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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Ana María Gutiérrez Soranen: La vida en Europa es, a veces, como un sacrificio

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Ana María Gutiérrez Soranen

El fin de semana pasado salió a la luz pública el triste caso de dos mujeres que en una calle de Helsinki, fueron seguidas por dos policías vestidos de civil y que les demandaron presentar sus pasaportes. Estas mujeres eran la madre y hermana de un conocido músico finlandés, “Musta Barbaari”, cuyo nombre de pila es James Nikander.

Ya con anterioridad hemos leido noticias de que la policía de Finlandia, de vez en cuando, hace operativos en las calles y pide documentos de identificación a la gente. Al parecer, esto se hace para capturar a inmigrantes irregulares.

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En Finlandia es prohibido, dar trato diferencial a la gente por su apariencia física.

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Skärpt asylpolitik – Hur behandlas asylansökningarna?

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Låg och bläddrade igenom min Facebook då jag stötte på ett inlägg som en av mina Facebook vänner hade delat – Skärpt asylpolitik känns konkret på förläggningarna heter artikeln som Svenska Yle har publicerats och som handlar om asylsökanden i Finland och hur dessa ansökan behandlas.

Som vi alla vet så har det varit mycket tala om flyktingar och asylsökande i Finland och situationen blir bara svårare för dessa asylsökande efter att många ändringar och beslut har getts ut från immigrationsverket och riksdagen.

Första förändringen som skedde i den 16 Maj 2016 då man uteslöt helt och hållet den internationella humanistiska skyddet, sedan kom ett nytt besked som det meddelades om i det Finländska median att Irak är ett tryggt land.

Och före denna beslut gavs ut hände det ett stort explosion som dödade upp till 500 personer och flera hundra skadade.

Efter det började det komma många besked om avslag på asylansökan för Irakier. Här nedan kan man se resultaten på asylansökan. Endast under Juni 2016 fick 77 % negativa asyl besked.

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Och det bara fortsätter. Efter att migrationsverket har fastställt att Irak, Afghanistan och Somalia är tryggt land så sjönk ju de flesta asylsökandens hopp om att få stanna i Finland.

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Perussuomalaiset MP Leena Meri: Hiding coded bigotted statements as jokes

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One matter is what happened on Friday to singer Musta Barbaari’s mother and sister when they were stopped by plainclothes police Friday, the other is a bigotted comment by an anti-immigration politician and former police officer concerning the alleged ethnic profiling case. The MP, who is a member of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, Leena Meri, said that if the singer doesn’t like living in Finland he’s welcome to go back to where he came from.

What the MP didn’t grasp at first is that the singer is a native Finn from the city of Turku.

Meri, whose anti-immigration and human rights opinions are well-known, apologized Tuesday for what she said in Ilta-Sanomat, a tabloid that gained notoriety in the 1990s for labeling minorities like the Somalis in a racist manner. She wrote off what she said by claiming it was “a joke” and she didn’t mean to hurt anyone.

The PS MP’s apology is a good example of how low Finland’s politicians and the police service have stooped in recent years.

Meri worked as a police service officer before she was elected to parliament.

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Read full story (in Finnish) here.

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Beri Jamal: My Thoughts

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Beri Jamal*

Sa de inte – Didn’t they say är namnet på denna låt, en låt som släpptes ut under det blodiga sekterism kriget år 2007, ett krig som ledde till att Sunni dödade Shia och Shia dödade Sunni muslimer – det var ett blod bad i Irak och idag upprepas blodbadet men denna gång är bovarna starkare än Sunni muslimer och Shia muslimer.

Mo Galou är en video som påminner mig om hur mycket grymheter Irak har varit med om, den påminner mig om hur mitt land har fått vara med om död, blod och sorg men den väcker hos mig känslan för mitt land och för mitt folk – Irak är ett land som inte komma att uppleva glädje så länge det finns människor som har sålt sina samveten till djävulen.

Som de flesta vet så är jag halv kurd och halv arab. Min mamma är från Bagdad och min pappa är kurd från Mosel. Men det som gör mig till en irakisk kvinna är att jag är född i Irak Mosel. Många som är födda i Irak och har ett kurdiskt ursprung säger att de är kurder – inte irakier. Visst man kan säga man är kurd – men Irakisk kurd skulle jag säga, men för mig så var det svårt att veta vad jag var, men idag så vet jag – Jag är en Irakisk kvinna.

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When will the Finnish police service stop denying that ethnic profiling isn’t an issue?

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The Finnish police service acts as if it has never heard of ethnic profiling. Even if ethnic profiling cases by the police are rarely brought to the attention of the media, there was one case made public Friday by singer Musta Barbaari, whose mother and sister were – according to a Facebook posting – treated in “a rude manner” and were “humiliated publicly” by the police. 

Musta Barbaari writes on his Facebook wall that after spending the night in Helsinki’s city center, his mother and sister were stopped by two plainclothes police officers who asked them for their passport. Even if the posting and the

Even if the posting and the Helsingin Sanomat story doesn’t mention that the conversation with the police took place in the Finnish language, the singer’s sister refused to show her passport and asked the police why they were being arbitrarily stopped and questioned.

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!”

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Read full statement here.

The singer has brought criminal charges against the police.

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How “safe” is Iraq? Who is safe in Iraq?

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An Isis suicide attack ripped Baghdad Sunday causing the death toll to rise today to 217 dead., according to Al Iraqya TV

It wasn’t a long time ago when the Finnish Immigration Service (FIS) with the ok of the government, which comprises of the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS),* Center Party and National Coalition Party, stated that Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia are safe countries to return asylum seekers.

These are apparently “safe” countries to return asylum seekers. The foreign ministry advises Finns not to visit these three countries.

So while members of the PS, government, and public officials enjoy their peaceful holidays by a quiet lake, there is a slaughter house not too far away where you can feel the chilling breath of death.

Viewer discretion is advised. The content of the pictures below may be disturbing.

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