Posts Tagged: Paula Risikko

Finland believes tighter laws will protect the country from terrorism but the real enemy is fear and opportunism

The knee-jerk reaction of politicians after the tragedy that took place in Turku on Friday not only smells of populism but of opportunism. What have we heard from them since last week?

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The words and silence of politicians have dire consequences in Finland for us

After the stabbing of ten people in Turku on Friday, politicians like President Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Interior Minister Paula Risikko, the national media, which echoes far-right opinions of Jussi Halla-aho, the chairman of the Perussuomalaiset* who was convicted for hate speech, appear to be carried away by their own prejudices and hostility towards asylum seekers, which does impact our culturally diverse community.

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Migrants and minorities fear that Turku will fuel more hostility and racism in Finland

After the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday, some expected the worse in Finland when the following day a young man stabbed indiscriminately ten people that killed two, according to YLE News. The police confirmed on Saturday that what happened was a terrorist attack. 

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US President Donald Trump’s Finnish “tolkun” moment and his mixed response to far-right violence

Three people died in the wake of a demonstration by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed Saturday with anti-racism activists when the white nationalists planned a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The demonstration saw a car being deliberately driven into a crowd of people who killed one person and left at least 19 others injured.  

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Interior Minister Paula Risikko and National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehminen are the great pretenders about racism

The recent scandal that came to light of a secret Facebook group comprising of about 2,800 police officials reveals everything about what racism is in Finland. A big chunk of that racism is denial and playing down the social ill.

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The Finnish police service’s deep denial of racism among its ranks is no surprise

The publishing of the racist comments in a secret Facebook group for the Finnish police by online news site Long Play shouldn’t surprise us, even if Interior Minister Paula Risikko and National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehminen suggest the contrary.

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Finland’s immigration and asylum policy is only a momentary Pyrrhic victory

The picture below isn’t from Gaza or some war-torn region but of the playground of the Konnunsuo immigration removal center in Joutseno, Finland, a country that claims to be proud of its social achievements and respect for human rights.  The view is the one that a family with seven children had for over a month

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Finland’s blind spot of racism will persist for as long as we play dead and tango with it

National Coalition Party (NCP) Interior Minister Paula Risikko is a pretty questionable politician. She is deplorable for a number of reasons: spreads suspicion of asylum seekers and migrants and doesn’t care to distinguish what is a far-right anti-immigration group like Suomi Ensin (Finland First).

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