Finland: Outrage After Court Refuses to Send 5 People to Jail for Flying Swastika Flags

Finland is facing a much needed reckoning with people who have hurt the feelings of others – especially those of women.

Sputnik News:

The Helsinki District Court has somewhat unexpectedly dismissed criminal charges against five men suspected of incitement against an ethnic group who waved swastika flags during an Independence Day demonstration.

The five defendants took part in the neo-Nazi “Toward freedom” demonstration in Helsinki on 6 December 2018.

In its decision the court acknowledged that the swastika flags were specifically associated with the ideologies and deeds of Nazi Germany, which, among other atrocities, persecuted and killed of millions of Jews.

At the same time, however, the court also said that the mere act of displaying a swastika flag didn’t amount to incitement against an ethnic group, noting such a crime would involve threatening, slandering, or insulting a group of people on the basis of, for instance, race or religion, the newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet reported.

“It was not proven that the swastika flag would send a threatening and offensive message linked to anti-immigration efforts”, the court said in its ruling, despite all five of the defendants being members of the neo-Nazi Nordic Restistance Movement, which is banned in Finland. The defendants denied that they represented the group as they took part in the march.

Incidentally, the court also dismissed charges of interfering with the authorities. According to the prosecutor, four of the defendants tried to prevent police from confiscating the flags. The court ruled that the police had no legal grounds to interfere with the demonstrators’ freedom of assembly.

Unlike many European nations, displaying a flag with a swastika is not against the law in Finland, despite the atrocities associated with this symbol. Yet, state prosecutor Raija Toiviainen admitted it was a well-known symbol of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Very, very well-known.

This broad also prosecutes Christians who preach Christianity

Finland really is going to need to put in the work if they want to overcome white privilege and white fragility.