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Sun, 10 Jan, 2016 12:04:09 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jan 10
 
A Red Cross operated reception center came under arson attack at Lammi in Hämeenlinna on 7 October 2015. File Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
The interior ministry plans to prepare a new set of guidelines to prevent violent extremism, reported a Finnish language daily, Keskisuomalainen.
 
The initiative follows demands from the authorities and non-governmental organisations for a better mechanism to prevent violent extremism and radical activities.
 
There are plans, for instance, to set up counselling services for families whose loved ones have been or are being radicalised.
 
Furthermore, the police want to investigate hate crimes more effectively and protect the victims of hate crimes as well as the affected communities.
 
The new guidelines will take into account religious extremism, right and left wing extremism as well as threat posed by individuals.
 
“Just three years ago, various extremist phenomena were quite invisible. The majority of the authorities and organisations thought this [extremism] did not affect us. Now we understand that what is happening in the world is manifested also in Finland,” observed Tarja Mankkinen, head of development at the interior ministry.
 
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