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Inside TG Pacifico: how the Teachers Group is expanding its business empire with secret ‘Commercial Enterprises’

Inside TG Pacifico:  how the Teachers Group is expanding its business empire with secret ‘Commercial Enterprises’

THE TEACHERS GROUP IS SECRETLY EXPANDING its worldwide commercial empire with new chains of High Street shops and other profit-making ventures in Africa, South America, Europe and the USA.

The new drive for profit-making enterprises is co-ordinated through a ‘business school’ and a secret ‘Commercial Enterprises Department’ at its world headquarters in Mexico, TG Pacifico.

Documents and company papers leaked from the futuristic $10m complex in Baja California show that senior Teachers Group bosses have mounted a campaign to involve TG members in commercial trading enterprises and stores selling sofas, office furniture and used clothes – for profit.

Photo: Enrique Botello Abarca

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Timeline

Timeline

1960s: Amdi Petersen founds radical commune in Odense, Denmark

1967-69: Petersen travels on hippie trail to India and twice around the world, conceives the idea of alternative school system

1969: First ‘Travelling Folk High School’ (DRH School) opens, Fanø Island, Denmark

1970: Inauguration of the ‘U Group’, precursor of the Teachers Group

1972: ‘Necessary Teachers Training College’ (DNS) opens, Tvind, Denmark

1977: Second hand clothes collections begin and UFF founded, Denmark.  Inauguration of Fælleseje (‘Common Ownership Trust’). Read more

Key documents

Key documents

Official papers

Danish police case summary – ‘Exhibit C’ (Danish Police Department of Serious Economic Crime, Holstebro) November 2001

FBI Report on Tvind (USA) June 2001

List of Humanitarian Fund members 1987-1999 (Danish court documents)

Report on UFF for SIDA, Swedish Development Office (The Valdelin Report. 1991) (We are searching for a copy of this document)

Danish Court papers – transcripts of evidence (in Danish)
(Too many pages to post, but we can make PDF keyword searches on request) Read more

Media Reports

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‘The Truth Behind USAgain Donation Bins’

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The latest article in the series "In Search of the Teachers Group" is now online at Byline Media:

www.byline.com/column/41/article/721

it's about TG Pacifico, the amazing Tvind headquarters in Mexico. As well as the possibility that Amdi Petersen is living in the complex, the article deals with the TG 'Business School' and secret 'Commercial Enterprises Department' run by the Tvind Teachers Group leaders, now opening even more shops and for-profit enterprises in Africa and South America.

"The Wanted Cult Leader - Caught in a Gilded Cage" by Michael Durham is at www.byline.com/column/41/article/721 (free to read). If you visit, please consider sponsoring my work by becoming a crowdfunding supporter. Photo: Enrique Botello Abarca.
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