The Swansea branch of Black Lives Matter has said it will dissolve for "the physical and mental safety" of its members.

In a social media post this evening, the BLM group implied that it will no longer campaign, alleging that far-right activists had turned up at the homes of its members.

"It’s a tough announcement from us at BLM Swansea," the post read.

"We’re dissolving our organisation for a number of reasons, including the physical and mental safety of all of our team members."

The group said that while it had carried out "important work", members had been subject to a police infiltration attempt, "doxxing" and far-right activists turning up at their homes.


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Doxxing refers to the act of publicly disclosing an individual's private, personal information - such as their home address, contact details or place of work - and is a common technique used in online harassment.

"Swansea has proven to be a tricky place to mobilise, and we have found it difficult to find volunteers and a considerable amount of our members left (understandably so) when South Wales Police attempted their infiltration," the group went on.

"We’ve had a great year and a half of organising but it’s time to dissolve our organisation - a decision which has been further cemented by the lack of community within organising spaces.

"We will leave all resources that we have shared for the community/organisations to use as they so wish.

"We deeply hope another progressive and proactive organisation appears that others can mobilise around in Swansea and our remaining members will wholeheartedly support that."

Formed in 2020, BLM Swansea has staged a number of racial justice protests in the south Wales city, campaigning against police brutality and the UK government's Policing Bill, and supporting vigils for Mouayed Bashir and Mohamud Hassan, two young Black men who died following police contact in early 2021.

Last year The Guardian revealed that South Wales Police officers had attempted to recruit a BLM Swansea activist as an informant.

The activist, law student Lowri Davies, had secretly recorded phone calls from an SWP officer calling herself "Rachel Williams", who had advised that she worked with police informants.

During the call, Williams is heard saying: "Our department, we work with police informants basically.

"It could be for a range of different reasons, some persons speak to us because of their involvement with drugs or burglary.

“Obviously, in your case the reason for the contact is because of your involvement with the protests.”

The officer told Ms Davies, a founding member of BLM Swansea, that SWP was only interested in information about far-right activists who had protested at Black Lives Matter demonstrations in south Wales.

But she also told Davies that nobody could know they were meeting, adding: "We are not seen anywhere.

"We would arrange to meet you where we know you’re not going to be compromised, and where nobody is going to see you with us.”

Davies said that she met up with two police officers who spent more than an hour trying to recruit her as an informant.

Describing the experience as "distressing", Ms Davies told The Guardian that she believed the talk of far-right activists was a "grooming" tactic intended to make the idea of supplying information to the police more palatable to her.

Former Scotland Yard detective Frank Matthews, who recruited police informants for 25 years, commented at the time: "“Why would you approach a Black Lives Matter activist for information about the far right?

"It does not make sense.”

Last year a number of campaigners noted that backlash from authorities over racial justice protests in Wales had taken a toll on their mental health.

Bianca Ali, who was given a £2,000 fine after attending BLM  protests in Cardiff, told WalesOnline"When they issued the fine, around eight to 10 police officers attended my property to do so.

"I was home alone, I didn't answer the door because I was scared."

Adding that officers had been verbally abusive to her in the street and had repeatedly parked outside her house, she said: "It's just been non-stop, the stress of the fine on its own has been on another level, yet alone being harassed like this."

Ms Ali's fine was quashed in court.

She also described receiving racist abuse and threats of violence from the public through social media: "I've got children in my family who regularly attend my property, but I’ve had to limit that in the last few months, because I've been scared of somebody finding out where I live and targeting my home."

An anti-racism march called by Stand Up To Racism and supported by the Wales Trades Union Congress will take place in Cardiff on Sunday 20th March at 12:00.

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