Comment: This story in tabloid Ilta-Sanomat is a good example of how discrimination has even hit the bread lines in Kotka. According to Kotkan Keräys, foreigners will no longer be served by the charity association.
One of the members of the association said that a sign was posted on Thursday giving notice that only those foreigners with Finnish passports would be served. “This isn’t racist,” said Ranja Laakso, “but the amount of Russians has grown greatly in our queues and our own group (Finns) suffer (as a result).”
Taking into account that poverty is indiscriminate and that unemployment is higher among immigrants when compared with the national average, why wouldn’t they be eligible for charity?
Figuring out who really needs charity is not always easy. However, one matter is for certain: our constitution clearly states that we cannot discriminate due to nationality or ethnicity.
– Oma kansa ensin, kerrotaan Kotkan Keräys- ja avustuskeskuksesta IS:lle. Kotkassa ei suostuta antamaan ruoka-apua ulkomaalaisille. Päätöstä perustellaan muun muassa venäläisten suurella määrällä. Ohikulkija hämmästyi kävellessään leipäjonon ohi Kotkan Hovinsaarella torstaina.