A Nazi-affiliated hate website has appealed for the personal information of members of the public, after publishing photos of people who took part in Saturday’s ‘Newcastle Unites’ march.
Redwatch carries the slogan “Remember places, traitors’ faces, they’ll all pay for their crimes” – a quote from Ian Stuart Donaldson, the frontman of white power rock band Skrewdriver before his death in 1993.
Now the faces of dozens of people from Saturday’s counter demonstration against the anti-islamist group Pegida UK have been posted online under the ‘North East Reds’ section of the site.
Anyone can access the website as long as they agree to do so in the knowledge that it contains ‘potentially controversial‘ material intended for reference purposes and not unlawful activity.
In the North East Reds section, the site says that any information on ‘the freaks’ photographed at the Newcastle march would be gratefully received, along with a statement detailing a desire to increase activity in the region.
Redwatch gained nationwide notoriety in 2006, when Alec McFadden, a long-term union activist from Merseyside, was repeatedly stabbed in the face in his doorway – his picture and home address had been published on the site.
However, Newcastle Councillor Dipu Ahad, who helped organise the Newcastle Unites march, disagrees.
He received numerous threats over social media before the march, including one threatening him with beheading.
“It’s all about intimidation, whether it’s through threats of beheading on twitter or being named on this site.
“They’re trying to keep mouths shut and the police need to deal with this.
“Anybody who spots themselves or anyone they know on that site should report it to the police immediately.”
Source – Northern Echo, 03 Mar 2015
An anti-unemployment centre that has helped thousands of people find work is appealing for funds to repair its city home.
The TUC’s Newcastle and Gateshead Centre Against Unemployment was founded in 1977 and moved to its current home on the Cloth Market in 1986.
But in recent years it has seen funding cut and damage to the building itself following a number of burglaries. “In the last four to five years, the centre has struggled by, continuing to offer advice and education courses,” said founder Alec McFadden.
“Though these days it is run by a small group of volunteers.”
Singer Cat Stevens cut the ribbon and opened the centre after £42,000 was raised in just three months to buy and renovate the building almost three decades ago.
And now supporters are to come together again, at a meeting on December 4, with the hope it can once again see the sort of backing that saw the centre able to pay off its mortgage in just 10 days.
“We had such support from unions and the people of Tyneside that the mortgage on the building was cleared almost straight away,” said Alec.
“Back then, the GMB loaned us around £10,000 and Newcastle City Council gave a grant of £11,000 to restore the building, put in new windows and put new heating in.
“But in the years since then, while helping probably 200,000 to 400,000 people with everything from employment to asbestos exposure and vibration white finger claims, we’ve had some damage.
“Some of that is as a result of a break-in that saw a skylight smashed, with water getting in.
“Realistically, we’re looking at needing an initial £35,000 to restore the building once again, carrying out some roof repairs which are needed.
“And we also need to raise money for staff, as when we started we had six full-time staff, and now there is none.”
The meeting will take place on December 4 at 6pm at the Centre, at 4 Cloth Market.
Anyone interested in becoming involved and helping the centre with fundraising can call 0191 232 4606.
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 03 Dec 2014