A Helsinki bus driver who publishes video tapes of Somali clients he’s insulted

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What would you say if a bus driver, who only video tapes Somalis, starts calling them liars and forces them off the bus even after one of them wanted to pay for the bus fare? Ethnic profiling? Racist or all of the above? 

Add to the latter a story authored by Paavo Tajukangas and the message and intent of the story is clear.

Tajukangas is a member of the far-right white supremacist Suomen Sisu association. His trademark is making up stories to suit his racist writings.

We won’t publish the videos because we don’t want to bring more suffering to the victims.

According to a Facebook posting, the bus driver of Russian origin seeks a lawyer because he found out that he cannot videotape customers and publish them.

Migrant Tales got in touch with the company, which promised to call back.

We spoke in the afternoon to Mårten Winqvist, a director of the company, who said that they hope to get to the bottom of what happened.

“Let me state that it’s not acceptable that a bus driver [of our company] videotapes clients in our buses,” said Winqvist. “Moreover, it was wrong for the bus driver to ask a woman to leave the bus even after she offered to pay the fare.”

Winqvist said that the actions of the bus driver were in conflict with company policy.

* After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity.  One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic. 

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

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