Posts Tagged: Turku

Neo-Nazis and the Perussuomalaiset: Where do they and we draw the line?

A year has elapsed after a Moroccan went on the rampage on August 18 and started attacking people indiscriminately with a knife in the southwestern city of Turku. Two people were killed and 10 were wounded.  On the anniversary of the stabbing, which is seen by the authorities as Finland’s first modern terrorist attack, three far-right

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Facebook Ahti Tolvanen: Is terrorism a real threat to Finland?

We have just heard in the news today that Supo has received funding to hire 50 more personnel this year to fight terrorism.

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Stop Killing Rohingya demonstration to take place on Friday (Sept. 15) in Turku (Yliopistokatu 21) at 4pm-5:30pm

Abdel Bettahar, one of the organizers of the Stop Killing Rohingya demonstration this Friday in Turku (Yliopistokatu 25) says that protest aims to help people understanding of the persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar. “We are apolitical and our only aim is that people would understand the persecution that the Rohingya are suffering

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Facebook Carmen Pekkarinen: Burning questions about Turku

Migrant Tales insight: Carmen Pekkarinen raises some important questions. One of these is what is defined as terrorism. What are the media, the police, and politicians telling us when they constantly publish the suspect’s name and his nationality? Are they telling us that all Muslims are terrorists? White Finns have killed indiscriminately in Finland but they

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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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The Finnish Security Intelligence Service’s epic failure in reacting to a terrorist threat in Turku

 In a country like Finland, where the police are demigods, the epic failure of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) in not reacting soon enough to the terrorist attack in Turku stands out like a sore thumb. Supo had received a tip in early 2017 from the police about the suspect Abderrahman Mechkah’s radicalized and extremist views, according to YLE News. 

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As Finland heals from Friday it must address homegrown extremism and violence against migrants and minorities

Today more than ever Finland needs leadership to heal from what happened on Friday but also condemn openly all forms of violence in this country. The greatest fear that some migrants and minorities have n Finland after the terrorist attack in Turku are reprisals against Muslims and migrants.

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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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