This February 2016 video is called The Racist Vigilante Group called Soldiers of Odin in Norway.
In Syria, there are ISIS paramilitarists who behead people. In Syria, there are also ‘moderate’ paramilitarists, financed by taxpayers from the USA and other NATO countries, who behead small children.
In West European countries, there are paramilitarists with the same neo-nazi ideology as their Ukrainian counterparts. So far, as far as I know, they have not beheaded people yet. However, their violence has already started.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
PvdA [Dutch sister party of British Labour] MP Marcouch: methods of Soldiers of Odin are disgusting
PvdA MP Marcouch has asked parliamentary questions about the action by Soldiers of Odin this weekend in Winschoten [in Groningen province]. He thinks that such behavior does not fit in the Netherlands and calls the methods of the group disgusting. “It can not be that these people play frontier justice.”
Last weekend the group put a message on Facebook about a “manhunt” of a refugee who was “arrested”. The man was said to supposedly have harassed women. Police found an asylum seeker who was beaten up at the site of the Soldiers of Odin report. …
“I have submitted these questions to show that neo-Nazi-like groups should not have a free hand to hunt for migrants and refugees,” said Marcouch to the NOS Radio 1 News. He says that organizations like Pegida and Soldiers of Odin get on the streets in military uniforms to deliberately hunt refugees. “That is disgusting and we should not ignore that or play it down.”
The police said in response that such groups can act as extra eyes and ears. “But we always disapprove of lynch justice.”
Marcouch is disappointed by that reaction. “I think it’s unacceptable that the police would work with these people or would welcome their acts. We must reject this.”
He says there is a difference between citizens who may catch someone red-handed and organized groups. “They have an idea: to hunt migrants and refugees.” …
Soldiers of Odin (SOO) was founded in Finland in 2015 as a vigilante. The goal, according to the gang, is to protect people, especially women, against criminal immigrants. Members of the group are patrolling the streets. SOO says they are the extra eyes and ears of the police.
The reason for the establishment was the influx of thousands of asylum seekers to Finland. …
The founder is Mika Ranta, who has ties to far-right groups. He was convicted in 2005 for assault.
According to Finnish broadcasting corporation YLE, racism and neo-Nazism are rampant in the SOO.
Soldiers of Odin are called after the supreme god in ancient Norse mythology, Odin. In that mythology, Odin’s soldiers were called berserkers:
Berserkers (or berserks) were champion Norse warriors who are primarily reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk. These Viking champions would often go into battle without mail-coats; the word “berserk” meant going into battle wearing only wolf or animal skins.
This abuse of ancient Scandinavian paganism for modern extreme right politics is an inheritance from Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Where, eg, an SS division was called Wiking. Where Odin was depicted during nazi Christmas celebrations. German neonazi band Landser has several songs in praise of Odin/Wotan.
Mika Ranta by the way is a strange sort of Finnish nationalist, calling his neo-fascist gang Soldiers of Odin. Though Finland is usually seen as part of Scandinavia, ancient Finnish pagans did not worship Odin or other Norse gods. The Finnish language is not related at all to Scandinavian or other Germanic languages; rather to Hungarian and North Asian languages.
Nineteenth century French racist ideologist Count de Gobineau, an inspiration for twentieth century nazism, even considered Finns to be not white, but as belonging to the supposedly inferior Asian ‘yellow race’.
Gobineau saw Finns as one of two threats to the ‘Aryan master race’ in Europe: Finns from the north, Africans from the south. Nineteenth century Swedish anti-Finnish xenophobe August Sohlman based himself on Gobineau for his propaganda against equality for ‘racially inferior’ Finnish people to ‘Aryan’ Swedes. So did elitists among the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland.