Malevich

Prison in Finland – a report from a military service refusenik

This article was published in 325 magazine #3 around a year ago. It is about my time in prison in turn of 2005 and 2006. Webpage of 325 magazine is http://325collective.com.

Prison in Finland – a report from a military service refusenik

At first, a million thanks to everybody who wrote letters... I got letters even as far as from Thailand! I also heard about a letter to which Swaziland had anarchists contributed, but it somehow did not make it to Finland yet.

To be honest, I was waiting for prison time in order to read some quality books and get myself fit (I haven’t been doing any sports for 2 years, so it was about time to push some weight). Of course, I hoped people would send me some quality journals I could not afford otherwise (which happened). But although Finnish prison system is one of the softest in the world, it ended up being a bit harder than I would have expected.

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Sata vuotta parlamentarismia Suomessa - jo riittää!

Parlamentarismin olennainen ongelma ei ole kierot poliitikot, ei
manipuloitavissa oleva äänestäjäkunta eikä muutosprosessin etananvauhti.
Keskeisin ongelma ei myöskään ole pintajulkisuus, siltarumpupolitiikka,
lehmänkaupat eikä puoluekuri. Parlamentarismia ei paranna poliitikkojen
moraalin kohennus eikä äänestäjäkunnan valistaminen. Parlamentarismin
keskeisin ongelma on se, että se on yksinkertaisesti väärin.

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Broilerien renessanssi

Tämä kirjoitus on julkaistu Kapinatyöläisessä #38 sekä Nuorisotutkimusverkoston verkkojulkaisussa "Prekaariruoska? Portfoliopolvi, perustulo ja kansalaistoiminta".

Broilerien renessanssi

Nuorten äänestysaktiivisuus on kasvussa. Monen puolueen nuorisojärjestö on onnistunut pysäyttämään jäsenmääränsä laskun, muutamalla se on jopa nousussa. Miksi ilomme nuorison välinpitämättömyydestä puoluepolitiikkaa kohtaan osoittautui ennenaikaiseksi? Mikä on vikana nuorisossa, kun se edelleen lähtee tallaamaan pitkin vuosikymmeniä sitten umpikujiksi osoittautuneita polkuja?

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In Centenary of the Sveaborg uprising 30th of July – 2nd of August 1906 - lessons for anarchists

Turn of the century was time of extraordinary rapid changes in the Finnish society. Feudalism in its full form, serfdom, was never implemented in Finland, but still the social tensions were rapidly increasing. World trade volumes rapidly increasing due to imperialism demanded huge amounts of timber for building ships, which provided an influx of capital to agrarian Finnish economy, which before had been hardly more advanced than empire in general. This growth in material well-being together with end of a 300 year period of a colder climate which caused a series of famines (last one in 1869) and other developments in agriculture and trade resulted a rapid growth of the rural population, which quickly aggravated land problem and created urban proletariat (although Finland remained an agrarian country until 1950’s-1960’s).

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In Centenary of the Sveaborg uprising 30th of July - 2nd of August 1906 .(continuation)

Support by Finnish workers movement

In the morning, commander of Finnish Red Guard Johan Kock made a declaration of a general strike to support the uprising, signed by himself only. This was way beyond what leadership of the Finnish Social Democrat party considered his powers to be, but during the months of preparations, Finnish Social Democrat party had not adopted any final decision on its position in case of an uprising. When Yrjö Sirola noticed Kock’s declaration in the morning of 31st, he gathered executive committee of administration of Finnish Social Democrat Party, and they visited headquarters of Kock in Villa number 14 of Eläintarha area to ask Kock why he had declared a general strike without consulting the party. John Boldt was with Kock in the villa, and he answered to party committee that ”Kock has taken a responsability and declared a general strike, and you have an opportunity to join it”. John Boldt was one of the most important persons of the Swedish-speaking workers movement in pre-independence Finland, and without a doubt most important person known as an anarchist – he was also owner of Villa number 14. Executive committee went to have their meeting, and decided not to do anything, as ”Party administration is not in course of the events”. They invited a meeting of party administration for Thursday 2nd of August, at which point rebellion was almost over already.

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My Belgrade experience

- 3rd European conference of Peoples' Global Action in Belgrade 24th-28th of July 2004



To cut long story short, PGA is a network founded 1998 in Geneva, which is


united according to the following 5 hallmarks:





  1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive globalization.

  2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.

  3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organizations, in which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.

  4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.

  5. An organizational philosophy based on decentralization and autonomy.



Currently PGA networks mostly in continental and inter-continental levels, conference in Belgrade last July was that of European continental network. PGA has several webpages. http://www.agp.org is for the inter-continental network, http://www.pgaconference.org has some documents and links related
to the continental European organizing.



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My Belgrade experience (continuing)

Contaminating from the basement



Party we had planned was about to begin. Evil Rata dared to come to conference drinking Coca-cola with no remorse, and he was rightfully assaulted for this - there was some loud yelling and coke was splashing all around. This was the revenge he deserved for all the spam e-mails he sent against the PGA. There is a speculation however, that really he was assaulted by a Pepsi salesperson, who had infiltrated the conference. This salesperson was singled out by watchful conference security, and she was forced to scrub floors.



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Puhe Helsingin kдrдjдoikeudessa 11.08.2004

(Sama englanniksi alapuolella)

Herra puheenjohtaja,

minut on kutsuttu tänne Helsingin käräjäoikeuteen 11.8.2004 sanomaan sanottavani muuntorangaistusasiassa, jossa sakkoja, jotka on määrätty minulle kutsunnoista 23.11.1998 ja 26.11.2001 poisjäännin takia muunnetaan vankeusrangaistukseksi.

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Mistä vastarinta syntyy?

(julkaisematon)

Mistä vastarinta syntyy?

Maailman erilaisista epäkohdista on kirjoitettu tuhansia hyllymetrejä kirjoja. Toisaalta sen kirjallisuudenlajin jonka tavoite on saada ihmisiä toimimaan näiden epäkohtien kumoamiseksi saavutukset ovat aika heikkoja. Ainakaan "aktivistioppaisiin" kirjoitetun tekstin määrä ei korreloi mitenkään toiminnan määrän kanssa.

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