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Finland, what is going on here?

September 25, 2015

Racism is rearing its big, fat, ugly head in Finland…

This will be brief.

WTF is going on in Finland? The headlines in the media over the last few days are staggering.

A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the door of a refugee centre in Kouvola (Finland Today)

Ku Klux Klan-clad protester in Lahti anti-asylum seeker demonstration (YLE News)

Anti-immigration protesters urged to stop wearing hockey shirts (YLE News)

“Close the borders!” This is the message of anti-immigrant demonstrations today (Finland Today)

I’ll ask the ever rhetorical question(s): What on earth has happened to kindness and human decency for those who need help? Why is the media giving press to the vocal racist minorities whose photos will no doubt be splashed across other media outlets around the world?

Then the finger wagging will begin, as will the vehement defence that, “No, not all Finns are like this.” We’re not…

I realize we’re experiencing difficult times, but come on! Throwing Molotov cocktails to express your displeasure is nothing but destructive.

The Finland I moved to in the late 1990s was not like this – and man, it’s getting ugly out there.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sonia permalink
    September 27, 2015 10:36 pm

    I agree, where is my Finland from the end of 90s?

    I have never perceived Finland as an open country, because due to its history, location and mindset, it has always been inward-oriented, but never as hostile as now.

    A history book would not harm. An independent one, not only the one with the pleasing facts.

  2. anonymous permalink
    September 28, 2015 4:34 pm

    I’m of the opinion that taking in refugees and any larger scale operations to help people should be judged based on their over-all effect (and bang-for-buck when resource-limited), which reveal most of them to be somewhat nice for a lucky few but very ineffective in total. So, some might lump me in with these assholes. No, this shit is just insane. Even though the discussion of immigration policies has been prevented for at least a decade now, this shit can not happen.
    I see it as what happens when things aren’t addressed but ignored and also what happens when a populist political choice, the only existing one, gets into power and betrays their voters. Neither is a justification. The sad thing is that these will be used as further excuse to shutdown any discussion that should have happened already and that will only fan the flames.

    I think mixed in there’s a great deal dissatisfaction for the insane austerity policies that the euro forces us into, etc., so whether even the people themselves understand it or not, this isn’t just about one thing. It’s a mixture of dissatisfaction boiling over.

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