Lieksa, Finland, continues to be a thorn in Pohjois-Karjala’s side

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By Enrique Tessieri

Lieksa is a troubled city in the eastern Finnish region of Pohjois-Karjala.  We have read too many stories on Migrant Tales and in the Finnish media about the racism that has struck the city after some 250 immigrants mostly from Somalia moved there. The Joensuu-based  Karjalainen reported Monday that an immigrant’s car had been vandalized on Sunday.  

The car, which had its rear and side windows smashed, had the following text written in lipstick: “I hate niggers.”

The police are investigating the matter.

Karjalainen reported that the owner of the car is concerned about his safety in the city of 12,800 inhabitants. “If they can do something like this to my car they could come to my home [as well],” he said.

While the situation in Lieksa is problematic to say the least, the consensus is that matters are improving, according to Alain Minguet, chairman of Joensuun seudun monikulttuurisuusyhdistys (Jomoni).

  1. D4R

    This news makes me remeness bad old days in the 90’s when people yelled at us the N word or when we see a racist writing similar to this one on the building walls: Go back home N”””’s or Somalians. I hope lieksa will see the daylight very soon.

  2. Mary Mekko

    Was it an Englishman writing on the car? I don’t think Finns would put their opinions in English when the recipient, a Somalian who certainly speaks Finnish, wouldn’t know English. How would that Somalian have passed the driving test if he or she couldn’t read Finnish? How could they read road signs, etc?

    Or is there a Finnish word for “nigger” such as “mustalainen” or “negari”?

    Perhaps when Somalia straightens out these poor persecuted people can go back to their homelands, where no one will touch their cars, since everyone there is the same color.

    Or do Somalians have cars, come to think of it, in Somalia? Do women drive there at all? How about bicycles?

    Certainly attacks on cars never happen in Africa, for indeed, how can “niggers” hate “niggers”, obviously they all get along when they are not persecuted by “nonniggers”.

  3. D4R

    Mary Mekko: Was it an Englishman writing on the car? I don’t think Finns would put their opinions in English when the recipient, a Somalian who certainly speaks Finnish, wouldn’t know English. How would that Somalian have passed the driving test if he or she couldn’t read Finnish? How could they read road signs, etc?

    Or is there a Finnish word for “nigger” such as “mustalainen” or “negari”?

    Perhaps when Somalia straightens out these poor persecuted people can go back to their homelands, where no one will touch their cars, since everyone there is the same color.

    Or do Somalians have cars, come to think of it, in Somalia? Do women drive there at all? How about bicycles?

    Certainly attacks on cars never happen in Africa, for indeed, how can “niggers” hate “niggers”, obviously they all get along when they are not persecuted by “nonniggers”.

    First of all, im not going no where, even if Somalia becomes peace im staying in Finland, ive rooted here, ive family here, ive life here, so you can b’ch about how much you dislike me untill you die, but im not going no where this hateret you got for us will eventually consume you,i don’t hate you, i don’t have reason to hate you, i came here as a child, i grew up in Finland with Finns,im not here to force my religion or my culture on you, im not here to take over this country, i don’t scheme non of that, i work my ass off just to live on crumbs, i have to deal people like you hating on me daily,but you can’t bring me down,so let’s take a race competition, you hate and i don’t care, let’s see how long will that take, im too strong for that, and yes as i recall when i was small little kid, my mom used to drive me in Somalia place to places, and yes people had cars a luxury cars in Somalia, that only goes to show how ignorant you are about us when you say stuff like above. I find it highly offensive for your usage of the N word, i’ll leave up to the room admin for your misbehave. And yes the racist writing was on finnish back then, you can try and manipulate what i say but you will end up short, that’s for sure.

  4. justicedemon

    Mary Mekko

    That’s a nice example of you showing all aspects of your ignorance in a few short paragraphs.

    Third generation Irish immigrant driving someone else’s bus for a living, eh? You’re getting shafted and you don’t even know it, but at least you can blame it all on the blacks.

    Some attitudes are their own punishment.

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