[Translation of headline: Neo-nazis attack department store and assault three people in Jyväskylä – 32 apprehended]
attacked a department store in Jyväskylä, Finland today.
A march held
in the city of Jyväskylä by Suomen Vastarintaliike (”the Finnish Resistance
Movement”), a known neo-nazi organization, turned violent today as participants
decided to discard their peaceful façade and storm a nearby shopping center in
order to assault innocent bystanders.
to Kyösti Ylikulju, an eyewitness to the attack, the march began peacefully but
quickly took a violent turn. “They made an effort to behave politely, at first,”
Ylikulju recounts. However, the people involved in the event soon became
aggressive. According to Ylikulju, police were forced to blare police sirens in
order to pacify the crowd.
Things seemingly settled down a moment before the attack. “Then some of the
participants rushed into a Sokos-store and started to assault bystanders.
There were a lot of old people, families with kids and tourists in the shop,” Ylikulju
three people were injured in the attack. Of the 40 people who participated in the
march, 32 were arrested on suspicion of, among other things, assault and organizing a violent riot.
(Edit: note that the above is my own summary of the article I’ve linked, and not any kind of official translation of the article)
came days after Olli Immonen, a member of the Parliament of Finland, made
a Facebook post stating that he dreamed of “a strong, brave nation that will
defeat this nightmare called multiculturalism.” The post sparked a wave of protest against racism in Finland, which has naturally lured out the nazis in droves.