When I read the news about street patrols whose aim is to “protect” civilians from asylum seekers I was naturally shocked. What surprised me, even more, was that the police hasn’t done much to discourage these types of street patrols.
These streets patrols by groups like the Soldiers of Odin do more harm than good because they are dangerous and the real culprits.
Their presence in public and the media is an act of violence, especially if you’re not a white Finn. Whatever their name may be, Soldiers of Odin or Asikkala-Turva, what they are promoting is white supremacist crimes never mind hindering the police in offering security.
Apart from the potential of harassing asylum seekers and migrants in Finland, they are a risk to people like myself and are a threat.
The other matter that surprised me was how the rise of racism in Finland has provoked attacks against asylum seekers and migrants. I wouldn’t be surprised if these types of groups would be behind some of recent and future arson attacks against asylum reception centers.
Discrimination and prejudice will not go away but worsen in Finland as long as these groups are allowed to roam our streets freely and take, even if they claim not to, the law in their hands.
Apart from fuelling more insecurity, there is no security crisis in Finland or the need for such street patrols.