A Finnish court banned far-Right activist group the Nordic Resistance Movement (PVL) on Thursday, saying there was an “urgent social need” to shut down the group which it claimed to spread hate speech and incite violence.
Police had asked that the group, which according to the Finnish intelligence service aims to create a national socialist state, be closed down.
The Nordic Resistance Movement is now BANNED in Finland, according to a verdict that came today from Birkalands District Court.
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“The association offends ethnic groups and spreads hate speech,” the district court in Pirkanmaa, in the country’s southwest, said in its verdict.
“In addition to offending and hateful expressions … the association urges its supporters to use violence and harassment against alleged enemies.
“There is an urgent social need to shut down an association like PVL,” the court said.
A member of the group was sentenced to two years in jail last year following the death of a 28-year-old man he had assaulted during a demonstration in Helsinki.
Anti-immigrant sentiment has been on the rise in Finland, a country of 5.5 million where about 32,000 migrants and refugees arrived during Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015.
Author: Sander Laanemaa
Sander Laanemaa was born in Estonia in 1984. In 2011 he graduated from the Estonian Maritime Academy as a deck officer. During his studies he took an interest in history, philosophy, psychology, and the occult. His research guided him deep into the rabbit hole, which ultimately led to the creation of Culture Wars.
Sander is fluent in English, Swedish, Finnish, and Estonian.
He has given a number of lectures on various topics on maritime affairs, and also on ancient history and the faults of contemporary social movements.