What’s going on here is a demo by the neo-nazi movement Finnish Nordic Resistance, against the possible banning of the fascist movement by the Finnish government.
No matter how repugnant neo-nazis are, as long as they’re not calling for immediate violence, their free speech should be unhindered, as much as the speech by international marxists, Islamonazis etc. etc. should be. That’s the price paid for having a free society, ironically if any of these neanderthal groups attain power, the free speech for all of us will be extinguished, which is why more speech is needed than ever in order to criticize, condemn, debunk, mock and ridicule them all.
NOTE: I wouldn’t align myself with the Nordic Resistance any more than I would with the Hells Angels and the Crips & Bloods.
About one thousand people from different parts of Finland participated in neo-Nazi and anti-fascist demonstrations in the city of Tampere on Saturday.
The protests were organised by the Nordic Resistance Movement and the opposing group, called “Tampere Without Nazis”. The counter-protesters numbered some 800 people according to police, an estimated four times more than the neo-Nazi rally.
Some 200 police officers monitored the protests and kept the two groups of protesters apart from one another at a distance of some hundreds of metres. Police also reportedly screened participants for items and weaponry that may be used for bodily harm.
Counter-demonstrators detonated at least three smoke bombs during the demonstration, Yle reports. Counter-demonstrators also shortly interfered with train traffic by walking on the tracks for about half an hour. One demonstrator was taken into custody on suspicion of assault, one was detained on grounds of endangerment and two more were apprehended in order to prevent escalation. All those detained were marching in protest to the neo-Nazi gathering.
A majority of the protesters on each side had disbanded by 4 pm on Saturday, police tweeted.
The Pirkanmaa District Court has said that it will decide whether to dissolve the Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement by the end of October.
Investigation into counter-protest
Police will begin investigating the actions of people participating in the anti-fascist counter-protest as violent rioting.
Police say that counter-protesters threw minor explosives towards other demonstrators, police and nearby cars; no one is reported injured. Some people also attempted to attack members of the neo-Nazi rally.
Here is a video from the event: