Terrorism och våld

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Fredags mys med film och snacks kanske finns hos de som tycker att livet är härligt.

Då våldet börjar komma allt mer närmare oss här i Europa. Först Frankrike, sedan Belgien, sedan Frankrike igen och ny Tyskland… visst är det skrämmande?

Att hör att sju dödades i München och Tyskland meddelar om akut situation i staden då vet du att det börjar bli allt mer skrämmande..

Jag själv börjar tycka att det börjar bli allt mer skrämmande.. o vem kan du lita på och var kan du röra dig? Borde du undvika platser med människor samlingar?

Vilka är det som ligger bakom all terror som händer nu i Europa? Vilka är de “dåliga och farliga” “muslimerna?

Jag ska berätta saker som borde inte sägas för det nämns aldrig vilken nationalitet dessa terrorister har. Men för att återgå till vilka är de dåliga “muslimerna” så skall jag berätta lite vad jag vet.

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Five years after 22/7 the Nordic region continues to bleed hatred

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Is it a coincidence that Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Youth leader Sebastian Tynkkynen wants to make hate speech possible by doing away with laws that prohibit it? Is it a coincidence that he states openly and publicly, like PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, that Finland should rid itself of Muslims?

PS Youth put out a statement a day before the fifth anniversary of the mass killings in Norway by Anders Breivik that asks those punishable offenses like ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion should be stricken off the penal code.

Not only has the PS remained silent and in holiday mode in the face of what Tynkkynen and Hakkarainen said, but there’s been total silence as well from the leaders of the Center Party and National Coalition Party.

Considering that the 77 deaths committed by Breivik in 2011 were and still are the worst case of terrorism to strike the Nordic region, it is shocking how rapidly we have forgotten and allowed hate speech, racism, and bigotry to grow in the past five years.

 

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The monument at Utøya island in Norway to the victims of 22/7. Source: designboom.

Even if many have forgotten what happened on 22/7 and would care less about hate speech, we and many others haven’t forgotten.

The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” 

Reija Härkönen: Kuulutko vaikenevaan enemmistöön

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Reija Härkönen

Sanotaan, että juutalaisten joukkomurha Saksassa ei olisi ollut mahdollista, jos vaikeneva enemmistö olisi kunnolla asettunut vastustamaan tapahtumien kulkua. Jälkeenpäin on ollut vaikea saada selville miksi kävi niin, että tavalliset, hyvät ihmiset antoivat sen kaiken tapahtua.

Kun ihmisiä on haastateltu, on käynyt ilmi, että paljon kuitenkin tiedettiin. Totta kai sellaiset asiat, vaikka niitä salailtaisiinkin, aina kulkeutuvat ihmisten tietoon. Ensin huhuina, aikaa myöten yhä hurjempina tietoina. Niin hurjina, että monen on ollut vaikea uskoa, että se kaikki oli totta.

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Siinä vaiheessa kuitenkin on ollut jo myöhäistä tehdä mitään: organisaatiota on rakennettu vuosikymmenien ajan. Lähes jokaisesta perheestä joku on mukana toiminnassa, näyttävien menojen ja juhlallisuuksien avulla on saatu ihmiset vakuuttumaan uusien vallanpitäjien kyvykkyydestä. Viha on väkevä väline etenkin taloudellisesti vaikeina aikoina. Mieleltään kieroutuneet ja ahneet poliitikot käyttävät meillä ja muualla hyväkseen ihmisten intoa lähteä mukaan joukkoon, jolle annetaan julkinen lupa vihata toisia ihmisiä, jotakin ryhmää, joka valheellisin syin nostetaan tikunnokkaan ja syljeksittäväksi .

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Housing discrimination occurs in Finland and is underreported by the media

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A news story in YLE News about housing  for immigrants highlights one area where discrimination happens but is underreported by the media. Contrary to discrimination in the labor market and at night clubs, reported by YLE, housing is another area where migrants and minorities face discrimination. 

A common urban tale spread by anti-immigration groups and bigots is that Finland’s neighborhoods are turning into ghettos because migrants don’t want to integrate.

Migrants and minorities live in nighborhoods with others of the same background because of council housing, they are less prone to suffer from racist harassment and because they are excluded from renting in other parts of the city.

Groups like Somalis are exceptionally dependent on the social rental sector due to its affordability and reliability. In 2003 some 70% of Somalis in Helsinki lived in council housing, predominantly flats; only 1% of them lived in owner-occupied housing.

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Read full story here.

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The Perussuomalaiset is an extremist party that is unfit to rule Finland

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There’s overwhelming evidence that the populist anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* is an extremist party especially when it comes to its views on immigration and cultural diversity. But here’s a question to the Finnish media: If the PS is an extremist party why aren’t they called that?

Why does the foreign media call the PS a far-right party but in Finland we don’t?

In 2014, for example, the Huffington Post listed the PS as one of the nine scariest parties to be elected to the European parliament and in the “good” company of xenophobic and neo-Nazi parties like the National Front of France and Golden Dawn of Greece, respectively.

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Read full posting here. Matias Turkkila uses opportunistically, like PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, xenophobia to prop up support for the party, which has plummeted in the polls.

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Turning Finland into a post-Brexit United Kingdom mess where xenophobia, privilege and disunity are the rule

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It was yesterday when I tweeted with a person who expressed extremist views about immigration as Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Teuvo Hakkarainen does on a Facebook posting stating that as a result of the carnage we saw in Nice, France, we should close our borders and prohibit people from the Middle East and Africa from entering Finland.  

UPTDATE: According to Yasser Louati, a French human rights activist, claims that the attack that took place in Nice is a failure of the French government and that the state of emergency imposed by it hasn’t helped to make people in France more secure.

Louati states in an interview [1]: “You have a person from Nice killing people from nice [so] why would bombing Syria and Iraq give us more security?”

Certainly PS MP Hakkarainen sees an opportunistic chance to score brownie points with the blood of victims only a few days after PS MP Leena Meri made a bigoted statement together with two homophobic ones by MPs Mika Hartikainen and Laura Huhtasaari. The statements made by the three MPs were played down by PS chairman Timo Soini as something “funny” and “eccentric.”

In light of these politicians and Hakkarainen’s suggestion that Muslims and black Africans should be kept out of Finland, there’s no other conclusion that is reinforced: The PS is a racist and extremist party. They are not just any extremist and racist party but one that shares power in government together with the Center Party and National Coalition Party (NCP).

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Who’s to blame for xenophobia? Not migrants.
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Anonymous multiculturally challenged people making a point.

As long as you have a party like the PS and a government that permits racist statements with silence, xenophobia will continue to grow and devastate Finland.

Like the United Kingdom with Brexit, we too are playing with fire when our wishful thinking encourages us to search for empty nationalism in dark places like when we stick our heads in the sand.

 

The reason why the United Kingdom is in a colossal mess today and became, thanks to the referendum a divided and impoverished nation, is because of the lame response of those who should know better.

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PS MP Hakkarainen’s post on Facebook.

The PS has not only revealed our denial of social ills like racism, but it mocks simultaneously at our most noble Nordic values as a nation. It tells us that we are the victims of hypocrisy because those values like social equality don’t apply to us.

If the government lasts until the parliamentary elections of 2019, it’s clear that by then Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will hand over a divided country inflicted by social ills that will search for itself with its head in the sand.

The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” 

[1] Thank you Michael McEachrane for the heads-up. 

 

Are bigotry and racism something “funny” and “eccentric” PS chairman Timo Soini?

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Perussuomalaiset (PS)* chairperson and foreign minister, Timo Soini, brushed aside recent xenophobic and homophobic statements by MPs like Leena Meri, Laura Huhtasaari and Mika Raatikainen. 

Referring to the three MPs above, Soini states in a video clip below that politicians should be careful about what they publish on Facebook and Tweet since they are 100% proof that you made such a statement. Even so, he brushed off such comments by Meri, Raatikainen, and Huhtasaari as something that shouldn’t concern anyone.

“…so if a PS MP or other party official says something funny and eccentric then they [journalists] hash over it for weeks…”

Playing down the bigotry and racism that is rife in the PS by Soini is nothing new.

PS chairman and foreign minister, Timo Soini, playing down the PS’ bigotry and racism problem.

So what did MPs Meri, Raatikainen and Huhtasaari say?

Musician James Nikander, aka Musta Barbaari, filed charges against the police for the “rude manner” and humiliation that his mother and sister suffered at the hands of plainclothes police service officials a week ago.

Musta Barbaari writes: “The plainclothes police didn’t answer [my sister’s question] but proceeded to handcuff both of them rudely and forced my mother to lie on the ground. My sister asked once again why they were being treated in such a way and what they had done but didn’t get an answer from police. My mother feared for her life and thought she was going to be beaten since the behavior of the police was very rude!”

MP Meri stated on her Facebook wall that if the singer doesn’t like living in Finland he’s welcome to go back to where he came from.

One of the problems with Meri’s bigotted response is that the singer is a native Finn from the city of Turku.

In one statement, Meri exposed issues like ethnic profiling, white Finnish privilege, and the denial of racism by the police service.

But that’s not all and there’s more.

MP Raatikainen, who like Meri was a police official before he got elected to parliament, Tweets:

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Now that all homosexuals and others like them want (as always) to use the same toilets, washrooms etc.like heteros a question arises about the rights of heteros at swimming halls, locker rooms, in the army etc. Would it be, perhaps, fair for those that don’t want to be a victim of snooping homosexuals in one’s own locker room and they could go and wash and snoop freely snowehrere else?

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