Anarkistfederationen i Finland AFIF
This is the official Web-site of the Anarchist Federation of Finland, founded and affiliated to IFA - the International of the Federations of Anarchists - l'Internationale des Fédérations Anarchistes, - as an IFA-section 15-17 October 1982 and as an IFA-federation 26.11.1983. See the two official organs of IFA at that time, C.R.I.F.A Bulletin no 42 novembre-février 1982 p.4 and ifa-Solidaritet no 1 1982/fb 4-82 and no 8 1983/fb 4-83.
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Me tulemme osoittamaan mieltämme arvokkaasti ja rauhallisesti. Ei ilkivaltaa! We will demonstrate with dignity. Not ochlarchy! Vapaudellisin terveisin Pekka
So called "anarchist" demonstration corralled by huge police presence; over 100 held overnight.
Downtown Helsinki cordoned off for several hours on Saturday evening.
A huge police presence, almost unprecedented by Finnish standards, boxed in and stifled the planned "anarchist Smash Asem" demonstration and march on Saturday (09.09.2006) evening and restricted the movement of other people in the downtown area of Helsinki. Several dozen demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of malicious damage, rioting, and incitement to cause a riot. No serious injuries were reported, and the siege outside the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum was lifted at around 11 p.m, although for some time after this there was still a heavy police presence.
The "Smash Asem" demonstration began peacefully at around 6 p.m., but was unable to move on from the gathering point in the square in front of Kiasma by the arrival of around 200 riot police equipped with shields, helmets, and truncheons. Not merely the 300 or so demonstrators were hemmed in, but also passers-by on their way home, journalists and cameramen, and people who had turned up out of curiosity to see what was happening, and whether the demonstrators would make good on their website pledge to "bring at least a bit of disorder to the streets of Helsinki".
These so called "anarchist" rioters are nothing but ochlarchists (ochlarchy = mob rule), and have nothing to do with the real anarchist movement in Finland. The ochlarchists have got an expelling Brown Card from the International Anarchist Tribunal (IAT). Thus, they are expelled from the anarchist movement.
There were a further several hundred police officers behind the inner ring, as well as five Helsinki City Transport buses arranged as a wall.
Some of the protesters hurled themselves against the police cordon in an attempt to break through, and bottles and benches were thrown. The police reported that some of the demonstrators were armed with metal bars. The police justified the three-hour standoff situation by saying that the planned march would have presented a danger to local residents, with a risk of damage to property and the potential to disrupt the Ecofin gathering of EU ministers of finance, which was going on at the Pasila Fair Centre at the time. Initially the march was to have headed for Pasila.
Eventually the authorities announced they were interrupting the protest after violent incidents and a refusal from the organisers to negotiate. A senior officer said that they had made repeated vain attempts to contact the leader of the demonstrators and get details of the route for the march. People were allowed out of the enclosed area gradually in small numbers after around an hour. Those coming out were photographed and their bags and rucksacks were inspected. Further scuffles with police took place close to the Lasipalatsi building and the Forum shopping mall. When police in the early stages urged the demonstrators to disperse there was immediate movement, and bottles and eggs were thrown. Apparently a firework rocket was also set off from outside the cordoned-off area. Those arrested, numbering in the several dozens, were taken to Töölö and Pasila police stations. Some demonstrators were carried or dragged away.
Early on Sunday morning the area was empty, except for people clearing up the litter and debris. Little material damage was caused, and police reported no serious injuries on either side. The demonstrators were clearly shocked by the size of the police response, which was in stark contrast to the situation a few weeks ago during the Helsinki Festival Night of the Arts, when a couple of hundred youths and graffiti enthusiasts had surprised police completely. This time the police remained composed and did not respond to provocation from the demonstrators, though there will be many who argue that the massive response was of itself a provocative act. At a press conference on Sunday morning, police officials reported that slightly more than 100 people had been held overnight for questioning. Most are Finnish, with one or two foreigners among their number.
[Political extremism is use of, or threat of use of, violence against persons and/or things, to achieve political aims. Political extremism is authoritarian, ochlarchist (ochlarchy = mob rule broadly defined), the opposite of anarchist, according to the Oslo Convention. Persons doing political extremism are ochlarchists, the opposite of anarchists, and are thus expelled from the anarchist movement, regardless of what they may claim to be. Such ochlarchist infiltrators to the anarchist movement, get an expelling Brown Card from the International Anarchist Tribunal, for breaking the Oslo Convention. (The only violence accepted by anarchists is violence, proportionate, in self defence, i.e. not political extremism. Anarchism is neither pacifism, nor political extremism, terrorism included.)]
Ismo Kajander, Anartist Flag, 1994. Photo: Ismo Kajander
Ismo Kajander (b. 1939) is an artist, photographer, writer and lecturer whose career spans seven decades. The main focus in this retrospective is on assemblages Kajander makes using everyday ready-made objects. Kajander’s inspiration for the works derives from literature, science and art history. Years in Paris and a spiritual kinship with Dadaists active in the city in earlier decades are apparent in Kajander’s art. His politically oriented intellectual playfulness and rejection of prevalent norms in art both derive from Dadaism. The title of the exhibition, Anartist, is a reference to Kajander’s anarchic position outside the mainstream of art.