Suomen Sisu tests Finland’s tolerance for hate

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If you want a good view of the type of Finland a far right association like Suomen Sisu wants to build, check out the invitation to their 15th anniversary celebration at the Santahamina Military Base near Helsinki. The invitation states at the end:  “Santahamina is a military zone where only Finnish citizens have access to [the base].”

Fortunately, Finland’s defense forces have prohibited such an event taking place at the base, according to Monday’s Helsingin Sanomat.

The Santahamina Military Base is the home of the Jaeger Regiment, which played a key role in helping the Whites defeat the Reds in the Civil War of 1918.

The invitation, signed by Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Olli Immonen, who hasn’t hid before his loathing for Muslims and other minorities like the Roma, is another example of how far-right groups test how much Finns tolerate hate.

Kuvankaappaus 2013-11-11 kello 20.11.09Finland’s Security Intelligence Service (Supo) sees Suomen Sisu as an extremist ogranization.

One of the aims of Suomen Sisu is to keep Finland white. It discourages white ethnic Finns from marrying foreigners, especially blacks.

If you believe that Suomen Sisu is a “nationalist association that promotes Finnish values and self-esteem,” then you believe that the English Defense League fights for human rights. Such claims are red herrings that aim to hide their  hatred for certain minorities.

Suomelaisuuden liitto, which has been overtaken by PS members, has waged a hostile campaign against the the role of  theSwedish language in Finland.

The association is closely related to Suomen Sisu.

Thank you Niko Tamminen for the heads-up.