Our readers who have been following ARC’s series on the Canadian branch of the Soldiers of Odin are aware that the group originated in Finland and was founded by Mike Ranta:
Prior to founding the Soldiers of Odin, Ranta, an avowed “White Nationalist” and neo-Nazi, was and still is a member of the Finnish Resistance Movement:
Ranta, who was convicted of a 2005 racially-motivated attack against two immigrants, admits readily to being a neo-Nazi — “Yes, I am” — but insists his ideology and membership in the Finnish Resistance Movement has nothing to do with the patrols.
“Just because I am, as the founder or whatever, it doesn’t mean the whole group are (neo-Nazis)… We’re just a street patrol group, so why are people making it into something else?,” Ranta argued.
Since the publication of the above article, Ranta has been convicted of aggravated assault and given an 18 month suspended sentence for his attack on a man and woman.
Soldiers of Odin Canada, founded by Manitoba resident Joel Angott, was authorized by Ranta’s original Finnish chapter to begin operations in Canada:
This past week, members of the Finnish Resistance Movement assaulted a man during a rally. That man later passed away as a result of his injuries:
FINNISH MAN DIES AFTER BEING ASSAULTED BY NEO-NAZISPosted on 17.9.2016 by mikael
A Finnish man, Jimi Joonas Karttunen, that was assaulted by neo-Nazis from the Finnish Resistance Movement (FRM) Saturday the 10th of September has died of his injuries. The news was first given by his father Kauko-Vesa Karttunen in a Facebook post on Saturday and the identity of the man has since then been confirmed by other sources, including an old school friend that Kaivuri has talked to. The assault against the 28 year old Karttunen happened during a demonstration by FRM in the center of Helsinki. Karttunen was assaulted from the back by members of FRM and hit his head as he fell on the ground, after he had expressed his dissent to the protestors.
What is clear so far is that the victim was hospitalised shortly after the attack due to severe head trauma and remained in intensive care for several days. He was released from the hospital on Thursday but began to suffer from intense headaches again on Friday and called the emergency services. When the emergency services arrived he had already lost consciousness and was proclaimed dead on Friday at 10 PM.
FRM released a video of Karttunen lying on the ground next to a pool of blood on Sunday the 12th of September. In an accompanying text, the organization said they had to ‘discipline’ some people who challenged them, effectively confessing members of the group were behind the assault. Several pictures connected to the article show known members of the organization, giving an idea of which people were present.
The police have, nonetheless, been reluctant comment on the events to mainstream media outlets (1,2,3,4) and refused to verify whether a causal relation between the death of Karttunen, but confirm that the case is under investigation. Meanwhile, in a post on their website, the Antifascist network Varis has connected names to the faces visible in the pictures published by FMR. Several of the whom have a record of violence against people of colour, queers and political opponents.
Kaivuri will participate in all efforts to bring the attackers to justice and we will continue to update as the situation develops.
The FRM propaganda video of the aftermath can be seen at about 2:06:
Read more » . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Man Assaulted by Finnish Neo-Nazi Group Linked to the Soldiers of Odin Dies
The media attention focused on the Canadian branch of the Soldiers of Odin has grown increasingly intense the past couple of weeks and the leadership is starting to feel the heat:
The last article is of interest since it indicates that as the public has become more aware of the group, the less inclined the public is to support them despite their efforts to appear as a benevolent and charitable organization:
But because of the group’s name, they’re being forced to strike down misconceptions that they are a fringe group looking to keep Canada white.
“That’s just misinformation that’s been brought over from other countries,” Agnott said. “What they do over in Finland and in Europe, they have all sorts of different issues altogether. That’s not really what we are. We’re an independent charter of Soldiers of Odin; we’re a community watch group.”
But this bit of information isn’t widely known in Canada, and it’s led to the Soldiers of Odin Canada to be shut down in one instance where they tried to hold a fundraiser.
On Aug. 27, the Saskatchewan chapter tried to hold a barbecue fundraiser for STARS Air Ambulance.
Mark Oddan, communications lead for STARS in Saskatchewan told the CBC, when the Soldiers of Odin approached the organization to see if they would attend the fundraiser, STARS declined to attend.
“We didn’t know who this group was and then did some research and thanked them for their interest and their support, but we declined their invite and said we cannot accept any funds from them as their values are not aligned with ours,” Oddan said.
Of course the claim to being an independent chapter sort of flies in the face of statements by Canadian SOO leaders that chapters need the approval of the parent chapter in Finland that was founded by an avowed racist to operate.
ARC was interviewed by a number of the journalist who have written articles about the SOO and we hope that we have been able to provide some decent background on the group and the membership. One of these articles was published later this past week
and contains some points that we would like to address:
The blog Anti-Racist Canada (ARC) — an anonymous group that says it is concerned by racist movements — has been tracking SOO Canada mostly via social media since at least March of this year.
An ARC representative, who identified themselves only as ‘nos’, questions why public statements by people like Angott decrying racism don’t seem to match with the activity of its members in private and sometimes secret Facebook groups.
ARC has also pointed to social media connections between SOO members and members of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
We’ve actually already written about the link between SOO members and supporters to the Hell’s Angels in an earlier article
, however we are currently collecting information for a follow-up article which we hope to publish some time this week.
Angott himself, ARC notes, was Facebook friends with Ingrid Rimland, wife of notorious Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel.
When asked about this, Angott told SooToday he had received a Facebook request from a profile with that name but that he did not know who that person was, who Ernst Zündel was, or that holocaust denial “was a thing” and he has since unfriended the account.
While we can’t categorically refute Angott’s claim that it was Ingrid Rimland who added him as a friend that he didn’t know who she was when he added her, we believe this claim could be questioned given:
- Angott has been very careful about who he has added as a friend on his Facebook profile (believe us, we’ve tried to add him but he seems a bit skittish for some reason) so it doesn’t seem realistic that he would add Rimland whom he claims not to have known.
- Why would an 80 year old woman seemingly randomly add some guy as a friend who lived in Gimli, Manitoba?
- As “Holocaust revisionist royalty” through her own efforts as well as her marriage to Ernst Zundel, people who are inclined to agree with her views would be more likely to request her friendship than the other way around, though we should hasten to add that there’s nothing yet that indicates that SOO Canada founder and president Joel Angott has denied the reality of the Holocaust himself.
- If Ingrid Rimland slipped through the cracks, that would be one thing. But how might he then explain the others we’ve found who have ties to racist groups?
So either Angott is naive, or there might be something else to this. We should however note that he has indeed unfriended Ms. Rimland.
Angott said that over the summer Soldiers of Odin purged some of its Canadian members for having racist views, and has deliberately distanced itself from racist groups.
“We’ve slowed down on accepting members until we’ve fully checked them out and fully vetted them. We did have some people with ulterior motives come into our organization. We weren’t as vigilant as we should have been with these types of people. We did some research, back checking on who they are and what they stand for and we have released people that didn’t have the values that our organization carried (because) they were racist,” said Angott.
This brings us to the crux of the issue. Angott claims to have purged their membership of individuals possessing racist views.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Examining Soldiers of Odin Claims to Have "Purged" Membership of Racists
We don’t usually refer to ourselves as “media” though in the absolute sense, we suppose we are. We run a niche blog who’s members have a realistic understanding concerning our national exposure. Still, we like to think that at least on occasion we’ve been able to punch above our weight by breaking a few stories before the msm have.
As far as we know, we were amongst the first, if not the first, “media” source that began covering the entry of the Soldiers of Odin onto the Canadian scene. However since we began, there has been some really good journalism focused on the SOO. Not too long after our first exposé, Vice published a story by Mack Lamoureux who was able to infiltrate a meeting by the Alberta chapter of Soldiers of Odin. And last week, CBC’s Samantha Craggs wrote what we would regard as a pretty hard hitting profile of the SOO and the group’s efforts to organize in the city of Hamilton.
Some members of the SOO took notice, including co-leader of the Saskatchewan chapter of the Soldiers of Odin:
In the article, the national president of the Canadian Soldiers of Odin, Joel Angott, claims that the group is opposed to racism:
The presence in Hamilton is informal right now, with about eight or nine members getting organized, said SOO national president Joel Angott. There’s a lot of interest, but potential Hamilton members are being carefully vetted.
SOO members do neighbourhood patrols, Angott told CBC Hamilton in a phone interview from Winnipeg. Right now, its Hamilton plans focus on cleaning up local parks.
He denies that the group is anti-immigration, or anti-Muslim, although the group’s bylaws lament the government “accepting refugees from countries that hate us” and “letting illegal aliens into this country and giving them the ability to vote and drive.”
Denying that the SOO is not anti-immigrant or anti-Muslim sort of flies in the face of what is routinely posted on the various provincial Soldiers of Odin chapters’ Facebook pages however. For example, here are a few from the British Columbia chapter group page:
Read more » . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Soldiers of Odin: Canadian Media Paying Attention
We don't usually refer to ourselves as "media" though in the absolute sense, we suppose we are. We run a niche blog who's members have a realistic understanding concerning our national exposure. Still, we like to think that at least o… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Soldiers of Odin: Canadian Media Paying Attention
We would like to introduce our readers to Monika Schaefer, a three time (and perhaps four time) federal Green Party candidate in the Alberta riding of Yellowhead:
We first came across Monika Schaefer a few years back when Arthur Topham published an open letter penned by Schaefer to Green Party leader Elizabeth May regarding Schaefer’s belief that the 9/11 attacks were a “false flag” operation:
Now, anyone being promoted by the likes of Topham in regards to this particular conspiracy theory is likely going to have some other suspect views. Ms. Schaefer confirmed this when she referenced, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
” as if it is a legitimate primary document rather than the plagiarized fraud it has been proven to be time and time again:
Read more » . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Former Green Party Candidate and 9/11 "Truther" Also Denies Holocaust
We would like to introduce our readers to Monika Schaefer, a three time (and perhaps four time) federal Green Party candidate in the Alberta riding of Yellowhead:We first came across Monika Schaefer a few years back when Arthur Topham published an… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Former Green Party Candidate and 9/11 "Truther" Also Denies Holocaust
We've learned that Richard Warman has won another one. David Icke has paid Warman $90,000 to settle a rather long running libel action:
DAVID ICKE SETTLES LIBEL ACTION5 March 2015British conspiracy writer David Icke and co-defendants have paid Canadian human rights lawyer Richard Warman $210,000 CDN (117,000 GBP) in damages and legal costs to settle . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: March 2015 Bits and Bites: Warman, Dr. Dawg, Zundel, and Daniel Gallant
NOTE: This is a little screen shot heavy. Be forewarned.
On June 26, Sec. 13 of the Human Rights Act cease to exist. As our friend BCL noted however there is no reason why Sec. 13, which was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, can not be brought back by a more enlightened government . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Sec. 13 Dead…. For Now
That James Keegstra did not die on June 12 when the news became public, but in fact died 10 days earlier, is telling. The name Keegstra was still mentioned occasionally by the likes of Fromm when he rambled on about Sec. 319 and about free speech in an abstract way, but the man himself had . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Keegstra’s Death: Relic of the Past Responds
KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/race-traitor-the-true-story-of-canadian-intelligence-service-s-greatest-cover-upAmazon: http://www.amazon.com/Race-Traitor-Canadian-Intelligence-Services-ebook/dp/B00JA05FYM
A few years back, we posted a link to Elisa Hategan's novel, Race Traitor. While it was a work of fiction, it was still very obviously based on her experience in the Heritage Front as well as her subsequent defection and testimony that ultimately helped take down the group. Many members of . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: The Heritage Front: The True Story in Race Traitor
We're currently waiting for some information regarding a couple of upcoming articles, but we thought that we would revisit our project concerning documenting the history of the Canadian racist movement. The primary focus of our research has been on the years 1989 to 1994 under the leadership of Wolfgang Droege which coincided with the rise . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Old Haunts of the Heritage Front
Summertime and the livin' is easy!
We have to admit that the blog has not be a primary focus for our members. Life has gotten in the way in the best possible way and we've been just having way too much fun. As such we really haven't been interested in allowing the miserable excuses for . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Don Andrews: Nothing If Not Persistent
So, riddle us this Marc….
Where were you on June 15, 1999?
We can live with that.
Christie in his law kiosk
Not surprisingly, we've already been criticized for our focus on Doug Christie by our friends at Free Dominion, including what might be a veiled (and pretty ironic in light of their claim to be supporters of free speech) threat of, we suspect, future litigation for having the temerity to . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Doug Christie: The Truth Will Out (Part II)
Hey, trivia question for our readers.
What do these guys….
1. Nick Griffin 2. Dennis Mahon 3.Richard Girnt Butler, Aryan Nations founder4. Eugène Terre'Blanche, founder of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement5. Ewald Althans (no longer a part of the neo-Nazi movement)6. Bernard Klatt 7. Tom Metzger of W.A.R. 8. Wolfgang Droegeand Marc Lemire, the first and . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Continuing our Documentation Project (And An Examination of Marc Lemire: Part XII)
The way you deal with Nazis is to, “break their heads.”
The JDL fundraiser for Free Dominion took place about a week ago and was attended a who's who of the Canadian right-wing blogosphere as well as some of the more active members of Free Dominion. Prior to this, Connie responded to our last . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Answering Free Dominion: Part II
Not sure of the details, but boneheads are claiming online that Arthur Topham was arrested this past Wednesday:
Arthur Topham, publisher of the Radical Press website, was arrested on May 16, 2012, at 11:30 am on the Barkerville Highway near Quesnel, B.C., put in handcuffs and taken to jail. Apparently, Arthur’s home had been staked . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Arthur Topham Arrested
As we’re in a bit of a lull right now (and that is decidedly a very good thing) we thought we would start some work on a project that we had considered long ago but had put on the back burner. However we will need the help of our readers.
In 1989, perhaps the most . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Heritage Front Project
We were sent this a few moments ago:
Shawn MacDonald’s court appearance delayed till 1:30 pm today (same courtroom 307 at 222 Main). He has plead not guilty to the hate crimes and they are setting trial dates (he elected for a judge and jury). His lawyer is infamous/notorious far-right libertarian Doug Christie who has . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Update on Macdonald Court Appearance
On Saturday, we published an article speculating that Marc Lemire, or at least his wife, isn’t pleased with Paul Fromm using Lemire’s Sec. 13 fight to fundraise off of, since another poster also implied that the money raised in other cases may not have reached those for who the money was originally intended.
One of . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective 2011-12-05 08:16:00
Yesterday, we posted a link to one time Heritage Front member Elisse Hategan who did more to take down the Front than any Canadian government agency ever could (and, really, in spite of some government agencies). Despite the efforts from 2001 to 2005 to revive the group, Elisse's testimony essentially killed the Heritage Front as . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: What to Get Out of the Racist Movement? Please Read This.
Hey, remember this photo on the left? If you do, it’s because it is one of the more common photos of Holocaust deniers Ernst Zundel found on the internet. In the photo Zundel appears with two individuals in semi-paramilitary uniforms who appear to be acting as bodyguards. At one point there was speculation that . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: We Know Know Who the Guy in the Zundel Photo Is
Alright. You're fishing for a response, here ya go.Don't worry. All will make sense soon enough.More of the msn, including "The National Post", have now commented on the most recent Terry Tremaine decision. And so have our friends a… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Okay, We’ll Bite
We noted this on October 27.A little over a week later, CTV appears to be among the first of the msm to cover the story.Not that we want to be critical of the msm, but come on! We’re a blog that, according to some sources, no on reads. We shouldn’t be … . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: MSM Catches Up on Tremaine