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I have my issues with MP Alexander Stubb, everyone who reads this blog regularly knows that’s the case. What happened to him the other day however, at the hands of malcontent and miscreant students at the Great Banquet Hall at the University of Helsinki, was beyond the pale.

No one has the right to impede or shout down the speech of someone with whom you disagree. Here’s an excerpt from philosopher, Ayn Rand, on the subject:

….there is no justification, in a civilized society, for the kind of mass civil disobedience that involves the violation of the rights of others—regardless of whether the demonstrators’ goal is good or evil. The end does not justify the means. No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others. Mass disobedience is an assault on the concept of rights: it is a mob’s defiance of legality as such.

They’ve a long tradition in taking over public spaces, even have a plaque honoring it at the university itself.

helsinki university take over

What yesterday’s brouhaha was all about:

“The Ministry of Finance has specifically proposed huge cuts in education, science at the University of Helsinki. Of course it is in drastic conflict, even with common sense, understandably, that the Finance Minister Stubb would hold an anniversary seminar in the closing speech. He is not welcome in the University of Helsinki. “


Protesters tried to shout down Stubb into silence at college – police removed protesters from banquet hall

The demonstration at the University of Helsinki to try to stop Alex Stubb's speech.

Demonstrators at the University of Helsinki tried to stop Alex Stubb from speaking. Jaakko Lyytinen

Protesters loudly opposed the education cuts by the Minister of Finance, Alexander Stubb, (National Coalition Party) today at a conference in the University of Helsinki. The police removed some of the protesters from the hall. The Minister made his speech, although the uproar caused a disturbance.

The situation today, in the early evening at the University of Helsinki:

A group of protesters – students, post-graduate students and staff – to shout and sing in the lobby.

The aim is to “prevent” Finance Minister Alexander Stubb (National Coalition Party) voice in the adjoining held in the University Hall ceremony. Science world’s best seminar decides University of Helsinki, 375-year anniversary.

The noise the demonstration has been taken because of the Government’s education cuts threaten demonstrators believes that the University’s activities and adult education.

The noise is loud all the time.

The lobby is full of people:

Protesters thronged the main building of the University in the lobby outside the hall speech.
Protesters thronged the main building of the University in the lobby outside the hall.

From time to time the University assembly hall door opens, with someone entering and exiting. Then the cry and beating gets even harder, says journalist Jutta Sarhimaa who was there.

More here (in Finnish).

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