the Khimki forest and the overall quality of the environment in the urban district of Khimki “- leader of the Movement for the Defence Khimki forest Yevgenia Chirikova commented on the immediate aim of the coalition.” We welcome the order of the President of Russia to suspend construction of trails through the woods Khimki and conduct further discussions on the draft “- said Alexey Yaroshenko, head of the forestry department of Greenpeace Russia. “However, we fear that this order is directed only to reassure public opinion. The reality is unreasonable detention and intimidation of defenders of the forests continues, the designers refuse to even discuss alternatives, and the work in the forest is not completely stopped. Wanton detention by the police party Movement for the Defence Khimki forest Jaroslav Nikitenko and keeping him for two days in inhumane conditions proves that the government as a whole is not ready to respect the rights of citizens. ”

“Khimki forest is truly unique for the near suburbs natural area worthy of inclusion in a separate section of the Elk Island National Park” – said Eugene Schwartz, Director of Conservation Programme WWF-Russia. “We hope that common sense will prevail, Khimki forest will be saved and from this will start a review related to forests near Moscow as a reserve excluded from land for construction and infrastructure development. ”

“The attention of the coalition” For the forest near Moscow, will focus on the protection of all forest land in the Moscow region, their ecological role of xtrme high importanc in a n area with very high population density. The preservation and restoration of forests outside Moscow should be the number one priority in regional policy in the decades ahead, because it is nature provide the population of the territory of oxygen and other necessary conditions for life, a lack of which the people living here are already experiencing “- said Alexey Zimenko, director general of the Biodiversity Conservation Center.

Non-governmental environmental organizations and associations that make up the coalition For forests of Moscow region, Khimki intend to strive to maintain the forest, forest-park belt of Moscow and the whole reconstruction of careful and reasonable relationship to the forests of Moscow region.

Persons from all over the world supporting Russian activists

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Information about the persons signing the world wide support call:

Action Alert: Khimki Battle Solidarity 17-20 September

To all friends of forests and people worldwide!

Support Russian activists September 17-20

In a historically courageous struggle people in Russia have been able to halt the construction of a high way through the Khimki forest. While the forests were burning all over Russia the authorities started a wave of detaining, torturing and harassing people in movements defending the Khimki forest close to Moscow. They need our solidarity.

Se the whole call at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1919

More about the persons signing the call

Today it is much easier to follow what is going on in other countries even if you do not know the language. It is possible to get an impression of the organizations to whom the signatory belongs by looking at the websites below with the help of google translate. This is way you can also follow Russian web sites:

Badrul Alam, Bangladesh Krishok Federation

Is the leader of the peasant movement in Bangladesh with half a million members. Badrul Alam participated in the Climate justice protests at the COP15 in Copenhagen and have also earlier been active in the global justice movement protests at Summits. Bangladesh Krishok Federation is a member of Via Campesina international.

http://viacampesina.org

Patrick Bond, Centre for Civil Society Environmental Justice Project,
Durban, South Africa

Academician and activist, professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy, and geopolitics. Have been working for the South African government, authoring or editing more than a dozen policy papers. He has been active in several movements for social justice, against privatization, and for climate justice. He is in the board of several international journals and has written many articles and books as South Africa and Global Apartheid – Continental and international policies and politics,  Global uneven development, primitive accumulation and political-economic conflict in Africa: the return of the theory of imperialism, Post-imperialist north-south financial relations?, Against carbon trading as climate change mitigation, Ideology and strategies in the fight against multinational corporate water privatization, and Ideas and strategies in the alterglobalisation movements.

Mark Barrett, Climate Justice Action London

Is trained as a lawyer and now living in London. He has been campaigning on issues of civil liberties, human rights, ecology and democracy. Mark Barrett was inspired by taking part in the anti-APEC and anti-MAI (Multilateral Agreement on Investments) nascent global justice movement. He organised the ‘People in Common’ picnic campaign, a direct action response to the clampdown on peaceful protest in Westminster which grow into the Campaign for a 21st Century Constitution. During the G20 protests in London Mark Barrett was a spokes person for the mobilizations. Following a conference on Human Rights to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Mark and colleagues formed a new network: Project 2012 is dedicated to building a rights based coalition for a new society in the UK and elsewhere. At the same time, as part of his work for the 21st Century Network, the Campaign for Real Democracy (CRD) was set up, aiming at developing a new political economy, and social action based on ‘real’ (as in ‘decentralised’, ‘bottom up’) democracy. The idea is that an independent civil society is the third superpower, which must now stand up as an equal alongside, and ultimately as the master of both state and capital; and that need a new political economy, based on a radical localism, is needed in order to make that a reality.

21st Century Network: http://21st-centurynetwork.com

Climate Justice Action: http://www.climate-justice-action.org

Mark Brown, Art Not Oil/Rising Tide, UK

Is making direct cultural actions promoting climate justice. Art Not Oil has aimed to encourage artists – and would-be artists – to create work that explores the damage that companies like BP and Shell are doing to the planet, and the role art can play in counteracting that damage. It is designed in part to paint a truer portrait of an oil company than the caring image manufactured by ‘cultural activities’ of the oil multinationals which also happen to divert public attention away from their actual activities. Art Not Oil is a project of the climate justice movement Rising Tide UK.

http://www.artnotoil.org.uk

Carmen Buerba de Comite de Defensa Ecologica Michoacana, Mexico

Local environmental activists in the Michoachan region in Mexico, one of million local environmentalists around the world struggling in similar conflicts as Ecodefence is doing in Moscow.

Nicola Bullard, Focus on the Global South, Thailand

Nicola Bullard is a Senior Associate with Focus on the Global South and active in the Climate Justice Now! (CJN!) network. Focus on the Global South is based in Thailand and involved in issues as global economy, peace, democracy and building movement alliances. Climate Justice Now! network brings together international mass movements as Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International and Jubilee South. Nicola Bullard joined Focus in February 1997. Before that, she worked in Cambodia, Thailand and Australia with human rights, development, and women’s organisations and with trade unions. She has also worked as an editor, journalist and publisher. Nicola studied international relations at the Institute for Social Studies in the Hague, and education, geography and urban sociology in Melbourne. She is Australian.

Focus on the Global South: http://www.focusweb.org

Climate Justice Now!: http://www.climate-justice-now.org

Ellie Cijvat, Friends of the Earth Sweden

Chair of Friends of the Earth Sweden, active in numerous campaigns such as against monoculture in forestry and the Swedish-Finnish corporation Stora Enso exploitation of small farmer lands in Latin America, climate justice, transportation and at the moment in building alliances between environmental and peasant movements in Sweden.

Friends of the Earth Sweden/Miljöförbundet Jordens Vänner: http:// www.mjv.se

Joshua Kahn Russell, Ruckus Society, USA

Has been an activist in Rain Forest Action and at the moment in Ruckus society. He is working to bridge movements for environmental sanity and racial justice. He is a strategy and non-violent direct action trainer with the Ruckus Society, and serves communities impacted by fossil fuel extraction. He works internationally with the Climate Justice Now! network to bring justice to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and has been a leading voice in the International Youth Climate Movement. During the Climate Summit in Copenhagen he started the walk out by NGOs and some members of governmental delegations from the official conference during the Reclaim Power action. In early 2006, Josh was a core organizer in reviving, launching and building the “new” Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a national multi-issue youth & student led group, which grew rapidly to over 250 chapters and nearly 3,000 members nationwide. He graduated in 2006 with degrees in Women’s & Gender Studies and Sociology. At Brandeis he coordinated successful university-wide student strikes with the Brandeis Anti-war Coalition in March of 2003 to protest the invasion of Iraq, and again in May of 2006 on May Day in support of Immigrant Rights. Josh Kahn Russell is a member of Bay Rising Affinity Group, and works with Mobilization for Climate Justice West. He currently lives in Oakland, CA.

Ruckus society http://www.ruckus.org

Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Acción, Spain

Is an international activist and coordinator of ecological agriculture and food sovereignty in one of the most influential ecological movements in Europe. Ecologistas en Accion was one of the main forces in building the global justice movement in Europe by initiating and being part of large system-critical alliances opposing the neo-liberal agenda at the World Energy Summit 1992, The 50th anniversary of the Bretton Woods institutions IMF and the World Bank 1994 and the EU Summit 1995, all in Madrid. Tom Kucharz have recently been active in the campaign against a Europe of Capital and member of the organizing committee of People’s Summit Enlazando Alternativas IV, during the EU-Latin America Summit in Madrid this year.

Ecologistas en Acción: https://www.ecologistasenaccion.org

Maduresh Kumar, National Alliance of People’s Movements, India

Have been working with CACIM – India Institute for Critical Action: Centre In Movement and recently joined the mass movement NAPM which was initiated by the Narmada movement. The Narmada movement to prevent the forced eviction of hundreds of thousands of  people due to the construction of dams turned mass civil disobedience into a main model for struggle in the global environmental movement in the end of the 1980s and is still today a key movement for another development in India and a symbol for resistance against the present development model world wide.

National Alliance of People’s Movements: http://napm-india.org

Marea Creciente Mexico

Rising Tide in Mexico, a Climate Justice direct action group at the moment involved in organizing protests during the COP16 Climate summit in Cancun.

Marea Creciente Mexico: http://marea-creciente.org

Adriana Matalonga, Miguel Valencia y Mauricio Villegas from Ecomunidades and Klimaforum10, Mexico

Local environmental activists in the Mexico city region struggling against motorways and other issues of environmental concern as the being against the neoliberal development model. Initiators of the Klimaforum10 process in Mexico towards the Climate Summit COP16 in Cancun late this year.

Ecomunidades: http://red-ecomunidades.blogspot.com

Tannie Nyböe, Climate Justice Action, Denmark

Spokes person for Climate Justice Action during the Climate Summit in Copenhagen December 2009. She is accused of charges including planning violence against police, systematic vandalism and serious disturbance of public peace and order. Some of these charges are drawn from the Danish terror package and the penalties are strengthened by the new Danish anti-protester laws introduced just prior to the COP15. The charges they face are unfounded, but can still potentially result in years in prison.
Tannie Nyböe was in the demonstration van during the Reclaim Power action coming from outside. At present facing trial in October in Copenhagen. Two other spokes persons for Climate Justice Action faced the same charges as and got their verdict late August. They were found not guilty on all charges. Tannie Nyböe is active in the Climate Collective, a key organization in the Climate Justice Action.

Climate Collective: http://www.climatecollective.org/en/start

Uddhab Pyakurel, South Asian Dialogue on Ecological Democracy, India

Is an activist in the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam international network for comprehensive democracy being involved in the World Social Forum and the South Asian Dialogue on Ecological Democracy.

South Asian Dialogue on Ecological Democracy: http://www.saded.in

Josie Riffaud, Via Campesina, France

Is a flower growing peasant from the Bordeaux district in France. She has been representing Via Campesina internationally in the World Social Forum process and in the civil disobedience actions at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Via Campesina is a mass movement for small farmers with some 200 million members world wide and a strong force in uniting people’s movement for social and environmental justice and against repression. Josie Riffaud is a member of the national board of Confédération paysanne, a Via Campesina organisation in France.

Confédération paysanne: http://www.confederationpaysanne.fr

Marko Ulvila, Friends of the Earth Finland

Green party politician and active in Friends of the Earth Finland. Active in numerous campaigns as against the Swedish-Finnish corporation Stora Enso exploitation in Latin America. Have been writing on sustainable consumption globally and the need to see the class dimension in the environmental struggle. Participated on behalf of Friends of the Earth Finland at the founding meeting of People’s Global Action against “Free Trade” and WTO in Geneva 1998 and is presently active on local issuesn, in the Degrowth movement and with Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Friends of the Earth Finland/Maan Ystävät: http://www.maanystavat.fi

Thomas Wallgren, Democracy Forum Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Finland

Social Democratic politician and head of the department of philosophy at the university of Helsinki. Veteran in the movement for international solidarity and environmental concerns. Democracy Forum Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a long term cooperation to strengthen the idea of comprehensive democracy on all fields of human life inspired by yearly exchange of activists between Finland and India since 1989 on development critique and democratization of society. Organized successful antirepression work in Helsinki during an EU-Asia Summit in 2006.

Demokratiafoorumi Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: http://www.demokratiafoorumi.fi

Support Russian activists September 17-20

Tord Björk | Action,Environmental movements,International action,police,Repression | Monday, September 13th, 2010

Spread the message!: Support Russian activists September 17-20

Alexei Gaskarov, imprisoned spokes person for Antifascists in Moscow

We call upon the whole European and World Social Forum movement and all concerned about the environment and stopping repression to support our friends in Russia. Take action on 17-20 September in solidarity with arrested, maltreated and oppressed activists. Follow the call made from Russia enclosed below and go and make protests at the Russian embassies or other places representing Russia. Among activists under threat are people that have been participating in the social forum movement and the European Social Forum in Istanbul 2010.

In a similar or even broader historical unification of movements as in the social forum process Russian civil society and political actors have worked together in defence of the Khimki forest and to stop political repression against protesters. Environmentalists, human rights activists, journalists fighting corruption, Anarchists and other antifascists, alter globalization movement, Liberal, Communist and Left wing parties have courageously been struggling in solidarity with each other in spite of different ideological positions and views on tactics.

This has resulted in a historical victory when president Medvedev decided to halt the construction of a high way through the forest. But at the same time the witch hunt against antifascist activists is continued. Solidarity with the activists is the only way to both stop repression and to save the Khimki forest more permanently. Please join the action called for by our Russian friends!

European Social Forum network Prague Spring II against Right Wing Extremism:
Matyas Benyik, Attac Hungary
Tord Björk, Friends of the Earth Sweden
Igor Gotlieb, Alternatives, Russia
Leo Gabriel, Suedwind (South Wind), Austria
Mirek Prokes, Czech Social Forum
Victor Shapinov, Institute New Democracy, Ukraine
Vera Zalca, Hungarian Social Forum Network

You find information and the call for action September 17-20 in many languages at www.khimkibattle.org.

A callout to the global justice and environmental movements to support the international day of action at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1919

Friends of the Earth Sweden August 27: The Khimki forest is saved – Now save the activists!
http://www.mjv.se/2010/statement-the-khimki-forest-is-saved-%E2%80%93-now-save-the-activists

Continiously updated information at two facebook groups/sites:
Freedom for Russian antifascists Alexei Gaskarov & Maxim Solopov!:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115#!/group.php?gid=123233894390151&ref=ts
Defence of the Khimki Forest:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115

A longer article with links on the subject: ”Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists” at http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

The Prague Spring II Network was established at a conference in Prague in March 2010. You find more information here:
The Alternative to the Right-Wing Extremism in the Time of Social and Ecological Crisis
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1543
And more contributions to the conference Prague and the activities of the network at ESF in Istanbul here:
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?s=prague

Maxim Solopov, imprisoned spokes person for Antifascists in Moscow

Climate camp in Sweden

The main tent at the camp with banners against Shell plans to drill in South of Sweden.

Some 150 participants gathered the Climate Camp at Eda 50 km North of Stockholm on August 2 – 8. It was organized by Friends of the Earth Sweden and educational organizations with very broad partcipation from all strands of the climate movement as well as people’s movements representing workers, peasants, the samic people and others. People were participating from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Paraguay, Russia and Sweden. Here were many from the direct action networks as Klimax, an anarchist kitchen, Shut it down and the Nordic climate camp in the South of Sweden were some 60 people gathered in July. Here was also the climate network from the Swedish conservationist society, the transition town movement, field biologists, the anti nuclear movement, anti uranium mining activists, the new organization climate action and a number of local action groups as well as members of Friends of the Earth.

During the camp a solidarity statement was issued to support the antifascists arrested in Moscow due to the Khimki forest conflict, see:Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists. http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

It is ten years ago since Friends of the Earth Sweden was able to organize a similar camp at Lindsberg with some 110 partcipants from all Nordic countries uniting the merging global justice movement. Since then summer camps have had not more than 35 participants and some years not been held at all.

The central camp building

As such the gathering was a traditional summer camp Swedish style out in the forest at a lake with good possibilities for swimming, walking and doing whatever you like close to nature except going to the toilet. There was a huge number of outdoor cabins fro this purpose instead. There was also possibilities to camp in tents or indoor in rather primitive houses. One of the provocative ideas coming out of the discussions at the camp was to organize next gathering in a suburb were the working class is living next time.

There was a lot of singing inspired by a workshop on the songs of the environmental movement. Most of the songs are from the 1970s and a renewal is necessary. This was done at the spot with a song against the airport which is planned to start for civilian traffic close to Uppsala. The next day an action took place in Uppsala against the plans with the help of a huge aircraft built in the camp.

A group discussion during the camp

The most heated debate at the camp was about strategy and how to translate the concept system change. Before the debate the young radicals working in the kitchen commented that the old reformists would not turn up. But this did not really become the case. In a typical Swedish manner the will was to be as concrete as possible and thus avoiding conflicts. So the main issue soon seemed to be only a question whether to be legal or not legal. Here it was easy to reach consensus. Even conservationists nowadays, at least those at the camp, can in principle say yes to civil disobedience depending on the situation. Furthermore there was a great majority or even consensus that it could include material damage as well as consensus that it could not include harming people. So the legal issue was no conflicting issue although in practice the Swedish environmental movement once strong in mass civil disobedience today is far less active.

Panel with all parliamentary parties at the camp

The other system critical issue was the question whether to work inside or outside the parliamentary system. This framing of the issue is popular among the left but something I cannot accept. A popular movement is independent and primarily not working as a negation of what tohers do but in its own merit possibly beyond both state and market. The discussion about parliamentary or not parliamentary strategies normally ends in coma by acknowledging both ways. Notably did the representative from the Norwegian climate network state that Norway was an exception as this state was completely democratic in its foundation and thus system critical non-parliamentary strategies was not necessary in this countries. This way of presenting Norwegian history was questioned by some Swedes and also the extreme belief in parliamentarism. This parliamentary approach was combined with a technocratic look at the climate issues which made the Norwegian position at the camp very isolated.

Kitchen crew with T-shirt stating Kein sex mit nazis, No sex with nazis.

The most interesting challenge in the discussion came from the Anarchist kitchen crew that stated that Friends of the Earth Sweden was not system critical as it is not opposing capitalism. As a notion that system critical must go beyond the division between economy and politics in our society and address the foundations of economy this was interesting. The fact that FoE Sweden only states that it is against neoliberalism while being reluctant to state that it is against capitalism could be seen as a proof that ti cannot justify stating that it is a system critical organization.

The answer partly stated in the discussion is that it depends on Whether system critical primarily is defined ideologically or what an organization is doing in practice. Furthermore it is a question whether capitalism is the only major criteria behind the present system or if there can be other factors too behind a development model that is causing both environmental and social crisis. In practice FoE sweden is more radical than most anticapitalist organization by addressing wider class alliances against what cab be described as both capitalist but also state centric development models.

Carmen Blanco Valer, quecha Indian, former metal worker and chair of Latin America Groups in Sweden, now at Färnebo Peoples High School discussing a climate justice network in Sweden and having next years camp in a suburb.

This was shown during the camp were peasants, Samic people and environmentalists came together to start mobilization for food sovereignty and a new model for agriculture and forestry. The main trend at the camp was in the spirit of Climate Justice Now with the help of Simone Lovera from Paraguay and System Change not climate change with the help of Matilde Kaalund from Klimaforum in Denmark. Klimaforum have not turned into a network for sustainable transition which inspired to make some similar initiative in Sweden.

There was also a debate with all the parliamentary parties as well as the Feminist Initiative. The Center party once close ally with the environmental movement was the most criticized in the panel.

The camp ended with energy strategy discussions and organizing coming actions against uranium mining.

White and grey haired antiuranium mine actvists from North of Sweden speaking with activists from Åland, a filmmaker and Gunnar Olesen from INfoRSE.

Google translated program you see below, (from the climate camp website
http://klimatlager.wordpress.com):

Monday, August 2

During the day in Eda:

The campaign Meatfree Monday quiz about food, environmental and human
rights. Before dinner the answers are looked through – the winners get
great prizes!

Bicycle Workshop – learn how tinkering with the bike, Part 1!

9:00 to 11:00 bike parade to the camp from Uppsala Central Station

Reports outside the entrance to the old station building. Do you not have
your own bike? Contact us and we will get one!

11.00-12 Opening including Staffan Lindberg!

Bolivian ambassador in the climate negotiation panel

Niclas Hällström presenting the failed negotiations and the hopeful Cochabamba climate meeting in Bolivia. Niclas have followed the negotiations oin behalf of the Swedish Conservation Society.

13:30 to 14:30 from Copenhagen via Cochabamba on the road to Mexico?

Climate negotiations in Copenhagen in which many world leaders were
unsuccessful. But Bolivia called for a climate for both governments and the
social movements and activists came several constructive proposals for
climate justice forward. How will the formal process to move forward? Will
the false solutions remain?

Participants:
Simone Lovera, Paraguay, Global Forest Coalition and active in the Climate Justice
Now network
Ellie Cijvat, Friends of the Earth Sweden
Niclas Hällström, What Next
Bolivian ambassador

Azril Bacal translating for the Bolivian ambassador. The ambassdor seemed at ease at the camp except when coming out from the outdoor toilet

15-18.00 System Change not Climate Change!

That was the slogan that emerged most clearly in Copenhagen, for example,
at demonstrations and on Klimaforum. But what do the movements mean when
they say system change? Criticism of neoliberalism, energy conversion,
leaving the fossil fuels in the ground? Opening panel discussion on how we
can move forward after Copenhagen and Cochabamba, locally and globally.
After group discussions on various themes and assembly.

Follow-up Klimaforum in Copenhagen
International Action Day October 12
Referendum from Cochabamba in October / November
Greenhouse Development Rights – a model for climate justice?

Local activism against fossil project with Heaven or sHell
The oil company Shell have done test drilling for natural gas in southern
Sweden, with the idea of extracting fossil gas commercially. Local people
rage, and warns of the effects on water, landscape, human health. Come and
learn more about how to organize themselves and how much resistance can be
enough.

Participants:
Azril Bacal, Uppsala Social Forum
Carmen Blanco Valera, Latin American teams
Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition and active in the Climate Justice
NOW
Mathilde Kaalund, Klimaforum
Johanne Linster, Network Heaven or sHell
Anna Frost, the Swedish Church’s youth
Per Capercaillie, active in the Network Shut It Down

The panel from the left, Carmen Blanco Valer, Azril Bacal, Ellie Cijvat, Simone Lovera, Anna Frost, Matilde Kaalund, Johanne Linster, and Per Capercaillie.

18:00 Awards Ceremony Meatfree Monday-quiz

19:30 to 20:30 Workshop Meatfree Monday

Our great demand for meat is one of the biggest causes of many of our most
serious environmental problems and the greatest threat to world food
supply. During this workshop we talk about these issues, but focuses mainly
on how to get involved in meat production will decrease.

Participants:
Per-Anders Jande
Jonas Paulsson

19:30 to 20:30 Climate justice how? – Graffiti fence / wall Journal

Workshop to begin to make a graffiti fence for climate camp.
Kajsa Grebäck, Studiefrämjandet

20:30 Short films about climate

Two short films with discussion. Filmmakers from the course at Färnebo
Folkhögskola Branch in Gothenburg.
Participants:
Henry Jackson, the course “Climate change and – with the film as a tool”

Tuesday, August 3

9:00 to 10:30 People’s Movement for Change

How does today’s social movements, they are left at all? Through time,
popular movements are always pushing forward social change. But do they
have a future? What is today’s and tomorrow’s biggest challenges?
Representatives of various movements emerge with different perspectives on
things.

Participants:
Torgny Östling, Via Campesina Sweden
Carmen Blanco Valera, Latin American Groups
Leif Mettävainio, GS – The union for the forestry, wood and graphic
industry
Malin Hammar, Democratic Alternative
Jenny Gustavsson, active in the Nordic Climate Action Camp
Moderator Ellie Cijvat, Friends of the Earth

9:30 to 10:30 Action Planning

Planning for Wednesday’s celebration in Uppsala.
Cast: climax

10:30 to 12:00 What about energy?

The potential for energy efficiency is enormous. Many municipalities have
long had great plans to reduce energy waste, but how do you achieve these?
Would energy conversion could be faster and, if so, why does it not?
Introduction of energy efficiency then examples from Knivsta Municipality
has been identified as a good example.

Participants:
Hans Nilsson, international energy advisor, Four Fact
Christina Nystrom, operations controller and investigators Knivsta
Municipality

Urban and rural farming interested audience

11-13.00 Guerilla gardening

Workshop with network growth from Stockholm, on how we can cultivate our
cities.

13:30 to 14:30 Nature Tours in the climate issue with Closenatureguuides

Gustav Jilker from the Samic nation

14-18.00 Can small farmers cool the planet?

Is it true that a small-scale farming can take advantage of renewable
energy, bring back the business and take advantage of ecosystem services in
a sustainable way? How do we present the global measurement system so that
small farmers benefit rather than be discouraged? A global sustainable
agriculture should be linked to issues of food sovereignty and rural
habitats. Is urban farming an option? How can we, as social movements
operate in a fair and democratic transition to a climate-agriculture?

Group discussions on:

To take advantage of renewable energy, bring back the business and
take advantage of ecosystem services in a sustainable manner.
food sovereignty in the North and South – How do we proceed?
Town Growing and peri-urban farming – what are the benefits? City
Farmer tell of their experiences and projects.
Participants:
Torgny Ostling, Via Campesina Sweden
Åke Karlsson, Small farmers
Lennart Kjörling, MST support group
Gunnar Rundgren, international consultant organic farming etc..
Kristina Belfrage, researchers at CLU, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
at SLU
Ylva Andersson and Marina Queiroz, Matparken Gottsunda
Growth
Christer Pettersson, Winter Bay Garden
Moderator Ellie Cijvat, Friends of the Earth

Farming panel from the left, Torgny Östling, Gustaf Jillker, Christer Pettersson, Gunnar Rundgren, Marina Queiroz, Kristina Belfrage, Åke Karlsson, and Lennart Kjörling. In front Ellie Cijvat.

20-21.30 Environmental Movement’s songs!

What has been sung and sung in the environmental movement from 60/70-tal to
the present day?
When you sing? How did the songs come to? We tell and sing together.
Louise Pettersson leads. Please bring your songs and tell or tell Louise
(louise.pettersson (at) aktivism.info) in advance. Do you have instruments:
bring it gets funnier!

You find at lots of envrionmental songs gathered by Louise at http://meramusikimittliv.wordpress.com/ Miljörörelsens sånger, ablog with embedded videos and more.

Wednesday, August 4

9:00 to 10:30 Workshop Banner Drop

Theoretically and practically climbing on a building and hanging banners.

9-12 Prosperity without Growth

How do we solve the economy and welfare crises? What options exist for the
current growth-based market economy? Talk about welfare policies for
growth, but experience and ideas on how the question can be written into
the broader political scene.

Participants:
Annika Lillemets, MP Parliamentary Candidate
Kajsa Pornainen, President Social democratic-students
Håkan Sundberg, Common Welfare and Attac

10:30 to 12:00 Guided Nature of growth with Närnaturguiderna

15:00 Markets Meeting in Uppsala

Music, speeches and street theater to the planned low-cost place (planned
for the week).

15:00 to 16:30 Nature Tours for those who stay on Eda

20:00 Fest!

On the scene:
Climatic climax reggae!
Clara Lindsjö!
Lissi Dancefloor Disaster!

Later: Instrumental improvisation with Andrew & co in the alcohol-free bar.

Ideological evening corner

Thursday, August 5

During the day at Eda:

Bicycle Workshop – learn how tinkering with the bike, Part 2!

9-11.00 Vision of the Climate Justice Town

How can a climate fair city look like and how we work to realize it?
Introductions of alternative urban plans, the car as the norm in the city
and the social aspects of the city and public transport. After two or three
groups of deepening and discussion.

Participants:
Per Hulthén, Nature Conservation
Karin Sandqvist, researchers
Mr Zampa, Planka.nu

11:00 to 12:30 A strategy to stop the Bypass high way Stockholm
Introduction of the situation around the road project Bypass Stockholm and
the referendum as a possible strategy and how young people can be more
involved. Then work in groups, each with a strategic plan. Ends with common
dsikussion.

Participants:
Lars Igeland, Friends of the Earth
John Ottosson, Climate Action
Catherine Bergstrom, Field Biologists

10-12.00 Forum Games.

How can we break the internal and external oppression? Forum Games
discussion as a Brazilian and has spread worldwide. In the game getaltas
current problems and solutions. You may use the body, heart and brain.
Kajsa Bilius is director and drama teacher from Vang has also committed to
justice and the surrounding environment.
14-16.00 Conversion Sweden.

Why do we ask for and how can we work locally to do it? Presentation of the
International Transition movement and exchange of experiences between local
conversion groups in Sweden.

Participants:
January Forsmark, Sweden, Sala Conversion
Anders Persson, Sweden and shift Söderhamn
Bjorn Lind Bergson, Conversion Group in Sigtuna

16-18.00 How to work with social media?

Workshop with Planka.nu.

19:30 to 21:00 Just in time for fun

Gunlög Rosen has a humorous and thought-provoking idea of cultural
encounters and cultural clashes, Swedish and conventions, common sense and
our human behavior.

20:30 to 21:30 Non-alcoholic bar and music

Anders Persson and Stefan Stenmark play and sing.

Late evening corner

Friday, August 6

9-10.30 The food and the environment – with a focus on food

450 million of the billion people who are short of food in the world are
farm workers. It is not enough to buy local, organic or fair to change the
balance of power. There is union work across national borders in the global
business. There is less market, more democracy and more focus on the daily
basis to ensure that we have food on the table.

Participants:
Gunnar Brulin and Malin Klingzell-Brulin, Journal of Food Workers’ Union
Case and the Mediterranean, up to date with the book Food for Thought

10:30 to 12:00 Climate, gender and power.

It is the poorest who suffer most from a warmer climate. A majority of them
are girls and women. Environmental movement needs a gender perspective? How
can the fight against climate change combined with the struggle for greater
equality?

Participants:
Lisa Gålmark; writer and debater
Gerd Johnsson-Latham, Deputy Director
Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition
Kajsa Lindqvist, Friends of the Earth

Simone Lovera criticizing neoliberalism at the camp

13:30 to 15:00 The world’s forests is more than sinks!

The rain forest is important for the climate and deforestation is a
significant factor in global emissions. But the rain forest become a
commodity on the stock market climate? How does it affect the origin and
forest people? Borealskogen is not as controversial as a carbon sink, but
it contains large amounts of carbon. What is happening to the climate
change track?

Participants:
Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition
Amanda Tas, Protect Forests

14-15.00 Nuclear fuel chain

Is nuclear power is carbon neutral? How does nuclear power in Sweden and
other countries’ environmental security? And what happens to the waste is?

Participants:
Miles Goldstick, Environmental Movement’s Nuclear Waste Secretariat (MILK)

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Can we cope with climate without nuclear power?

Interview with Tomas Kåberger director general of the Energy Agency.

19-20.00 Nuclear power a threat to world peace!

Kerstin Grebäck, International President of the International Women’s League
for Peace and Freedom.

20:00 to 21:30 Inside or outside the system – how do we work?

Should we violate society’s laws fossils? Or cooperate with Vattenfall’s
CEO? There are all shades between conflict and dialogue, nothing is black
and white. A conversation about ethics, method and strategy in the fight
for climate justice.

Participants:
Jennie Gustafsson, active in the Nordic Climate Action Camp
Per Capercaillie, active in the Shut It Down
Ellie Cijvat, Friends of the Earth
et al.

20:10 to 20:50 Hiroshima Day – a musical exposé on nuclear power, etc.

With My Leffler and Vimmelii

21:00 Open Stage

Welcome to behave with poetry, songs, theatrical or otherwise.

Jan Wiklund, long time Friends of the Earth/Alternative City Stockholm activist presenting his book Carriers of Democracy on the history of global people’s movements the last 2 500 years at open space.

Saturday, August 7

9-9.45 What does climate justice? – For the world, Sweden and locally

Introduction to morning programs on the conversion points for climate
justice.

Participants:
Tomas Björnsson, Nature Conservation

10-12.00 A great and Democratic Transition to Renewable Energy in Europe –
how does it look?

Presentation Of The Friends of the Earth Europe and the Stockholm
Environment Institute study “The 40% Study – Mobilising Europe to Achieve
Climate Justice”, the INFORSE Scenario for Energy Transition in Europe and
a scenario on energy transition in Sweden. (In English with translation
into Swedish)

Participants:
Silva Herrman, Global 2000 (Austria FOE)
Goran Bryntse, SERO Swedish Federation of Renewable Energy Association
Gunnar Boye Olesen, OVE and INFORSE Europe

10-12.00 Sustainable solutions in Europe

What is being done and how people have been ways to succeed? What are the
success factors? Ispirerande examples of innovative solutions, bicycle,
car-free cities, passive areas, lerhusbyar. If eco-villages, regions and
islands that produce their own energy by including wind, solar and
fjärrvärmekopperativ parks. If the exciting new climate movement and new
economic models.

Participants:
Henrik Andersson, freelance journalist

13:00 to 14:00 Vattenfall on climate and energy

About Vattenfall’s investments in new nuclear, coal, carbon storage and
renewable energy. Hearing with Jesse Fahlestock from Vattenfall.

14-15.30 Politicians Debate – 4 weeks before the election!

16-18.00 Open forum – how do we proceed?

What happened during the camp? How can we move forward with the issues
discussed? How can we collaborate between organizations and groups? How we
take care of the initiatives and ideas that come up?

Open Space is a meeting format that makes it easier for participants to set
their own agenda. Meeting Manager is Kate Grebäck from Rainey.

20:00 Fest!

On the scene:
Markus Berjlund!
Rotor club!
Alcohol free bar!

Niclas Hällström sad after coming from UN climate negotiations in Bonn, glad to be back in the camp again.

Sunday, August 8
9-10.30 Climate Justice – by popular movements or experts?

The climate debate at scientists and other experts, a major role. Climate
models will be explained and percentages calculated. Ordinary people are
struggling to keep up with, while a broad business climate needed for the
conversion to take off. But there is a conflict between experts and public
participation?

Participants:
Kajsa Grebäck, Nature Conservation’s Climate Network
Monica Sundström, Friends of the Earth
Jonathan Korsør, Democratic Alternative, etc.

(This point on  the agenda was cancelled in  favour of energy discussions. The issue had partly been covered by the discussion on strategy for climate justice.)

Russian Eco defence activists chatting with Göran Bryntse, chairman of Peoples Campaign against Nuclear power and Nuclear weapons

9:00 to 10:30 Nordic Exchange on Energy

Presentations from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden on the situation of
the Transition to Renewable Energy – Opportunities, Obstacle & the Role of
Civil Society Organization. Discussion on Possibilities for joint action.
(In English with translation into Swedish)

10.30-12 Uranium mining in Sweden

Is it to break the current uranium in Sweden and other Nordic countries?
Exploration of multiple directions and opposition groups have been created.
Filmmaker Clara Sager Maliani showing clips from his current film project
on uranium resistance in Sweden. Then call and experience exchange with
uranmotståndesgrupper from different parts of Sweden.

Participants:
Elsa Berglund, Friends of the Earth
Clear Sager Maliani, film producer
Diana Fernlund, Oviken Jämtland
Others

Closing cermony

12:30 to 13:00 Closing!

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