On Saturday about 3 pm, the police, the National Border Guards, Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI), Customs, Rescue Department, and City of Helsinki health inspectors started to ask foreign-looking people for their identification in Puhos, a shopping center in Eastern Helsinki frequented by migrants.
The big question that emerges is if this operation by the police and other authorities is just another case of ethnic profiling.
The police and other officials like the Finnish Border Guards at Puhos on Saturday. Photos by Muhammed Shire.
“I asked a policeman [at Phos] why they are asking people for their identification and why they don’t ask those who go to shops run by white Finnish?” he queried, adding that the police said that “on a weekly basis they do these types of operations, but he wouldn’t say where.”¨
Migrant Tales will follow up on this story on Sunday.