In this article Varis Turku will showcase the connections between the Finns Party (Perussuomalaiset) and the far-right in Turku and Southwest Finland (Varsinais-Suomi, Finland Proper). The article can be read as a local example of how the Finns Party has furthered and normalized racism and fascism in Finland, especially during the chairmanship of Jussi Halla-aho. The article was previously published in Finnish.
Image above: Vilhelm Junnila, a Finns Party MP, speaking at the “188 Kukkavirta” demonstration in 2019. Posing on the opposite river bank there are members of the Nordic Resistance Movement and Soldiers of Odin, offering a context to how the relationship between the Finns Party and the rest of the far-right has developed.
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Finland. March 18, 2020. Like during any crisis, when hit by an epidemic the society is forced to choose its direction where to go. Do we tighten control or do we try to overcome the crisis by building a more sustainable society based on responsibility and solidarity? To us antifascists, feminists and anticapitalists the answer is clear: sharing the burden of the Corona virus evenly is the only sustainable way to push back against the epidemic on all levels of society, and mutual aid is a key part to efficiently mitigate epidemic. This is why we have collected five theses about the social and political nature of the epidemic and about initiatives, which could take us beyond the crisis towards a free, equal and ecologic society founded on solidarity, as opposed to just new series of financial and health crises and states of emergency.
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Finland. National socialist black metal (“NSBM”) band Loits, known for their historical revisionism and Estonian nationalism will be the warm-up act for the famous Finnish pagan metal group Moonsorrow on the Finnish leg of their European tour in 2020.
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Since 2014, the far right has been organizing demonstrations on the 6th of December, the Finnish Independence Day. This year the nazis of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) are again planning to organize a national socialist demonstration in Helsinki, as they have done for the past three years. Later on the same day, the 612-demonstration gathers together all of,the Finnish far right, with NMR nazis marching side by side with members of the Finns Party. We are calling on all antifascists to come to Finland to oppose these far right demonstrations.
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On 6th of April 2019, an international far right conference named Awakening took place in Finland. The aim of the Awakening conference is to spread ethno-nationalist, identitarian, white nationalist and other neo-fascist ideas to Finnish far right. Also the metapolitical aim of the conference is to influence more mainstream right wing and conservative politics in Finland having already succeeded in turning the youth organization of the Finns party towards more ethno-nationalist politics. The conference is organized by neo-fascist groups such as Suomen Sisu(“Sisu of Finland”) and Sarastus (“The Dawn”). Most speakers of the conference are coming from abroad, including the representative of the infamous paramilitary fascist Azov movement which sees their participation in the Ukrainian civil war as crusade for “White Races of the world” and several leading White Nationalists from USA.
Continue reading Author Shane Burley on far right speakers that came to #Finland: “They desperately want to create a cross-European alliance to focus on the white race”
On Wednesday the 13th of February 2019 it has been five years since the founding of the Antifascist network Varis in Finland. The five year celebrations were held in the following weekend in Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Tampere. At the end of 2013 a group of antifascists from several different cities started to meet and plan together the founding of a new antifascist network. This became the Varis network, groups of which were founded in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere.
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The antifascist network Varis in Finland turned 5 years last week. This was celebrated with concerts in Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Tampere.
Continue reading #Finland: Solidarity with Russian anarchists from #Varis