ObjectivesThe Soldiers of Odin are an anti-immigration street patrol organization whose six hundred or so members are active in over twenty Finnish towns and cities housing Muslim asylum seekers and refugees.Composition of GroupThe patrols of 20-40 year old working class men are lead by the group’s founder Mika Ranta, a self-proclaimed neo nazi 29 year old truck driver with ties to the Finnish Resistance Movement, a national socialist organization. In 2005, he was convicted of a racially-motivated attack on two immigrants. The core of the membership are unemployed Finns with lengthy criminal records. The group originated in the small town of Kemi near the Arctic Circle in October 2015, when large numbers of Iraqi asylum seekers crossed into Finland from Sweden. The patrols are known for wearing matching satin jacket's with the groups name and logo on the back.The Great Syrian Migration of 2015According to the group, the influx of foreign born Muslims has “changed…
Soldiers of Odin
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