The anti-fascist and anti-racist “Turku Without Nazis” demonstration will take place in Turku on August 16th, 2020 to protest the far-right organization Kansallismielinen Liittouma and their 188-Kukkavirta event.
Kansallismielinen Liittouma is a far-right coalition founded in 2017. On sunday, August 16th they will be arranging the 188 “Kukkavirta” event which previously have gathered Finnish and Scandinavian far-right organizations such as Nordic Resistance Movement, Soldiers of Odin, Suomen Sisu as well as politicians from The Finn’s Party. In 2018 the event was combined with a national socialist march when the now temporarily outlawed Nordic Resistance Movement marched through town and joined up with the Kukkavirta event.
Kansallismielinen Liittouma also made the news last summer when they arranged a “summer camp” together with the Nordic Resistance Movement. Participants at the camp practiced targetshooting, aiming at pictures of left-wing politicans and Jewish business men.
Kansallismielinen Liittouma are trying to take advantage of the tragic 2017 knife attack in Turku to spread their own hateful and violent agenda. We want to show respect to the victims and show that fascism and jihadism are two sides of the same coin; both ideologies want to destroy democratic societies through violence and murder.
Violent racist and fascist organizations have no place in our Turku, and nowhere in the world for that matter. The “Turku Without Nazis” demonstration are inviting everyone that oppose racism and fascism and instead want to build a fair, open and inclusive society.
In 2018 over 1,000 people attended the peaceful “Turku Without Nazis” event according to the police, and in 2019 around 700 people attended the demonstration despite the rainy weather. This year we gather at Vanha Suurtori on Sunday, August 16th at 13.00 to raise our voices in defence of anti-rasism, feminism and human rights. The event includes speeches, poetry, chants and music, and it’s family friendly. The event is peaceful and drug free.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic, we ask participants to remember to keep safe distances to others and use protective masks. If you have symptoms or feel sick – do not attend the event.