Media links Danish organisation to arms

Caymanian Compass/1991
By Rick Catlin

The controversial Danish-based organization Tvind, whose ties to the Cayman Islands have been outlined in previous Caymanian Compass stories, has been linked to international terrorism, guerrilla training and weapons, and communist rebel movements in Africa by a Danish newspaper and Norwegian National Television (NRK).

The Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten (pronounced U-lands) said in a recent story the Tvind movement - also called Development Aid from People (DAPP), Humana, Travelling High School, Frontline Institute and UFF in various countries around the world - was involved with guerrilla training and a cache of weapons in Denmark.

"A former Tvind leader saw black men training with machine guns and hand grenades on the Tvind property in Denmark in 1986," said the story.

The former leader said he was at the Tvind farm in Ulfborg with a female Tvind worker when seven or eight black men came running out from the farm. Each of them was carrying a machine gun and hand grenades in their belts."

"The woman told me the men were from Mozambique and had a need for help in the fight against their enemies who had weapons." The woman then asked him to help train the men, he said.

The man said he saw "boxes with GARAND guns, 9mm ammunition and TNT explosives," at Tvind's main warehouse.

"Soon after that, I disappeared from Tvind. I felt threatened. I do not wish a give my name," concluded the man to Jyllands Posten. The newspaper said the man gave his information to the Danish Interior Police (PET) who tapped Tvind's telephones and kept the warehouse under observation. But because PET could not guarantee weapons would be found if a search were conducted, Justice Minister Erik Ninn Hansen refused to authorise a search of the property.

Jyllands Posten also discussed Tvind books and pamphlets that are "based on Tvind's contacts to foreign guerrilla groups," and "contain material on ways in the war to overturn a standing government."

"In Tvind's travelogue from Ireland, it is explained how the outlawed lrish Republican Army uses homemade gasoline bombs against police, airports, railroad stations and British Ministries," ran the article.

In another Tvind book entitled, Palestine, a People in War, it described a stay by young Tvind students at a Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) partisan camp in the&..[unreadable]&.the blowing up of planes, military&exercises and training.

The book, "Dare to Fight, Dare to Win" published by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP), gives a detailed description of a man placing a bomb at a supermarket in Durban, South Africa.

"At 5 p.m. there were mostly white people on the street. The attempt is successful. The man sees the flames and hears the screams before slipping away on a bus."

Another DAPP publication, said Jyllands Posten, "glorifies the Cuban revolutionary hero Che Guevara and the Shining Path communist guerrillas of Peru. The name "Shining Path" refers to one of Mao Tse Tung's teachings."

Jyllands Posten said Tvind spokesperson Paul Jorgensen in Denmark has declined to comment on the story. Jorgensen has previously admitted to the newspaper that Henning Bjornlund (also known as Henry Henning) is a member of the Tvind organization and has been in the Cayman Islands on Tvind business. Henning Bjornlund signed papers in Holland to form DAPP there.

Jorgensen, himself, once signed a document as "Chairman of Development Aid from People to People."

The Caymanian Compass has obtained copies and extracts of literature printed under the name "Development Aid from People to People."

One such book is entitled: "We love Africa... Liberation Movement Leaders. Voices Against Apartheid&Development Aid from People to People."

One passage in the book spoke of shooting various people, including Nelson Mandela.

Said the book: "We will shoot them with guns....Here is Le Graanje.

Tvind being investigated

The Caymanian Compass has learned that in the London borough of Hounslow, Humana (another name for DAPP)is now the subject of an official investigation.

"For some time I have been following up some serious concerns about an organisation called Humana," said Highway Enforcement Officer Mr Richard Lugg of that borough "At the moment they operate in our borough, but we hope to be able to curb their activities shortly," he said. Mr Lugg said the investigation concerns posing as a non-profit organisation and accepting donations while in actuality selling and using those donations for profits.

Also, the results of a two year investigation by Dutch Police Inspector Henry Ankala into Humana fund-raising activities in that country are expected to be revealed in the next few weeks.

The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has also been investigating Tvind's worldwide activities.

"My job as a consultant to SIDA is to assess the work of Development Aid from People to People determine if they deserve another grant," said John Valdelin of Interconsult in Sweden.

He said for the past several years, SIDA has given Tvind $2 million each year to help in Third World development.

"We are now wondering where that money has gone and I am very interested in what they are doing in the Cayman Islands and Africa," said Valdelin. He said he has traced some of the money to a profit-making clothing factory in Morocco. he said Tvind denied owning that company and said it was owned by International Emergency Centre (IEC).

Upon investigation, however, Valdelin said he traced IEC to an accounting office in Londonwho gave him the phone number of 809-947-7500 to contact International Emergency Centre Personnel at.

That number is the Cayman Island fax/telephone number listed to Tropical Farming ltd in East End.

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