Giving into to racist violence against the #righttolife protestors is handing a carte blanche to commit more hate crimes

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Today at around 4:30 am the camp where the Iraqi and Afghan #righttolife demonstrators have been protesting since February were a target of an attack that set alight one of the tents. One person got his hands burned while trying to put out the fire and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

“One person threw something flammable at the tent and ran away,” said Nour Jamal, a #righttolife activist who has been demonstrating since mid-February. “This is the worst attack we’ve experienced so far but we won’t be deterred by what happened.”

Jamal said on Thursday that name-calling and racist harassment by people who pass by is common and happens daily. He said that the worst days are Saturday nights because a lot of people are drunk and shout racist obscenities.


Pictures from where the arson attack took place. If asylum seekers would have acted in such a cowardly way their would be cries of murder from many far-right and ant-immigration sectors of society. Source: Facebook.

At first the police service considered the incident that took place in the early hours of the morning as a minor incident but later on upgraded it to vandalism.

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Protest: Save the people of Mosul

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A Finnish woman called Nina that came to talk this week to a group of demonstrators that want more support for the besieged people of Mosul in northern Iraq. 

Nina told the crowed that we must do much more to help the people in Mosul as in Aleppo in Syria. ​

One of the demonstrators, Mohammad M. and others present from Mosul, have approached international and local organizations to lend support under the title, “Save the People of Mosul.”

Below are the biggest concerns for the people of that city:

  • Fears of the destruction of the entire city and the forced displacement of people and the imposition of a deadly siege on the city;
  • Condemnation for using forbidden weapons in battle such as chemical weapons, which is considered a war crime;
  • We demand the United Nation (UN) and the international community to halt the indiscriminate shelling of the ancient city and to provide rapid and urgent humanitarian aid for displaced people who are dying almost daily due to lack of medication and food;
  • What is happening in Mosul is a great crime against humanity. Mosul has become a devastated city. There is significant international neglect of children, women and the elderly, who are being killed every day in the city;
  • We acknowledgement the temporary efforts by the Finnish Red Cross to help those people in need in Mosul;
  • Demand an end to the scorched earth policy;
  • All those groups fighting for control of Mosul are using heavy artillery, rockets, and heavy machine guns. The only victims are the civilians. The use of such heavy weapons that target civilians must stop;
  • We urge the UN to force all those taking part in the fighting to refrain immediately from targeting civilians and stop the destruction of Mosul.
Demonstrators showing support and solidarity for the besieged people of Mosul. A Finnish woman called Nina had attended the demonstration and told about the dire situation in Mosul after having visited the northern Iraqi city recently.

The two extremes claim by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and the government is nothing more than an Okie from Muskogee

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Ever since Finnish President Sauli Niinistö characterized the ongoing debate on migrants, migration, asylum seekers and minorities as a debate between two extremes, the big question is who is the other extreme? 

This “two-extreme” characterization of the debate by Niinistö and government ministers like Paula Risikko reveals their ignorance and objection to the debate. It shows as well their hope that the debate will be between white people in this country.

As everyone knows, Migrant Tales together with many anti-racism activists do not consider ourselves as “extremists” but normal folk that support human rights, Nordic values and cultural diversity.

It’s clear that politicians like Niinistö, the government and many others see these types of values with suspicion and contempt. That is one reason why they dub the debate as “two extremes.”

US President Richard Nixon, facing impeachment and a challenge from liberal and progressive sectors, used the same tactic by stating that it was a minority that opposed him and that law-abiding USAmericans, the silent majority, like the Okie from Muskogee, who was behind him.

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1977 – 25 de marzo – 2017: La muerte de Rodolfo Walsh y su amistad con Horacio Aníbal Maniglia

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Todo empezó allá por 1944 cuando Rodolfo Walsh tenía 17 años y contestó un aviso en un diario porteño de la Editorial Hachette, situado en pleno centro de la capital, en la calle Maipú 41. La editorial buscaba un traductor de carácter permanente del inglés al castellano.  

En aquel entonces, Hachette tuvo por muchos años unas ediciones de bolsillo literatura universal, libros para la juventud, la divulgación científica y otra dedicada a la novela policial.  La novela policial tiene un desarrollo muy grande durante los años 40 en los Estados Unidos, y se seleccionaba obras de escritores de novelistas policiales que se traducían del inglés al castellano.

“Entonces, una de las personas que se presentó para el trabajo era Rodlfo Walsh,” dice Horacio Guillermo Maniglia, hijo de Horacio Aníbal Maniglia, quien había contratado a Walsh en Hachette. “El era joven y por ser de familia irlandesa siendo argentino y haberse educado en colegios irlandeses, conocía obviamente muy bien el inglés.”

Horacio Aníbal Maniglia y su esposa Carmen en la puerta de su casa de la calle José Bonifacio en Buenos Aires.

Maniglia dice que su padre, Walsh le pareció ser una persona muy inteligente y muy capaz y es por eso que lo tomó como empleado permanente.

“Se desempeñó muy bien y a los veinte años le tocó a hacer el servicio militar,” continúa Maniglia. “Hizo el servicio militar y le mantuvieron el puesto porque ya había acreditado capacidades. En 1953 publica su primer libro, ‘Variaciones en rojo,’ y lo dedica a mi padre.” (more…)

Finnish ministry of interior survey about our “polarized debate” on asylum seekers reveals the government’s prejudices and failures

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A new study published Tuesday by the interior ministry and carried out by Vaasa University raises some disturbing questions. What does the survey address and what does it reveal?

One of the many claims of the survey is that those surveyed want a more dispassionate public debate about asylum policies.

An interior ministry statement reads: “Finns would like to be able to discuss asylum policy without the fear of being stigmatized; the discourse should be relevant and fact-based. The issues that were highlighted in the discourse on asylum policy were social polarization, promotion of integration activities during the asylum seeking process and the impact of the asylum seeker situation on security.”

Other findings of the survey reveal already known tough public views about asylum seekers. For example, 82% of the respondents felt that it should be made perfectly clear to those asylum seekers that get a residence are obliged to follow our social rules  and that language courses should be emphasized (87%).

The survey doesn’t tell us what those “rules” are for the simple fact they most likely don’t know either.


Read the full statement here.

Other findings of the survey published in Helsingin Sanomat include: 83% responded that if an asylum seeker lies in the the interview process to get asylum it should affect directly his or her chances of getting a residence permit; 78% felt that the police should forcibly deport those who get rejected for asylum if they do not leave the country.

Other matters that the survey showed was that asylum seekers cause social conflicts (59%), increase crime (57%) and the threat of terrorism (64%).

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Iraqi and Afghan demonstration protestors attacked in Helsinki by Finnish thugs

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It’s clear from the comments of far-right Suomi Ensin protestors and even of some Helsinki city councilors that they want the #righttolive demonstration that has been going on since February to end. Even so, far-right demonstrators are confident that the police and Finnish political establishment is on their side that they video and upload an attack against two demonstrators of the #righttolive camp. 

Writes Saku Timonen in his blog: “This [far-right] Suomi ensin group constantly stirs conflict and provokes [the #righttolife demonstrators]. They would like to fight and when they’re about to they use an illegal weapon [spray].”

One of the most disturbing matters about the incident is the police, who are nowhere around and allegedly dragged their feet to capture the perpetrator, one of which is

Imagine if the asylum seeker demonstrators would have acted in the same way as these thugs?

Guess who uploaded this video? Right, Marco de Wit of far-right Suomen Ensi (Finland First). They have tried everything to make the lives of the asylum seekers protesting peacefully as difficult as possible. Interior Minister Paula Risikko visited the Suomen Ensi camp in February and gave them a thumbs up.

Writes Helsingin Sanomat: “At the end of the incident, a little over 20-year-old man’s face was sprayed [by the Finnish perpetrators with a pepper spray]. After this happened, the victim went to the closest restaurant to wash his face but he was followed by the group that had sprayed him [in the face]. These [Finns] threatened the man for a short while in the restaurant, according to the police.”

The hate speech and provocations are real.

Migrant Tales published a video below on Wednesday and attracted over 6,200 views.

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Hyvästi rasismi, tervetuloa arjen moninaisuus

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Ihmisrotuja on vain yksi. Sen nimi on ihminen. Siksi rasismi on käsitteenäkin virheellinen. Sen lisäksi se on surullinen ja pöyristyttävä. Niiden ulkoisesti havaittavien seikkojen, jotka tekevät meistä iloisesti erilaisia, kuten sukupuoli, alkuperä, fyysiset ominaisuudet tai äidinkieli, ei tule olla peruste minkäänlaiselle syrjinnälle. Syrjimättömyys on osa inhimillisyyttä ja osa hyvänä ihmisenä olemista.

Suomi ei ole koskaan ollut, ei ole nykyään eikä toivottavasti tule koskaan olemaankaan etnisesti yhtenäinen kansakunta. Suomi on moninainen maa. Vain erilaisten ihmisten kohtaamisesta ja erilaisten ajatusten yhteen sovittamisesta syntyy uutta ja kestävää. Uutta ajattelua, uusia tapoja toimia, uusia tapoja tuottaa tavaroita ja palveluja. Moninaisuus ei ole vain poliittinen tavoite, vaan myös ja varsinkin osa arkipäivää.

Hyvää rasismin vastaista viikkoa jokaiselle!

Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen,

lohjalainen kielten opettaja, YTM

Kuntavaaliehdokas

Suomi on moninainen maa. <3