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Communists in Finland put fascists on the backseat on Independence Day

By Harsh Thakor* 

On the 6th of December the Finnish bourgeoisie celebrated the independence day of Finland. In general, the atmosphere of the day is heavily anti-communist. During the recent decades, it has become a routine practice of the fascists and nationalists to organize marches in the capital city, and each year, in retaliation, there are anti-fascist counter-demonstrations. 
Communists have taken a retaliatory position in this demonstration, and in past years, a handful of anarchists and opportunists have demanded the eradication of communists and their flags from the demonstration, and threats to extinguish them by force have been made.
On the 6th of December the "Suomi Herää” (Finland awakens) of the fascist Blue-Black Movement, the nationalist “612 Torch march” and the antifascist "Helsinki Ilman Natseja” (Helsinki Without Nazis, HIN) were organized in Helsinki. The first organised 200 people, according to the information of the police, the second 500 and the latter 1000. The organizers of HIN have said that their demonstration had 1500 participants. The police made in total 68 arrests: 14 armed fascists were arrested on the Helsinki main railway station and 54 people at HIN.
This year the HIN had planned to occupy Töölöntori and thus prevent the 612 Torch march from gathering. The police did not permit this, but started to beat the HIN apart soon after it assembled. In spite of untold use of violence of the police this was subdued due to the strong resistance of the masses which delayed the 612 torch march by over half an hour.
The events of the day again illustrated that combative antifascism is just. Fascism cannot be combated without active preparation to physical tussle. The opportunistic preaching of peacefulness or reconciliation to the masses turns them into helpless victims. In the HIN won considerable a lot of support from the struggling masses.
Despite everything a small handful of the most degenerated opportunists attacked a communist violently. The Anarchist leader Antti Rautiainen was mainly responsible for the attack. The contingent heroically staged applied self-defence and repelled the attack using moderate force. The Rautiainen was acting on independent initiative and the violence against him was self-defensive in character.
The goal of the recently intensified anti-communist offensive was to isolate the communists from the masses. Ironically, the masses identified the attackers as o fascists and the police, and demanded loudly the attackers to retreat and the Anarchist leader was hailed as a ”women beater” as well.
Therefore the 6th of December of this year manifested or lit the spark of Maoism and the combative antifascism it supports, while the compromising and anti-communist opportunism received a mortal blow.
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*Freelance journalist

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