Suomen ilmapiirin parantamiseksi tarvitaan järjestäytyneestä rasismista luopumista

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Väkivaltaisten rasististen ja fasististen järjestöjen lakkauttamisesta on vihdoinkin alettu keskustella.

SVL:n (Suomen Vastarintaliikkeen) toiminta on selkeästi lainvastaista ja on siis kiellettävä. Mutta on todettava, että se ei pysäytä rasismin ja väkivallan etenemistä Suomessa. Se ei pysähdy ennen kuin meillä on hallitus, joka ei salli tai jopa suosi rasismia ja väkivaltaa.

Kaikenlaiselle rasistiselle toiminnalle Suomessa on tehnyt tietä Perussuomalaiset r.p. Hommaforumin kautta tunnetuksi tullut ja äänikuninkaaksi noussut Jussi Halla-aho ja hänen perussuomalaiset aatetoverinsa ovat jo kymmenen vuotta jatkaneet keskeytyksettä rasistista kiihottamista.

Perussuomalaisen rasistiryhmittymän, ns. nuivan vaalimanifestin allekirjoittaneet ja ryhmän toimintaan myöhemmin sitoutuneet poliitikot ovat se alkujuuri, josta on lähtenyt liikkeelle mm. aggressiivinen Rajat kiinni –toiminta ja rekisteröitynyt katujengiketju ”Soldiers of Odin”. Perussuomalaiset ovat luoneet mahdollisuudet menestykseen monille netin roskajulkaisulle, kuten MV-lehdelle ja Magneettimedialle. Heidän henkisen tukensa avulla ovat saaneet lisää voimaa ja aatteen paloa myös erilaiset äärioikeistolaiset natsiryhmittymät, kuten SVL.

Kovin usein perussuomalaisten äärioikeistolaisuutta tarkasteltaessa nousee nykyisin esiin vain Olli Immonen, joka on julkaissut näkyvän fasistisia kommentteja ja jopa joutunut hetkeksi eroamaan eduskuntaryhmästä. Ei pidä unohtaa, että koko maahanmuuttajavastainen ryhmittymä työskentelee taukoamatta saman agendan eteen, vaikka into ehkä nyt hieman on hiipunut, kun suuren pakolaismäärän saavuttua Halla-ahokin on todennut pelin menetetyksi.

Käydäänpä muistin virkistämiseksi läpi rasistisen ”nuivan vaalimanifestin” allekirjoittajat:

Juho Eerola: kansanedustaja, allekirjoitushetkellä uusfasistisen Suomen Sisun jäsen. Rasistisista, natseja tukevista lausahduksistaan huolimatta Eerola nostettiin vastikään eduskunnan hallintovaliokunnan puheenjohtajaksi.

Jussi Halla-aho: Suomen Sisun jäsen. Facebook-sivullaan avointa, julkista muslimeja vastaan kiihottamista harjoittava europarlamentaarikko. Saanut tuomion kiihottamisesta kansanryhmää vastaan.

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Halla-ahoa tukevat myös perussuomalaiset, jotka itse eivät ole profiloituneet rasistisina toimijoina

James Hirvisaari: entinen kansanedustaja, perussuomalaisista natsimielisyyden vuoksi erotettu, Muutoksen riveissä agendaansa jatkanut Suomen Sisun jäsen. Saanut tuomion kiihottamisesta kansanryhmää vastaan.

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Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen: El caso de Jimi Karttunen

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El sábado pasado abrí el Facebook y me encontré con el trite aviso de un padre en el que decía que su hijo, Jimi Karttunen, de 28 años había muerto debido a golpizas sufridas en el centro de Helsinki y que la policía tenía conocimiento de los sucedido.

Han sido muchos los titulares y artículos que he leido sobre el caso. Según fuentes policiales, Jimi Karttunen fue interrogado en el hospital antes de morir. El muchacho contó que pasaba por el lugar donde una organización neonazi tenía una manifestación y que se había detenido y escupido y que luego fue atacado. La policía confirma el vínculo entre los neonazis y la muerte de Jimi Karttunen. Claro está que la policía de Finlandia continúa estudiando el caso.

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Punto Nórdico es un blog de Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen.

La organización neonazi que se manifestaba abiertamente en el centro de la capital finlandesa es el Movimiento de Resistencia Nórdico de Finlandia, organización dirigida por una central nórdica con sede en Suecia y cuyo objetivo es la instauración de un estado nacionalsocialista nórdico.

La opinión pública ha dado un rotundo NO a la violencia y ha condenado la muerte del joven. Lo mismo no se puede decir de los dirigentes políticos del país que guardan silencio sobre el caso.

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Anoche en el lugar donde Jimi Karttunen fue golpeado, la gente se congregó a darle el último adiós y a decir no a la violencia. Fotos publicadas por Eija Sini-Kaarina en Rasmus, una red en contra del racismo.

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Mauricio Farah Gebara: Crisis humanitaria en Tijuana y Mexicali

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El 26 de mayo pasado llegó el primer camión a Tijuana. Era el inicio de lo que hoy se ha convertido en una crisis humanitaria con miles de migrantes varados en esa ciudad y en Mexicali en espera de una ficha para poder solicitar asilo en Estados Unidos o bien aguardando la respuesta de ese país a la solicitud que ya han presentado algunos.

Los migrantes llegan a esa frontera desde Afganistán, Cuba, El Congo, Etiopía, Ghana, Haití, Irán, Nepal, Ucrania y otros países, flujos que se suman a los habituales procedentes de Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero y Michoacán, convirtiendo a la ciudad fronteriza en algo más que una Torre de Babel: la zona fronteriza de Baja California es hoy escenario de una crisis humanitaria.

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La capacidad de la Dirección de Atención al Migrante de Tijuana y de los albergues Centro Madre Asunta, Casa del Migrante Escalabrini, Ejército de Salvación y Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava es a la vez heroica y notoriamente insuficiente.

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Zaker: A refugees journey from Afghanistan to Europe

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My name is Zaker and I want to write about one of the refugees that lives in Finland today. Zaker isn’t his real name but he’s from Afghanistan. He’s 17 years old. 

“I was born in Afghanistan but when I was 1 year old my family immigrated to Iran.

I was deported from Iran to Afghanistan when I was 15 in 2014 because I didn´t have residence card even if I had lived in that country almost all my life.

I went to my cousin’s house in Ghazni when I returned back to Afghanistan.  After about one month, I forced to flee Afghanistan. When I arrived in Tehran, my father told me that you can’t stay here because you don’t have a residence permit. They may deport you again to Afghanistan and this time you may lose you life, he said.

My father sent me to Europe with my cousin because I was a minor at that time. We went to the Turkish border and after a 24-hour walk, we went to Itanbul. Our next destination was Greece. We had to wait about a month in Turkey before we could enter Greece. We ended up at the Greek-Turkish sea coast. At the beach, there were about 120 refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. We all got in a small ship. The sea was stormy.

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UPDATED: Iraqi asylum seeker takes his life after getting a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service

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Migrant Tales has heard that a nineteen-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker took his life on Sunday after the Finnish Immigration Service turned down his request for asylum. The death of the young man, which was posted in Facebook, shows how unbearable the situation has become for some asylum seekers.

 His name is Mohammed M. A. and he has lived in Finland for a year. He got a negative decision and his appeal was also turned down. He appears to have been a resident at the Ruskeasuo reception center run by the Red Cross.*

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Mohammed in semi-better times. Source: Facebook.

Migrant Tales published earlier this month a story about a young Iraqi asylum seeker who attempted to take his life spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Obviously, there’s a big difference between the situation now and the situation [in Finland] 7 months ago,” he said. “In the past, we heard that applications for asylum were never rejected. But now, out of a hundred people… only two to four  get asylum. We are not told why.”

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Some thoughts about Jimi Joonas Karttunen’s death and the hostility against our ever-growing culturally diverse society

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While we hope that the perpetrators of Jimi Joonas Karttunen’s death will be speedily brought to justice, there is one worrisome question we should ask in light of what took place: What kind of a country have we turned into? 

The answer to that questions has, I believe, its roots in colorblind racism, which acts as if skin color does not matter even when it does.

In the context of what happened to Karttunen, I call it neutralizing a social ill or problem. A good example of neutralization is when people justify racism, or find an excuse to do nothing about it, because it occurs in other countries.

Not only do the police neutralize ever-growing social ills like racism and far-right violence by justifying that “there is also left-wing violence,” it is an effective way to not challenge the racism and extremist ideology found among their ranks.

Why does the police have only one, yes one, black police officer?

Why does a survey of the police service in Finland reveal that about 50% of those surveyed voted for the National Coalition Party and anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset* party? What does the survey tell you about police  attitudes of cultural diversity if close to 80% of the police who were surveyed see asylum seekers as the greatest threat to Finland?

How come a former police chief, Mikko Paatero, fear-mongers with the publishing of a new book called “Faltering internal security?”

Finland’s parliament and the government do a lot of neutralizing as well in order not to challenge too strongly the racism, bigotry, and social inequality they promote directly or indirectly but doesn’t affect them firsthand.

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How come far-right anti-immigration sentiment, racism, and bigotry have not retreated even if one of the aims of the government’s program is to challenge racism? Is it because groups like SVL are white and at the end of the day “are one of us because they also defend our privilege?”

The hostility of this government against our ever-growing culturally diverse community is clearly evident in the recent laws they have passed tightening, for example, family reunification requirements.

Let’s hope that Karttunen’s death will not suffer the same fate when Labor MP Jo Cox’s death caused initial outrage before the Brexit referendum but was later forgotten.

Migrants, minorities, and white Finns must all rise up and challenge the menace that Finland faces and which is right under our noses.

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.” 

Finnish Neo-Nazi thugs suspected of assaulting a man in broad daylight

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How is it possible that a man is beaten up in broad daylight next to the Helsinki Railway Station next to a gathering of Neo-Nazis? How is it possible that this far-right group, which calls itself Kansallinen vastarintaliike (SVL), allegedly  beat up the person, who is sent unconscious to the hospital to die six days later from cerebral hemorrhages?

How is it possible that a group like the SVL posts a video below and boasts about what on that day?

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The victim lying on the street unconscious in a video posted by neo-Nazis.

What kind of a message does the death of Jimi Joonas Karttunen send to migrants, minorities and other people who are against SVL’s hateful ideology?

Will Karttunen’s death encourage the usual wishy-washy near-silence of the government and even of the police service towards far-right violence?

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Contrary to 2014, it’s a good matter that Pekka ja Pätkä’s n-word movies caused outrage

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If there is anything positive to write about the Pekka ja Pätkä movies shown this month that use of blackface characters, the n-word and depict blacks and Amerindians as happy-go-lucky buffoons, it’s the outrage that at least one caused.  

In 2014, when YLE aired Pekka ja Pätkä n-word and Ketjukolari, two of the comedians most racist movies, there was no reaction except for the odd social media comment. When I protested the showing of these movies two years ago, YLE didn’t even bother to respond.

When I sent a new email this week to YLE protesting the showing of these movies, I did get a response. It’s the same one that program manager of TV1, Pentti Väliahdet, released to the media.

I wonder if YLE will dare to show these two racist movies again two years from today? 

We’ll see but it’s clear that they’ll have to think twice if they do.