The District Court of Pirkanmaa has accepted a legal action filed by the National Police Board to dissolve the Nordic Resistance Movement in Finland.
National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehmainen estimates in a press release that the decision to accept the action sends a resounding message that violent and openly racist organisations have no place whatsoever in Finland.
The National Police Board, he adds, will next peruse the contents of the decision to determine its practical implications.
The District Court of Pirkanmaa stated in its ruling that the Nordic Resistance Movement is an organisation that pursues objectives that are in violation of democratic values with means that are not only contrary to accepted moral principles but also outright illegal, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The Nordic Resistance Movement, it highlighted, has disseminated hate speech and defamed ethnic minorities.
The court also determined that the activities of the organisation fall outside the scope of the freedom of assembly and speech because they violate the basic and human rights of others, the newspaper writes.
The National Police Board filed an action to dissolve the organisation, along with its sub-chapters and affiliates, at the beginning of this year, citing as grounds a deadly assault that took place during a demonstration organised by the Nordic Resistance Movement at Helsinki Station Square in mid-September, 2016.
Jesse Torniainen, the chairman of one of the affiliates, Pohjoinen Perinne, was sentenced to two years in prison for the assault in December, 2016. Pohjoinen Perinne, for example, the operates a national-socialist web-shop and publishes two anti-Semitic magazines, Vastamedia and Magneettimedia.
The Helsinki Police Department has similarly announced it will begin evaluating the implications of the ruling for, for example, the demonstration to be organised by the Nordic Resistance Movement in Helsinki on Independence Day.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi