The Finnish police, who are investigating neo-Nazi Kansalinen Vastarinta (KV) activists for storming a book event on the far right in Jyväskylä in late-January, have found over 300 photos and personal information of “enemies” on one of the suspect’s memory stick, according to the police.
Writes YLE in English: “The [memory] stick contained details about the religious and political convictions of people he regarded as political enemies. The information was kept under different categories, including ‘right-wing’, ‘left-wing’, ‘Jews’, ‘race traitors’ and ‘elite clubs.’”
The illegal list of people , which included Jews, was reported in the Israeli media, according to JTA.
The KV openly spreads anti-Semitism by glorifying National Socialism, the political ideology of Adolf Hitler’s Germany that reigned terror between 1933 and 1945.
JTA reports that Finnish Jews, which number about 2,000, have been told to exercise caution in disclosing information about the events on Facebook and other social media sites.
Three men with bottles and knives barged in on January 30 a book presentation in the central Finnish city of Jyväskylä on far-right extremism. One of the three men who stormed the event is still at large, according to the police.
Meanwhile, a decision by the Etelä-Karjala police to cancel a similar book event in the southern city of Kotka has raised questions about freedom of speech and the right to assembly in Finland, reports Helsingin Sanomat. According to the organizers, the fire department wouldn’t give the green light to the event because the fire-rescue plan wasn’t turned in before the two-week deadline.
The organizers said that a fire-rescue plan was not necessary since it is only needed if an event has more than 200 spectators.