Un golpe de estado hace 44 años que cambió nuestras vidas para siempre

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Hoy, el 24 de marzo, hace 44 años que la Argentina vivió su pesadilla más larga después de un golpe de estado que cambió el país para siempre, pero que nos dió también una promesa: ¡nunca más!

Uno de los héroes de la guerra sucia (1976-83) fueron, indudablemente, los padres y familiares que sufrieron la desgracia de la pérdida y la desaparición de sus hijes.

Las fotos en esta nota fueron tomadas en agosto de 1983 cuando el pueblo argentino repudió la autoamnistía que autoproclamó el gobierno de facto.

Estoy sumamente orgulloso de ser una pequeña parte de ese movimiento social que jamás abandonaré y olvidaré especialmente cada 24 de marzo.

Cuando veo esta foto, me pregunto ¿quién es esta pareja? ¿Quiénes son los que están a su alrededor? ¿Qué historias nos contarían? Foto: Enrique Tessieri
Luchas sociales son luchas en contra de la impunidad e injusticia. Foto Enrique Tessieri
Es nuestro deber mantener vivos a los que querían silenciar para siempre. Foto: Enrique Tessieri
¿Dónde está mi hije? No se preocupe demasiado porque están en nuestras memorias y corazones. Foto: Enrique Tessieri

Facebook Danilo Canguçu: Racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Migrant Tales insight: I got in touch with Danilo Canguçu, whom I thanked for bringing to public attention what had happened after being harassed in a racist manner. He did the right thing, and others should follow his example. Since public authorities too often only offer lip service instead of action in fighting racist abuse, we need to raise our voices when this occurs.

Danilo said he will file charges to the police and get in touch with Helsingin Uutiset if the woman who harassed him and his friends is employed by that community paper.

Helsingin Uutiset, like other ones in the same league, is known for their biased reporting that is sometimes racist. Since they have no subscribers, they are dependent on ads to finance their newspaper.

Turkulainen, a community paper owned by Etelä-Suomen Media, which owns Helsingin Uutiset, published a sensationalist story and headline in 2017: “A shocking figure from the beginning of the year: Rape crime grew by over 400% in Turku compared previously.”

But wait a minute. The “over-400%” claim is based on a figure of 4 suspected cases in 2016 compared with 21 in the first quarter of 2017.

When I called the editor of Turkulainen, to ask him if this is fair and ethical journalism.

“Don’t you understand that we need to attract advertisers!” he said justifying the headline

Community newspapers are some of the worst examples of unethical and biased journalism in Finland.

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Here is the person who was filmed allegedly in racist harassment. Source: Facebook.

EN ESPAÑOL

“TODOS USTEDES DEBERÍAN VOLVER A SUS PAÍSES, USTEDES NUNCA SERÁN DUEÑOS DE ESTE PAÍS!”

El Día Internacional para Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial fue ayer, 21 de Marzo. Este mismo día, mis amigos y yo – todos extranjeros – vivimos el ataque más racista que ya vi sufrí en Finlandia.
Era cerca de las cinco y media de la tarde y el sol brillaba. Nosotros tres estabamos yendo a “visitar” a una amiga quien recién llegaba de Brasil. Queríamos verla y recibir unos regalos que nos trajo. Para mí, dos ediciones de mi revista favorita, revista piauí, mayoritariamente sobre política y un aire fresco en tiempos de Bolsonaro. Para mi amiga, roomate y también Brasileña, un libro: “Ideas para adiar el fin del mundo”, de Ailton Krenak. El tercer amigo, Francés-Canadiense, nos condujo con su carro y también participó del encuentro.
Yo dije que la “visitamos” porque no entramos en su apartamento ubicado cerca a la estación de metro en Kontula: Estábamos parados en el andén (primer piso), mientras le hablábamos. Ella estaba en el balcón (en el tercer piso) en quarentena. Sus padres están en el grupo de riesgo del Coronavirus. Los tres estaban encerrados en el balcón de vidrio.
Ella empacó nuestra literatura en una bolsa plástica, la amarró con una cuerda y – como las trenzas de Rapunzel – el conocimento llegó hasta nosotros. Nos reímos. Compartimos nuestros sentimientos sobre la quarentena, sobre el aterrisaje del virus en Brasil – aquí no nos reímos para nada – etc. Estábamos hablando en Portugués, nuestra lengua materna. Somos orgullosos de hablarla y nos sentimos seguros de usarla en Helsinki, en Finlandia, en Europa. O por lo menos nos sentíamos.
Por la derecha, una mujer en sus 40 apareció. Ella tenía un carrito-caja lleno del periódico Helsingin Uutiset. Cuando pasó por nosotros, habló en Finés de una manera muy agresiva y superior. Yo no hablo Finés pero mis amigos sí, así como el padre de mi amiga – por lo menos un poquito. Entonces entendí que decía que olía mal (‘Hyi haisee’) mientras pasaba por nosotros. Uno de mis amigos respondió, ironicamente, en Finés: “Guau, eres muy inteligente!”. La señorita de la entrega, en su camino de entrada al edificio de mi amiga, nos miró y escupió en el piso, de una manera bastante obvia. Mientras tanto, afuera, mis amigos traducían qué había dicho ella y estábamos en choque.
La señorita salió diciendo – o casi gritando – más palabras de odio hacia nosotros. Mis dos amigos respondían también en Finés. Yo empecé a responderle en Inglés – de pronto no debería haberlo hecho. Sentí (y todavía lo siento) que a veces estaba siendo agresivo – no como ella. Ella entró en el edificio al lado. Intentando entender qué pasaba, nuestros ojos hablaban más mientras nuestros pensamentos corrían dentro de nuestras cabezas. Mi roomate tuvo una idea: “Yo voy a coger uno de los periódicos de allá”. Yo tuve otra: “Alistaré mi cámara para cuando regrese ella”. Con el periódico escondido bajo la chaqueta de mi amiga y mi teléfono listo para grabar, la señorita salió del segundo edificio.
Sí, más palabras agresivas. “Yo te estoy grabando!”, grité. Ella vino hacia nosotros diciendo “Qué derechos tienes de filmar una empleada?”. Yo tenía miedo. Nosotros teníamos miedo. Yo pensé que ella cogería mi celular y lo tiraría en la nieve. Mi roomate pensó que ella nos iba a golpear. No sé qué pensaba nuestro tercer amigo pero estaba aterrorizado, riéndose desconfortablemente. Ella siguió gritándonos: “Ustedes nunca serán Fineses”. Ella señaló su dedo hacia mi amiga y dijo: “Eres una prostituta y una drogadicta” mientras pasaba el indice por la garganta, como quien corta un cuello. “Todos ustedes deberían volver a su país, ustedes nunca serán dueños de esta tierra!” – la frase ecoaba por la calle vacía. Ella se alejó de nosotros, todavía gritando. Yo empecé a gritarle: “Chao! Vete!”.
Nosotros, los seis, separados por tres pisos y el coronavirus, vivimos el evento más racista de nuestra vida en Finlandia. Pensábamos que estábamos seguros pero cuando eres inmigrante, tienes que acordarte todos los días: tú siempre estás en el grupo de riesgo.

Twitter FRA director Michael O’Flaherty: Coronavirus is also a human rights question

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Now, as far-right parties aim to capitalize on the coronavirus with the help of fake news, we must stay vigilant to challenge their sinister and selfish aims. 

We saw this happen in Finland on Yle’s A-talk when Perussuomalaiset* MP Riikka Purra claimed that a hospital was washing and using disposable equipment.

“I have received information from a hospital that they wash disposable equipment,” she tweeted, declining to say who her source is. state her source.

Purra’s claim that she cannot reveal her source is an old tactic even used by US President Donald Trump playbook: “There’s that guy who told me…” “I’ve a very nice friend who told me…” “Many beautiful experts told me…”…etc. [1]

In the face of fake news and claims by opportunist and irresponsible påoliticians, EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) director Michael O’Flaherty has an important message below.

[1] Thank you Albert Furgenstin for the tip.

NoHateFinland: Rashid and Sobia commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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On this date of March 21, 1960, the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on a group of peaceful protestors demonstrating against that country’s apartheid laws. In commemoration of the 69 people that were killed on that day, the United Nations called on in 1966 the international community to intensify its efforts to banish all forms of racial discrimination.

Source: United Nations.

Despite celebrating this important day, there is still a lot of work to be done. 

About two years and a half ago on February 23 in the Helsinki suburb of Vantaa, a Pakistani man was brutally attacked by three young white Finnish youths.

Writes the Helsinki Times: “Assailants inflicted 20-30 stab wounds on the victim using knives and other edged weapons. His lips were also cut and was stabbed near the eye. Fortunately, the victim was transferred to the hospital urgently and underwent major surgery. Although still in ICU [intensive care unit] and in critical condition with severe injuries, his situation is not life-threatening anymore, and he has regained consciousness.”

Anti-Hate Crime Orgnisation on the forefront of anti-racism activity in Finland. The association was founded in Helsinki on September 8, 2018, and officially registered on October 3, 2018. One of the guiding forces of the association is Rashid and his family. Rashid, who was the victim of a brutal crime in 2018, wished after recovery to do work against hate crime and racism. Ther association’s first board (from left to right): Enrique Tessieri (chairperson), Tegha Abeng (substitute board member), Thomas Babila (board member), Ali Rashid (board member), Ahti Tolvanen (secretary), Rashid (honorary and board member), Sobia (vice-chairperson), and Mounir E. Eliassen (treasurer).

Much to the amazement of the family and other NGOs, the police did not consider what happened to Rashid a hate crime.

“The police called us the following day after what happened to my husband,” said the wife of the victim. “The first question I asked the police if it was a hate crime. They said it wasn’t because the suspects were intoxicated.”

The three youths received 9.5-year prison sentences each after they raised the charges in April from attempted manslaughter to attempted murder.

What does this day, The International Day for the Elimination of Racism, mean to Rashid and Sobia?

“We left our own country, our people, and family to live in peace in a foreign land, but this horrible matter happened to Rashid and us,” she explained.

Sobia said that apart from having a profound economic, social, and psychological impact on their lives today, the family has not recovered from what happened. “It made us lose trust in Finland as a safe country,” she added.

Sobia states that she and her husband continue to get suspicious looks from strangers when they are in public.

“You can tell when you are not wanted because some people give you angry looks,” she said. “And this is because you may have dark hair and don’t look like them.”

What happened to Rashid and the rest of his family after that February evening shows that only one day to celebrate the elimination of racism is not enough.

It is also a reminder that racism can strike at you.

See the original post on NoHateFinland.org here.

PS MP Purra is as phony as the fake news she maliciously spreads

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Populists like Perussuomalaiset MP Riikka Purra are desperate for attention in the face of the coronavirus pandemic because fewer are interested in their Islamophobia broken record.

MP Purra, who is also the PS’ first vice president, pulled a fast one on Yle’s A-talk by stating that she has doubts about Finland’s health infrastructure. “I have received information from a hospital that they wash disposable equipment,” she tweeted, declining to say who her source is. state her source.

If she were speaking the truth, she’d get in touch with health authorities to investigate the claim.

This will, supposedly, not happen because it is spreading fake news.

Source: Twitter.

The I-can’t-disclose-the-source comment by Purra is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Since her statement instills fear among the population, such fake news should be strongly condemned.

The PS is worried about their standings in opinion polls since the coronavirus pandemic has overtaken their mostly exaggerated and fake news about the threat of migrants.

QUOTE OF THE DAY Yuval Noah Harari: The lack of trust is #coronavirus’ greatest threat

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Historian and professor Yuval Noah Harari* talks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the threat of the global coronavirus pandemic. Harari stresses unity. Closing borders and isolating oneself is not the full answer. An outbreak of coronavirus in one country is a threat to everyone.

Amanpour: “What as an ordinary citizen worries you the most?”

“I think the worst thing is unity, we see in the world, the lack of cooperation coordination between different countries and, the lack of trust between countries and also between the population and the government. This is the payday for what we’ve been seeing in the last few years with the epidemic of fake news and the deterioration of international relations.”

Watch the full interview here.

*Thank you Farid Hafez for the heads-up.

QUOTE OF THE DAY (Laura Huhtasaari): “The future belongs to Trump-minded nationalist conservatism”

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Finnish MEP Laura Huhtsaari of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party is at it again. Huhtasaari, like her PS MEP colleague, Teuvo Hakkarainen, and all of the party’s 39 MPs are calling for disunity during a time when we need to pull together.

The world will start to be a better place, and far-right parties that spread hate, like the PS and others, will shrink in size and be exposed for what they are: a pandemic worse than COVID-19.

Source: Twitter.