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Kohti Vapautta!

Kohti Vapautta!
CountryFinland
Foundation2019
Dates of operation2019 (2019) – Present (Present)
MotivesCreation of a National Socialist Finland
Immediate stop to mass immigration
Repatriation of non-Finnish descended people
Self-sufficiency
Withdrawal from the European Union and the United Nations.[1]
Ideology
Political positionFar-right
FlagKohti vapautta! Flag.svg
Websitekohtivapautta.com

Kohti Vapautta! (English: Towards Freedom!) is a Finnish neo-Nazi organization.[2] It was founded in 2019, and was named after traditional Independence Day rallies.[3] According to the Finnish government, the group is the Finnish branch of the Nordic Resistance Movement, which has been banned by the Pirkanmaa District Court.[4][5][6] It is established in all major cities of Finland.[1]

Formation and structure

In 2016, the Nordic Resistance Movement organized a neo-Nazi march in the Finnish capital Helsinki.[7] Before the next independence day, the Nordic Resistance Movement's Finnish branch was banned by the Pirkanmaa District Court. Organizers of a event described the 2017 march as being organized by independent National Socialists that all National Socialist movements were invited to.[8] In 2018, the Finnish Police intercepted the march and arrested leader of the banned Finnish branch of the Nordic Resistance Movement and three flag bearers, who were carrying Nazi flags.[9]

In Spring 2019, the organizers of the march announced the formation of the Kohti Vapautta! group.[2] The National Bureau of Investigation suspects the Nordic Resistance Movement to be continuing its operations under the names Kohti Vapautta! and Suomalaisapu.[10][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Usein kysytyt kysymykset – Kohti Vapautta!". kohtivapautta.com (in Finnish). 15 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Tietoa meistä – Kohti Vapautta!". kohtivapautta.com (in Finnish). 15 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Towards Freedom! – Kohti Vapautta!". kohtivapautta.com (in Finnish). 8 September 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Uusnatsien yhdistys kokoontui Tampereen pääkirjasto Metsossa – KRP selvittää, jatkaako Pohjoismainen vastarintaliike toimintaansa uusilla nimillä". www.aamulehti.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  5. ^ "White House Releases National Strategy for Counterterrorism". www.dni.gov. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  6. ^ Owen, Tess (16 October 2019). "House Democrats Just Demanded These Neo-Nazi Groups Be Prosecuted as International Terrorists". Vice. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Poliisi turvaa myös uusnatsien marssin – "Poliisi ei määrittele, mikä mielipide on oikein ja mikä väärin"". Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Itsenäisyyspäivänä useita mielenosoituksia - myös uusnatsien marssi toteutumassa". www.iltalehti.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Police confiscate three swastika flags during neo-Nazi protest in Helsinki". www.helsinkitimes.fi. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Krp epäilee: Uusnatsijärjestö jatkaa toimintaansa korkeimman oikeuden kiellosta huolimatta". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 29 May 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Nordic Resistance Movement suspected of continuing activity despite prohibition". www.helsinkitimes.fi. Retrieved 16 November 2019.

External links

Media related to Kohti Vapautta! at Wikimedia Commons