Finland finally gets some teeth and bans the neo-Nazi PVL

by , under Enrique Tessieri

In a historic decision on Thursday, the Pirkanmaa District Court banned the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (Pohjoismainen vastarintaliike, PVL) with links to far-right groups in the Nordic region, according to YLE in English. PVL is a racist hate group that aims to do away with Nordic democracy and replace it with national socialism. 

The district court based its decision to ban the neo-Nazi PVL because it “flagrantly violated the principles of good practice.”

Writes YLE in English:  “The court ruled that it was a violent group that exhorted followers and members to violent acts. The court said that the group was not entitled to freedom of speech protections as its actions violated the human rights of others.”

One of the latest cases of violence by the PVL is its member Jesse Torniainen, sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated assault.

Jimi Karttunen died at the age of 28 in 2016 after he received a furious kick in the chest from PVL member Jesse Torniainen. Cartoon by Sira Moksi.

Migrant Tales applauds de Pirkanmaa District Court decision because it is a step in the right direction. Neo-Nazi groups and their racist and populist allies have no place in our society and are an insult to our values.

The interesting matter to watch now is the silence coming from far-right parties like the Perussuomslaiset.*

After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity. One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic.

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

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