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  • EC wants to punish Poland. Szyszko keeps logging anyway.

    European Commission is about to impose penalty for the logging, whereas Szyszko keeps devastating the Forest and hurriedly sells harvested timber. After Minister Szyszko was interrogated in Luxemburg, the European Commission has 4 days to justify their request to punish Poland. Poland has 4 days for a reply. It might be assumed that after such [&he...

  • Just before the session in the European Court of Justice – more dangerous but efficient protests

    The last days before the session in the European Court of Justice brought more dangerous but efficient protests. We already informed you about the life threatening situation with the forwarder’s operator trying to run over a group of activists. (Read our previous post). On September 6, about 50 activists from the Camp for the Forest and Gre...

  • Dangerous behaviour of a machine operator

    After a few days with harvesters parked instead of working, the situation is back to what it had been. Yesterday (5/9/2017), during a patrol, 4 activists came across a harvester and a forwarder in the old-growth forest in the Forest District of Bialowieza (one of the three districts, and the one where any logging is […]...

  • A few days of peace and quiet in the Forest

    Thursday and Friday were days of relief, as harvesters and forwarders that had been devastating the Forest remained at their parking spaces. During these days Dzika Polska and Camp for the Forest activists supported Greenpeace Poland – a group that had been blocking a transport of timber since the blockade on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The […]...

  • The biggest blockade in the Forest

    The last blockade (30.08.) was the biggest one in the history of the protests. About 60 activists took part – from the Camp for the Forest, Greenpeace, Dzika Polska. Polish activists were supported by people from Slovakia, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Finland, Turkey and Hungary. Apart from blocking the machines d...

  • Three months of protests in the Forest and another blockade

    Three months of protest in the Bialowieza Forest   Yesterday three months passed since the first blockade of heavy machines cutting down the Bialowieza Forest. The logging has not come to an end – neither have the blockades. Yesterday a harvester and a forwarder were blocked for about two hours near Świnoroje, in Browsk Forest […]...

  • Polish response to European Court of Justice

    Last Monday Polish vice Prime Minister from PiS (the right-wing party in rule) expressed his opinion that the Bialowieza Forest should remain untouched and serve as a nature sanctuary. It sounded maybe not promising but hopeful, as it was the first public voice of a significant politician from the right side that was against the […]...

  • Provocations and a demonstration of power by the State Forests and their supporters

    On Sunday (Aug. 20th) a march of foresters from all over Poland took place in Bialowieza. After provocations from last week, this event is a demonstration of power. So, first about the provocations. On the blockade of trucks a man with a mobile appeared at the site and started filming one of the activists from […]...

  • Trucks with timber blocked in the Forest

    On the 16th of August another blockade of trucks carrying out logs from the Forest took place on one of the forest roads. Two trucks were transporting logs from Bialowieza Forest District – European Commission and the European Court of Justice banned logging and removing timber from this forest district. The timber was extracted in […]...

  • (Inter)national march for the Bialowieza Forest

    On Sunday, August 13., a big march for the Bialowieza Forest took place near Pogorzelce (vicinity of Bialowieza). Despite the rainy weather, the event gathered together about 800 people who met to demonstrate their disagreement with the World Heritage being cut down to the ground and changed into planks and plywood. Local inhabitants also wanted [&...