Monday, November 28, 2011

Intimidating the “Racists” of Lieksa

Ummah Finland

For many years Sweden was far ahead of Finland in its embrace of the joys of cultural enrichment. The Swedes were actively importing massive numbers of Third World immigrants — especially Muslims — decades before the Finns began. However, in recent years Finland’s ruling class has decided to catch up with Sweden and other multicultural utopias in Europe. Nowadays the benefits of mass immigration are relentlessly touted to Finish citizens.

Those who resist are being demonized as — you guessed it — “racists”. Like Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Britain, France, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada, Finland has passed laws against “incitement against a religious or ethnic group”. The Finnish oligarchs are now using these legal means to ensure that their citizens accept their multicultural fate — or else.

The Finnish blogger Vasarahammer posted the following guest-essay at Tundra Tabloids about the increasingly totalitarian tactics employed against one particularly “racist” town in the north of Finland.

Finnish government fights internet racism

The Norwegian blogger Fjordman has sometimes described Sweden as softly totalitarian politically correct tyranny, meaning that dissidents who step out of line are punished by social exclusion or, at worst, by losing their job. However, there is no direct persecution by the state like in the Soviet bloc during the Cold War. Dissidents are neither sentenced to forced labor nor committed to mental hospitals like they used to be in the Soviet Union.

The Swedish way of controlling dissent is subtle. It does not rely on the state to carry out the actual punishment, but the media and the government organizations perform the task without resorting to force. In some cases, though, the self-styled anti-fascists do intimidate the opponents of the state ideology, but the state is not directly involved in the attempt to force the representatives of dissident political organizations to cease their activities.

It can be argued that the Swedes have had decades to fine-tune their methods of marginalizing dissent and keeping matters related to immigration outside of mainstream political discussion. Finland, on the other hand, still tries to learn the methods of controlling dissent, since the Finnish multicultural project began as late as in the early 1990s, when the arrival of Somalis from the Soviet Union spelled the end of the strict Finnish immigration policy of earlier decades.

Since then the Finnish authorities have tried to combat racism in different ways that are very familiar to everyone living in a politically correct society. The crude propaganda highlighting the positive aspects of multiculturalism is matched with demonization of racists, meaning those who do not embrace the multicultural project with adequate enthusiasm.

The Finnish way also relies more heavily on courts and law enforcement as a tool to suppress racist thought. This can be seen clearly in the case of Lieksa below, as well as in the several court cases in which internet bloggers have been convicted of incitement to ethnic hatred.

Lieksa — the “racist” city

The town of Lieksa located near the eastern border of Finland is famed for its natural beauty and the landscapes of Lake Pielinen. However, recently the town hit the headlines in Finnish media with allegations of racism.

Lieksa is a fairly typical town in the remote parts of Finland. The population is aging and the young people are moving out to the big cities in the southern part of the country to escape the high unemployment.

Lieksa has also had a high availability of empty municipally-owned flats. The political leaders of the town decided that by giving the flats to the asylum seekers from the nearby Kontiolahti asylum-seeker reception center they would solve the problem of empty flats. So two hundred asylum-seekers, mainly from Somalia and Iraq, were given municipal flats and got to stay in Lieksa mostly living on social security benefits.

Some local politicians openly questioned the long-term financial viability of the plan. They saw that asylum seekers would become a permanent drain on the municipal economy. It was then that the campaign against Lieksa was started. The main regional newspaper Karjalainen published several articles highlighting the racism in Lieksa and how it spoils the reputation of the town. The paper was backed by the chief of North Karelian police Kai Markkula who stated:

“What distinguishes Lieksa from Joensuu is the fact that negative attitudes towards immigrants are a lot stronger and visible in all social groups.”

Joensuu is the main city in the North Karelian region and had problems with skinhead violence in the 1990s. Those events were said to have spoiled the reputation of Joensuu, since they received a lot of media coverage at the time. In his statement Markkula implies that the local politicians in Lieksa are also responsible for the negative attitudes, not only the local youths. It must also be noted that the local politicians who have criticized the reception of asylum seekers are not members of the Finns party but Social Democrats and Center Party members.

By comparing the current situation in Lieksa to the events in Joensuu the chief of police is trying to stop the complaints about asylum seekers and make people of Lieksa accept the new multicultural reality.

This did not happen. Instead, some local young people from Lieksa launched a racist Facebook group, which did, in fact, contain some fairly unpleasant postings, most of which have been removed by now. The group attracted the attention of national media and the North Karelian police were forced to act. The police arrested nine people suspected of incitement of ethnic hatred, two of them with gross incitement of ethnic hatred, a new crime recently introduced to the Finnish law that carries the maximum penalty of four years imprisonment.

The police said that those arrested were between 15 and 51 years of age. One of the suspects was a 15-year-old girl. It must be noted that the suspects were taken into police custody solely because of the posts in the Facebook group. The suspects were not accused of actual violence or planning of specific violent acts.

Internet racism targeted

The North Karelian police were supported by the Chief police officer of Finland Mikko Paatero who congratulated them for the job well done. It is not yet clear whether the perpetrators of the Facebook crime will be prosecuted and on what grounds. However, the police did their best to intimidate the racists of Lieksa.

The Finnish Foreign Ministry recently published a report about the implementation of the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination. In that report, the following was stated:

Criticism of immigration and hate speech on the internet have increased that is fought against by monitoring of the internet. An essential part of the work to intensify the monitoring of the internet is also to educate the public to inform actively on crimes they observe on the internet through a system of hint via internet.”

Following the Norwegian example, Finnish police have launched a website that allows people to report racist content in the internet. Using that site anyone can turn in any website that the informer thinks is against the law. It is also possible to report anonymously.

According to the Finnish police, there have been 1028 tips on racism in 2010, out of which 22 led to measures. What is interesting in the statement above is the fact that the police are actively fighting against criticism of immigration as such. It is not just those who plan to carry out violent acts that are targeted by the police but also people expressing their opinion about immigration.

Meanwhile the crude propaganda advertising the benefits of immigration from countries like Somalia goes on. Newspaper Karjalainen published an op-ed, in which the paper expressed concern about able pairs of hands. According to Karjalainen, Finland needs immigration:

“The most attention to the job opportunities available for immigrants should be paid in Lieksa, in which the population is aging faster than average and the need for able pairs of hands is high.”

In the article Karjalainen is promoting the official lie saying that immigrants from Somalia and Iraq will rescue Finnish society from the impending labor shortage. This lie is repeated over and over again, even thought the fact remains that roughly ten per cent of Somalis work for a living and few have skills most needed in contemporary Western society.

Recently Finnish anti-racists have tried to borrow expertise from Sweden. Far-left anti-racist Lisa Bjurwald’s recent book about the European far right was published in Finnish recently. Bjurwald has allegedly monitored Finnish politics after the electoral success of the True Finns party. According to Bjurwald, the Sweden Democrats would not be stupid enough to express openly racist and homophobic statements like some representatives of the True Finns party have done.

There is an element of shame in supporting the Sweden Democrats openly. In addition, the support may turn out to be physically dangerous. However, such an element does not exist for the True Finns party. The conformism and the need to maintain a politically correct facade are part of Swedish society, but not so much in Finland. That is why Bjurwald’s flawed analysis, which is not based on actual understanding of Finnish politics but moral narcissism, will not benefit the Finnish anti-racists. That is why, they will have to rely on the law enforcement to do their bidding in the future as well.


siegetower said...

Of course Lieksa stands to benefit from Somalians being dumped into their society. Especially to a place where so many young indigenous people are leaving, a symptom of a complete lack of employment and opportunity.

Like everywhere else unwanted and forced immigration occurs from the developing into developed world, there will be a mysterious and unexplained rise in burglaries and petty crime.

The onflow effects will be glaziers needing to replace more house glass broken by burglars, a boom in pawn broking shops for fenced property.

Garbagemen and tow trucks removing burnt bins and torched cars that appear coincidentally on islamic holidays.

Everyone will need to buy new wallets periodically. And replace their credit cards and other contents.

The possibilities for new employment are endless!

Anonymous said...

I have to marvel at the idea that the Swedish authorities are able to crush dissent so throughly without the slightest need for police action...or is it perhaps a matter of selective police inaction? What is really going on there?

bewick said...

It surely is not true that all Somalis are a "bad lot" any more than all Pakistanis, Indians, Americans, Brits, are a "bad lot". Aayan Hirsi Ali is a Somali after all. She is of course exceptional but I'm sure there are other good Somalis. Every country has it's share of "bad uns" but of course in the West we are not governed by tribal mores (are we?) and have (or is it now had?) Judeo-Christian values of behaviour. Our indigenous “bad-uns” are still the minority but growing because they sadly see the ethnics getting away with awful behaviour imported from their homelands. I sometimes watch a TV programme about UK Customs. Ethnic drug dealers almost always play the race card when they know they are about to be caught. Mmmm. The indigenous, mainly cigarette smugglers, complain that “real criminals” should be pursued rather than them. Break the rules pay the price whatever your colour is what I say.
The problem seems to be that a goodly proportion of immigrants and asylum seekers from most corners, and particularly Muslim corners, are free-loaders intent on collecting jizzya and bringing with them, or reverting to, mediaeval standards of lawlessness.
The West lets them in, indeed makes it easy, without any attempt at filtering - ah but that would be racist of course.
Well I wouldn't actually mind a bit of racism if it kept my country and my culture safe. Indeed it seems almost mandatory. I don’t though condone gratuitous racism (or religionism, gayism etc)
The PRIME responsibility of any Government is the protection of its citizens from threats from without and within. That doesn't just mean military threats. Western Governments are failing in this prime raison d’etre and indeed creating and increasing the threat at serious cost financially and otherwise.
I could philosphise on why at length but you all know why.
We all need to challenge our Governments. They cannot put us all in gaol (Jail for US readers).
One young woman on a London bus just lost it and vented her ire. I’m sure that video is already viral. She may just have a point but what do I know because I live in a rural area and no longer have to work in London so I no longer see. My Sikh friends in the village are lovely and totally integrated. They even donate to the Christian 11th century Church as part of their religion. They rarely attend the Sikh temple (Gurdwara) but do support this community. They aren’t immigrants. They were born here in the UK.

Anonymous said...

Well, racism can cut two ways. I would say, a workable model would be to recognize racial differences for purposes of immigration, but be race-blind for purposes of enforcing the law for citizens.

Incidentally, bewick, you hit the nail on the head by mentioning Sikhs. Immigrants from India, Burma, Sri Lanka and the like can be very dark, but very skilled, and the non-Muslim immigrants integrate very well and are contributing members of society. Somalians, on the other hand, are generally (though not totally) unskilled, and unable to pick up the rudiments of modern living.

The "right" to immigrate to someone else's territory is manufactured out of whole cloth. The right to protect your borders and society is a logical superset of property rights.

The authorities in Finland are persecuting their citizens to protect the "rights" of prospective citizens, most of whom have not yet immigrated. Logically, it is clear that the authorities have an agenda. They know that their position would be devastated through open debate, so they resort to pressure and intimidation.

bewick said...

Can't disagree RonaldB. Sadly I think that Europe at least is very close to popular revolution and immigration will be perceived as the cause of the financial problems.
I certainly think it is major factor yet the EU wants MORE immigration from North Africa. Just how stupid can they get?
An aging population?
Well I remember my grandmother, then aged 78, helping the "old folk". And so it will continue.

Anonymous said...

So the genocide of European peoples continues uninterrupted...

Anonymous said...

I don't think that a policy of differentiating on the basis of race is legitimate for anything but the purpose of describing an unidentified suspect in terms of physical characteristics.

If there are skilled, law-abiding people willing to affirm the values of a nation, then let them immigrate (in peacetime, which this is not). If there are useless, criminal, violently antagonistic people trying to get in your borders, you stop them (peacetime or not, but in the current circumstances I would suggest considering lethal force). If it turns out that a disproportionate fraction of one race or another gets turned away because of paying strict attention to their individual merits as potential citizens...well boohoohoo. I don't really care.

Nor do I much care for anyone that does care.

Chiu Chun-Ling.

showbiz111 said...

What part of "muslims are not a race" do the Finns and Swedes not understand?
It is highly repulsive that the enforcers of fascist thought in the Finn government would dare call themselves "anti fascists". This is nothing but Socialist self righteousness and insightless drivel.