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Mass Demonstration Against Racism in Helsinki on Tuesday

Mass Demonstration Against Racism in Helsinki on Tuesday

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The Finnish rap artist Paleface is one of the performers at the mass demonstration against racism. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

“I cannot accept this kind of political attitude in any country. Olli, you should go home and eat makkara alone.”


This is one of the comments on Finland Today’s Facebook page relating to the writings of Finns party member, Olli Immonen, who in a nutshell wants to “defeat this nightmare called multiculturalism.”

And if such utterance was not enough, a closer analysis reveals that Immonen’s political outburst carries a similar tone than the manifesto of the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.

“Immonen’s text is like a summary of Breivik’s ideology in his manifesto and the answer to Breivik’s challenge to fight against multiculturalism,” Pekka Vennamo, the former leader of the Finnish Rural Party, a precursor to the Finns, writes on Facebook.

But the masses are not going to stand still and tolerate this kind of intolerance.

At the moment of writing this article 10,000 people have announced to join a mass demonstration titled “Multiculturalism Is Not a Nightmare”, arranged at Kansalaistori in Helsinki on Tuesday evening at 17:00.

“Multiculturalism is a difficult subject, but the one who doesn’t learn it has no future in the world,” the former foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja (SDP) said in a bulletin.

Many front row artists, including Anssi Kela, Maija Vilkkumaa, Anna Puu and Paleface are going to perform at the event and many politicians, sportsmen and influential people are going to hold speeches.

“I dream of a world where there is no room for hate speech and we can be proud of this aspect in Finland as well,” said Tuomioja.

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Multiculturalism Is Not a Nightmare, a demonstration against racism, at Kansalaistori (Citizens’ Square) at Alvar Aallon kuja 2, Helsinki on Tuesday July 28 from 17 to 20. The event page can be found here.

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11 Comments

  1. Cadiche

    KELA are also bound by law to ensure that Deaf and disabled can attend these appointments with medical and police officers in a way that lets them live independently. Instead, I don’t leave my home after being kicked off a bus for “ignoring” a bus driver behind me, telling me that my ticket did not beep, I was threatened with police being called when I talked too loud for requesting the right to an interpreter, I am constantly having my small whiteboard and pen pushed aside while people talk to me with very much open mouths (and disgusting breath) as they assume all Deaf people can read lips.

    So you tell me… is all of this justified? Should a Deaf woman be denied her right to an interpreter when having to attend interviews at a police station after witnessing a heinous crime? Should a Deaf woman be denied medical treatment because she cannot hear? Or should an interpreter be available at such “official engagements”?

  2. Cadiche

    Official engagements: When I attend medical or police matters. I do not partake in any engagement outside my home apart from those in which I am ill or require police assistance. But thank you very much for asking.

  3. Mark Maher

    “Anonymous” is sooooo brave to speak up publicly on this important issue. (And, as usual, commenting in English on a Finnish website about the evils of multiculturalism is an irony completely lost on these keyboard Einsteins.)

  4. Mark Maher

    Cadiche, please tell more. What constitutes “official engagements”? Who qualifies when you don’t? Is your expectation that KELA should provide a speech to text translator for any cultural/political event you wish to attend?

  5. Anonymous

    “I personally think that multiculturalism is a value we should cherish.”

    People cherish it everywhere. Especially the Bosnian, Iraqi and Rwanda multicultural models are legendary.

  6. Anonymous

    Aren’t many Finns actually Swedes? It seems that the Nordic suicidal disease has the same genetic roots.

  7. Christianah Dele

    I salute supporters of a multicultural nation. Migration has been happening from long generations & it is only very fast these days because of advance in technology. Racists should also remember that no one has got a choice in where & to whom they are born. I can only recommend that if any migrant commit serious crime they should be deported so as not to pollute others who are law abiding. Immigrant haters, please don’t ruin the good image of Finland.

  8. Jose Kortelahti

    “Sometimes I wonder how the Finnish majority put these idiots in the parliament. Surely, they are more useful in the farm land.”

    That’s the first thought I got, too, when I heard about Immonen and his comment… What makes this even worse – and a little bit ironic, as well – is that Immonen’s wife is an immigrant. So, how the hell can he even say something like that when his WIFE is one of the people targeted his hate on?

    I’m also a bit worried about the attitude some Finnish people seem to have towards immigrants and towards people from other races but who were born in Finland. Reading some of the comments on Immonen’s post made me disgusted, showing support to him and his thoughts.

    I personally think that multiculturalism is a value we should cherish. In some level, I understand people who don’t want more refugees in Finland. We need to provide them food and shelter and help them financially in the beginning, and some “bad seeds” will come with them, that’s inevitable. But we native Finns aren’t perfect either, we commit brutal crimes, too, and I bet even more than the immigrants do.

    I really hope that people open their minds and stop the hate towards “different” people than they are. I don’t wish to see Finland to transform into a Fasismland.

  9. Tewodros Mekonnen

    Sometimes I wonder how the Finnish majority put these idiots in the parliament. Surely, they are more useful in the farm land.

  10. rivegauche610

    As the outgoing US ambassador pointed out, Finland has too many governmental regulations that stifle common sense. Seems a wholesale review of such things is in order.

  11. Cadiche

    I am an Australian-born Finnish Deaf author. I support multiculturalism by peaceful peoples. I am also an animal lover and a contributor to Finnish society through my books. Yet KELA still deny me a speech-to-text translator for Deaf people at official engagements. Racism is not the only problem right now in the government, but as it is the one being marched on, I lend my support wholeheartedly. #DeafCan

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