Date(s) - Mon 11 December
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kebele social centre
Save Bialowieza Forest in Poland // Bristol Info-night
Monday 11th December 2017
@ Kebele Social Centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JE
6.30pm – Bristol Rising Tide Organising Meeting
8pm – Food and Snacks
8.30pm – Talk and presentation on the Bialowieza Forest Campaign by Ewa J
Facebook event here
Activists from ‘The Camp for the Forest’, a coalition of groups, NGOs and individuals committed have been active in stopping logging in the last primeval forest in lowland Europe recently. Hear from English-Polish activists about the Bialowieza Forest campaign and the political climate in Poland today.
Despite a European Commission ruling rendering logging unlawful in the forest and the European Court of Justice ordering fines of 100k Euros per day for violations, commercial logging continues according to evidence gathered by Camp for the Forest.
Documenting by satnav and cameras, drones, and human observation, activists have build up a body of evidence of infractions by the Polish government, logging companies and the armed Forest Guard who patrol the forest like an occupation force.
Over 60 blockades and lock-ons have taken place since May 2017, including 20 actions on heavy machinery such as the ‘Harvesters’.
Approximately 180,000 cubic meters [180 000 trees] have been cut in the Forest this year – 30% was carried out in natural stands of trees over a century old.
Protesters have been labelled eco-terrorists and extremists by logging supporters. Mass arrests, invasive and humiliating cavity searches by police, physical assaults by armed Forest Guards, home raids and constant surveillance have been used to try and intimidate what is a strong, broad and peaceful movement to protect Bialowieza and turn the entire forest into a national park.
Come and hear all about it and maybe you too can join the hundreds who have travelled from all over Europe to support Bialowieza.