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Extreme right violent but marginalised

The report indicates that there are contacts between extreme right groups in Sweden and Finland, and that these contacts are fairly active.

The extreme right can be a threat to individuals, but does not constitute a general threat to society in either country, according to this report.

"The romanticism of violence within these groups is so strong that it breeds crime and violence," says Daniel Poohl, editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo in Stockholm, and one of the authors of the report on organised right-wing extremism in Finland and Sweden.

This violence can affect political activists and representatives of minority groups.

"It may be enough that they perceive someone as a political opponent," notes Poohl. "It is enough for someone to wear a Palestinian scarf for right-wing extremists to believe that this is a left-wing activist. We have seen several examples in Sweden," he says.
Under 100 activists

"Security services should put more resources into monitoring the extreme right," believes Michael Brunila, who is one of the Finnish authors of the report.

"The Finnish Resistance Movement has organised groups in many different areas. But, I would guess that it has 50-100 activists in all. They operate in small groups and they do not need a mass base in order to act," Brunila explains.

Are they dangerous?

"They are violent," responds Brunila. "They have used violence against one of the co-authors of this report, Dan Koivulaakso. They have attacked the Pride Parade, and they attacked National Coalition Party MPs in Oulu prior to the 2011 parliamentary elections."
Rights even for the extreme right

"Basically the extreme right is within the law," says Daniel Poohl of the magazine Expo. "We live in a democracy where everyone has the right to thoughts and opinions."

Even though the authors of this report consider the extreme right as marginalised, they also believe that the authorities should keep an eye on their activities.

"They should be monitored if they are doing something criminal. They should not be monitored because they have ideas," says Daniel Poohl.

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