Comment: Lieksa is a small Finnish town in northern Pohjois-Karjala region where some of its inhabitants are acting as if they’d never seen a foreigner never mind an African in their lives. According to Joensuu-based daily Karjalainen, a groups of Finns from Lieksa attacked three Somalians with knives.
The daily does not state how many men attacked the Somalians.
One of the Somalians was stabbed and treated for his wounds at the Lieksa health center.
The police believe that the attack has all the signs of a hate crime.
If one reads the blogs on Uusi Suomi there is some interesting commentary about the attacks. One woman, Reija Hirn, gives her racist version of what happened: “The Somalians were out to rob and rape and Finns prevented it (from happening).”
Hirn’s thread got 70 likes with that thread and later on writes: “The best thing to do is to kick out the Somalians from Lieksa to Inari (northern Lapland).”
What worries me in Finland is that when these types of hate crimes occur, some Finns appear to get an eerie enjoyment and feeling of satisfaction. In many ways they sound like Perussuomalaiset party MP James Hirvisaari, when he suggested that the mass killings in Norway was partly due to foreigners raping Norwegian women.
Ainakin kaksi miestä sai vammoja teräaseesta viime yönä kello 4:n aikaan Lieksan keskustassa Siltakadulla. Kahakan osapuolina oli joukko lieksalaisia miehiä ja kolme somalimiestä.