Posts Tagged: hate speech

Oulu mosque vandalized for the ninth time

The Oulu mosque was vandalized Tuesday for the ninth time since September 2017, according to Dr Abul Mannan, who heads the Islamic Society of Northern Finland. The police said in a statement the attack took place at 5:10 am when a suspect smashed a window with a bike rack and threw a smoke grenade inside the premises.  The fire department was called as well. 

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February 2018-2019: How a Pakistani family in Finland encountered and defied hate

A year has elapsed since Rashid H., a Pakistani migrant, was brutally attacked by three white Finnish youths in Vantaa on a Friday, February 23. The attack not only changed Rashid’s and his family’s life permanently, what happened also spread fear in the Pakistani community of Finland.

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Twitter (Dr. Faith Mkwesha): The n-word costs 60 euros

Migrant Tales insight: How much do the Finnish court take seriously racist harassment and hate speech? From the case below, it appears that yelling the n-word to a woman by two young white Finns will get a light tap on the hand. 

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Far-right politician Huhtasaari and the PS pull one of the oldest tricks on the media

 Anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* vice president, Laura Huhtasaari, hit the jackpot when she attacked a Finnish school project in Tampere for “encouraging hatred.” The poster made by teenage students pitted herself and the PS’ chairperson, Jussi Halla-aho, against President Sauli Niinistö and Green Alliance MP Pekka Haavisto with the following question: towards Finland, or towards death. 

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #51: The police are the defenders of white power and privilege

Ask Finland’s Romany minority If you want to understand how the Finnish police service reinforces and defends white power and privilege. I did this recently, and the answers did not surprise me.  According to a member of the Roma community, the Finnish police play down discrimination, especially if it involves a member of that minority

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UPDATE: Prosecutor General Toiviainen will not file ethnic agitation charges against PS MP Juho Eerola

Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen announced Friday that she will not file ethnic agitation charges against Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Juho Eerola, according to Helsingin Sanomat. Toivianen said in a statement that no charges will be brought against Eerola due to “a lack of evidence,” according to YLE. Eerola is also the PS’ third vice president. UPDATED (April

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The roots of hate crime and hate speech are in Finnish society, right under our noses

The media and police are mirrors of our prejudices in our society. Our lame reaction to such social ills not only expose our weaknesses as a society but hide and protect the real culprit: institutional racism. 

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Finland: Retreating into a shell and fuelling xenophobia and racism

As Finland retreats deeper into its shell and ethnocentrism, the it feeds the beast of xenophobia and racism. Apart from Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Laura Huhtasaari, who openly encourages direct violence and hatred against migrants and minorities, there are others that are just as guilty. 

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