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Tue, 20 Sep, 2016 12:04:47 AM
PM condemns murder in Helsinki Station square
Orpo for banning extremist violent Orgs
FTimes – STT Report, Sep 20
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on Monday strongly condemned the incident of death of a passerby after assaults at the Helsinki Central Railway Station Square and viewed that it is also worth considering whether Finnish law is up to date concerning hate speech and hate crimes.
Referring to the incident in his blog, the prime minister criticised all forms of violence, racism and hate speech.
The death of the passerby from being beaten up outside the Helsinki Central Railway Station where the Finnish Resistance Movement was holding a demonstration raised questions regarding controlling violent organisations, particularly the Finnish Resistance Movement.
The man who had been beaten up at the station square on September 10 succumbed to his injuries at the Helsinki Meilahti hospital on September 16.  
The prime minister believes that it is especially very good that Interior Minister Paula Risikko has decided to reconsider the legality of violent organisations.
“There have been acts of violence in recent weeks, which have worried people and undermined our sense of security,” Sipilä wrote in his blog, adding, “The police are investigating the homicides in Helsinki Station Square and Otanmäki, Kajaani.”
He pointed out that the debate on immigration and refugee issues will continue and, in recent days, it has been tainted with violence. 
“Now is the time to keep a cool head and a warm heart. Each of us can reflect on what we can do to ensure that those people fleeing war and persecution integrate more easily in Finland,” he said.
“For myself and the entire government, I wish to express condolences for relatives and loved ones in mourning,” he added.
Finance Minister Petteri Orpo believes that violent extremist organisations should be banned. 
Orpo told the national broadcaster Yle that the police need to carefully investigate neo-Nazi demonstrations in Helsinki.
“If there’s a way to ban political organisations that embrace violence, I support that,” Orpo said.
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