Double standards by the Finnish police. Who can insult whom?

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These two videos speak volumes about the differential treatment of asylum seekers and white Finns by the police. In the first video, the Finnish police handcuff two Finnish-speaking asylum seekers at the immigration detention center of Joutseno. One of them apparently for saying something inappropriate.

One of the many matters that are interesting to watch in the video below is how well two asylum seekers speak Finnish. It is ironic that they are at an immigration detention center showing off their good Finnish-language skills.

Learning Finnish is important but it isn’t a panacea for your integration problems in this country. Migrants are, however, near-constantly fed this simplistic myth.

The video below (see 2:88-3:40 min) the first one, a white Finnish anti-immigration protestor is videotaping the police at a demonstration and openly insulting them by stating in their faces that they are “traitors,” “pigs, shit, and dickheads.”

The Finn continues to insult the police, but nothing happens to him.

What would happen if an asylum seeker did the same?

You wouldn’t hear the sound of silence but the door of a police cell shutting.


 

In this video (in Finnish) taken at the immigration detention center of Joutseno in eastern Finland, the police enter to detain and handcuff two asylum seekers who speak Finnish and who are apparently awaiting deportation. They detain and handcuff a second one who said something that the police didn’t like.

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Facebook Mohammad Javid: Germany in the 1930s, Finland today

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Nazi Germany during the 1930s, Finland today. 

Thank you, Mohammad Javid for the heads-up! 

Some anti-immigration activists tell asylum seekers to leave the country. Sounds familiar?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Rejoice 100 years of Finland’s treatment of migrants and minorities

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Should we boycott Finland’s centenary celebrations? One hundred years of building a white Finnish-speaking Lutheran society has not only whitewashed my roots and who my family was but on top of that continues to exclude me from being treated as an equal member of society. Do you have the courage to not only see but change how Finland treats migrants and minorities as well as eliminate the foul language it uses to label and perpetuate its power and privilege?

Those groups that don’t have power and privilege are not respected. “Finland is a free country. Here we sew [national] costumes, buy and sell them. Let the Finns rejoice and respect the Saami and their roots.  Source: Suohpanterror.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The most dangerous racists and bigots of Finland

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What is more dangerous, an openly racist party like the Perussuomalaiset* or politicians of mainstream parties who tow the line on structural racism, bigotry and do absolutely nothing to change matters. For me, the most dangerous group are the latter, who state with a poker face that they are against racism and don’t do anything about tackling such social ills. 

They are the same people who are now speaking of no-go zones in Sweden. There are no such things as no-go zones. That’s a racist urban tale. 

* After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity.  One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic. 

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

 

Reija Härkönen: Hallituksen inhimillisyysvaje

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Ihmisten kunnioittava, toisensa hyväksyvä yhdessäolo on parasta.

Poliitikot, viimeksi ministeri Risikko tänään Ylellä, toistelevat mantraa polarisaatiosta ja siitä, että ”muut” eivät uskalla osallistua keskusteluun, kun on ne ääripäät. Koska minä uskallan julkisesti vastustaa rasistista ja uusfasistista politiikkaa ja vääryyksiä, kuulunen siis näiden ”tolkun” poliitikkojen määrittämään ääripäähän.

Tolkuttajien mielestä minun ja kaltaisteni pitäisi osata olla hiljaa, tai puhua hellästi, jotta en estäisi muita osallistumasta. Mutta tiedättekö mitä: minäkin kuuluin siihen hiljaiseen enemmistöön, joka ei edes kulmakarvastoa hyppäyttänyt, kun halla-ahotyyppiset poliitikot alkoivat liikehtiä. Tilanne kuitenkin eskaloitui niin, että omatunto ei vaiennut. Heti alkuun kansalaiskeskustelijalle kävi ilmeiseksi, että kiltin tädin rooli ei toimi: kukaan ei korvaansa lotkauta, maailma on täynnä hymistelijöitä, me miehet tehdään tässä nyt töitä.

Ainoa, mitä saattoi seurata, oli muutama vedä itses hirteen -viesti sähköpostissa.

Tästähän se johtuu, että keskusteluun ei uskalleta osallistua. Minunkin lähipiirini huolestui heti turvallisuudestani – ja vähän kai omastaankin.

Onkin niin, että ne keskustelevat, jotka uskaltavat. Muilla ei ole siihen mitään
mahdollisuuksia sen vuoksi, että se ainoa olemassa oleva ääripää on niin rivo, rankka ja päällekäypä.

Valitettavasti näyttää olevan myös niin, että nykyiselle hallitukselle tuo räyhäjoukkio on melkeinpä siunaus. Hallitus saa rauhassa toteuttaa omaa agendaansa eikä kunnon vastustusta synny. Oppositiopoliitikotkin ovat varovaisia. Vain harva uskaltaa ottaa jämäkästi kantaa pahimpiakaan epäinhimillisiä puheita vastaan. Osaa hillitsee pelko, toisia uhka äänestäjien kaikkoamisesta.

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Tämäkin on osa hallituksen maahanmuuttopolitiikkaa.

Pienet, toistuvat myönnytykset hallituksen taholta pitävät vihapuhepoliitikot tyytyväisinä. Perussuomalaisetkin keskittyvät nyt räksyttämään nyhtöpersujen takinkäännöstä, mutta seuraavat mielihyvällä, kuinka hallitus yhä tarmokkaammin toteuttaa maahanmuutto-ohjelmaa, jonka taustalla lymyävien arvojen piti olla hallituksen kahdelle puolueelle ja yhdelle yhdistykselle vastenmielisiä.

Jos olisi kysymys normaaleista poliittisista päätöksistä, asia olisi selvä: demokraattisesti muodostettu hallitus toteuttaa haluamaansa politiikkaa. Kun kuitenkin puhutaan siitä, kuinka pitkälle muukalaisvihamielisten tahojen sallitaan sanella hallituksen toimia, ollaan hakoteillä.

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MTV: Normalizing racism and bigotry in Finland with Jussi Halla-aho’s help

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After attending a European Network Against Racism in Brussels that ended Saturday, I discovered on my arrival to Finland that Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Chairman Jussi Halla-aho, convicted for ethnic agitation in 2012 and who built his political career on Islamophobia, is now a columnist in MTV, Finland’s largest privately owned television station. 

The big question is why Halla-aho and what does it say about the hostile anti-immigration and anti-cultural diversity atmosphere in Finland?

It reveals, in my opinion, the continuing role of the media in normalizing racism and bigotry in this country.

Few will disagree that the PS under Halla-aho’s leadership is now unmistakably a far-right party that belongs in the same league as Marine Le Pen’s Front Nationale, Sweden Democrats, Danish People’s Party, AfD of Germany, UKIP, among others.


Cartoon by Sira Moksi.

In a statement by MTV3 managing editor Ilkka Ahtiainen, he justifies inviting Halla-aho because he’s chairman of the PS.

Fine, but there is one flaw in his statement that exposes a problem in the debate on our ever-growing cultural diverse society in Finland: It is a friendly debate only between white Finns.

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Stop Killing Rohingya demonstration to take place on Friday (Sept. 15) in Turku (Yliopistokatu 21) at 4pm-5:30pm

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Abdel Bettahar, one of the organizers of the Stop Killing Rohingya demonstration this Friday in Turku (Yliopistokatu 25) says that protest aims to help people understanding of the persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

“We are apolitical and our only aim is that people would understand the persecution that the Rohingya are suffering [at the hands of the Myanmar army],” said Bettahar, who is a member of the Mulsim Youth Forum. “We have people of all faiths and backgrounds that will take part in the demonstration.”

Bettahar said that global reaction to the atrocities against the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya has been slow but has now come to light.

“This is an important issue and we have to take action to support these people in the name of humanity,” he concluded.

Go to the original Facebook link here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Finland’s ever-racist and ever-injust society

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Where Finland thought it could find strength in nationalism is today its greatest stumbling block. Finland is such a white society today that it has a serious blind spot for detecting fascism, racism, and bigotry. Our impaired view and lack of leadership are creating an ever-racist and ever-injust society. 

The signs about our society’s issues with racism are right in front of us. Most of us don’t want to see them never mind challenge them. This picture was taken by a reader at a bus stop in Mikkeli.