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Are TWAFA in the pockets of Northumbria Police?

2nd September 2012

Civil Liberty correspondent

 
Newcastle Civic Centre where TWAFA has its HQ
Newcastle Civic Centre where TWAFA has its HQ
 
Evidence has emerged that the publicly-funded Tyne & Wear Anti-Fascist Association (TWAFA) is colluding with Northumbria Police and monitoring political activists from both the radical right and radical left.

TWAFA is funded by local councils in Tyne & Wear (Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside, all Labour-controlled) and the Northumbria Police Authority, which is soon to be replaced by an elected police commissioner later this year.

TWAFA is organised from Newcastle Civic Centre by a trade union official, Paul Gibson, who runs TWAFA from the Unison offices (rent free!) trousering approximately 25,000 from the taxpayer in order to monitor political dissidents in the North East of England. TWAFA's membership includes Labour councillors, trade union members and far-left activists whose main aim is to stop the growth of nationalist political organisations in the area.

Now, it seems, TWAFA's purpose may extend to monitoring its own side of the political divide following repeated demonstrations in Sunderland by members of the BNP and National Front, which have been opposed by the far-left activists and local Muslims. At the latest BNP demo in Sunderland, outside a halal sandwich shop, masked 'anti-fascist' supporters appeared much to the consternation of local police commanders. However, a National Front demonstration outside a proposed mosque in the city this weekend was unopposed. Obviously, the lure of an English Defence League march in Walthamstow, in London, and a Scottish Defence League protest in Dundee proved more attractive.

Later this year, members of the North East Infidels (an EDL splinter group) are planning to hold a demonstration outside the proposed mosque in Sunderland and Northumbria Police will be desperate for information concerning any proposed counter-protest by the far-left.

TWAFA was originally allied with the violent anarchist Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) group, now defunct, which in turn was supported by the Searchlight organisation before both sides fell out over Searchlight's alleged links with the security services. Following the acrimonious split within Searchlight at the end of last year, TWAFA has now sided with the Hope not Hate campaign group (effectively controlled by a faction of the Labour Party), led by Nick Lowles, the former Searchlight editor and media researcher, who is regarded as a state-friendly establishment tout by his many critics on the left.

Many supporters of TWAFA will be shocked by the possibility that TWAFA is now informing on its own side. However, since Northumbria Police help pay for TWAFA that really should come as no surprise. The Soviet-style policy of political containment continues to this day in the 'rotten boroughs' of the North East of England!

You can read more about TWAFA.

You can read an excellent article concerning state infiltration and police informers.

 

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