Finland: 100th anniversary of workers' revolution drowned in blood
Publisher: Socialist World
Date Written: 06/12/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21827
A look at the Workers' Revolution in Finland, a source of inspiration and a powerful example of the strength of collective struggle.
The class war, the Finnish Civil War from late January to May 1918, was a direct consequence of the bourgeoisie's fear that the October Revolution in Russia would be followed by a socialist revolution in Finland. The Whites, the counter-revolutionary forces, supported by German imperialism, sent weapons and 10,000 soldiers to Finland, and the 1917-18 Finnish revolution was defeated. The terror of the Whites, which "would turn the Reds into a pariah caste", during and after the Civil War, provides a horrific example of how far reaction is prepared to go. The extent of the violence and terror can only be compared to the massacre that ended the Paris Commune in 1871, when more than 30,000 people were killed.