A new case of a 10-year-old girl being beaten allegedly because of her Muslim background reported today by the police and television station MTV. The last case, which also involved a 10-year-old Muslim girl, happened just before Christmas in the suburb of Espoo.
According to MTV, the mother of the victim said that a fifteen-year-old girl had asked her daughter if she were a Muslim. “[My] daughter did not answer her question when the 15-year-old had told my daughter that she would end up in hell where Satan would rape her,” the upset mother said.
Accoding to the police, the girl was attacked and beaten by four to five suspects.
While onlookers did nohing to stop the fight, a woman came to the rescue and took the girl to her car where she called the police and an ambulance.
The girl did no sustain any serious injuries but was clearly traumatized by the incident, accoring to MTV.
What is interesting to watch now is what the police will say and if they decide this should be treated as a hate crime.
Read the original statement (in Finnish) here.
Violence against Muslims in Finland has grown thanks to Islamophobic parties like the Perussuomalaiset* and others that have fuelled a hostile environment against migrants. Even mainstream parties like the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) have said dear little against the angers of racism and Islamophobia.
This story will be updated once we have more information about what happened.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way.
A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.