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Leroy N. Soetoro (05.10.2016, 02:14)


More than 15,000 people gathered in Helsinki on Saturday to protest
against racism and violence, after the death of a man assaulted during a
neo-Nazi rally in the city earlier this month.

Following an influx of asylum seekers last year, anti-immigration
sentiment has been on the rise in the small Nordic country, which has
little experience of taking in large numbers of refugees.

Police a week ago detained a member of a far-right movement on suspicion
of attacking a Finnish national in central Helsinki who died of his
injuries a few days later.

Holding placards showing peace signs and red lines crossing out swastikas,
demonstrators said it was time to break a silence that they said had
allowed racism and far-right violence to grow in the country. Similar
events were held in other towns.

"People really feel that there's not enough talk about racism here.
There's too much neglect. We should all speak more against racism,
including the leaders," said a demonstrator who gave her name as Rosa.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila, who has been criticized for being cautious on
his comments about far-right movements, joined a similar anti-racism rally
in the city of Kuopio.

"People are here for a just cause. Actions by violent extreme movements
are a worry to the silent majority of the nation," Sipila told public
broadcaster YLE.

He said the government was planning to tighten legislation regarding
extremist movements and hate speech.

The 26-year-old man arrested has been charged for aggravated manslaughter.
He is a member of Finland's Resistance Movement, a far-right group that
the security intelligence service says aims to create a national socialist
state. He has denied being involved in the incident.

Last year, police detained people at a demonstration by the group in
central Finland saying that some of the demonstrators had assaulted
bystanders.

In Helsinki, a small group of people on Saturday gathered for a counter
demonstration they titled "Close the borders", saying that critics of
immigration policy should not be called racists.

Police said all demonstrations on Saturday went ahead peacefully.

About 32,000 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq, came to Finland last year.
As in other Nordic countries the government has subsequently toughened up
its immigration policies, such as by tightening the asylum criteria for
people coming from Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Beam Me Up Scotty (05.10.2016, 03:19)
On 10/04/2016 08:14 PM, Leroy N. Soetoro wrote:
[..]
> "People really feel that there's not enough talk about racism here.
> There's too much neglect. We should all speak more against racism,
> including the leaders," said a demonstrator who gave her name as Rosa.


Perhaps they needed to protest the Muslim Terrorists who are killing far
more people than the "so called far-right" have killed.

why is violence only worth protesting when the protesters are blaming
the "far-right"?
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