Turku appeal court of Finland upholds earlier decision to ban neo-Nazi PVL group

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Migrant Tales was happy to hear that the appeal court in Turku has upheld an earlier decision by the Pirkanmaa district court in Tampere to ban in Finland the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (PVL) and Pohjoinen Perinne (Nordic Tradition Group), a PVL –linked group, according to YLE News.

The PVL will have to end operations in Finland once court’s decision becomes enforceable, or when there is no longer any possiblity of appeal by the neo-Nazi group.

Last November, the court in Pirkanmaa banned the PVL but the group appealed the decision.

Apart from openly supporting anti-Semitism, racism and hostility towards sexual minorities, both courts ruled that the PVL encouraged violence. The ultimate aim of the former neo-Nazi organization is to set up in Finland and elsewhere in the Nordic region a nationalist socialist state.

The PVL represents one of many extremist groups in Finland that have gained more public exposure.

The growth of the far-right group could not be possible without the support of political parties like Perussuomalaiset (PS),* Blue Reform and even mainstream parties like the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus), which do not openly support fascism but seem distant relatives to such extremist ideologies.

PS members Ulla Pyysalo have had links to the PVL as well as others, like Sampo Terho and Jussi Niinistö, in far-right groups.

* 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.