Juha Maenpää, the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* substitute MP, who wrote that the burning of an asylum reception center in Niinisalo Tuesday morning was how god answered his prayers, is an indication of how xenophobia has overtaken Finland. Reaction to what he said are highly revealing as well about the state of Finland today.
To show how lopsided the present debate about asylum seekers and our ever-growing culturally diverse society is, one could test the latter statement by Juha Maenpää and ask what would happen if a migrant, never mind a Muslim, would have made such a claim.
Instead of the Muslim stating what Maenpää said, “Great. There is a god. My prayers have been answered,” the only word the Muslim would substitute in Maenpää’s statement is god for Allah.
How would the media and politicians react? Would we see a storm or a hurricane?
Migrant Tales spoke to Maenpää by phone Wednesday. He said that “politicians should wake up to the situation, if they don’t it could spark a civil war.”
Today on a Facebook post on his wall, which was published by waltamedia.fi, Maenpää didn’t appear to repent what he posted on his Facebook wall Tuesday.
Headlined “I’m in the eye of the storm!” Maenpää claims that he didn’t pray for the asylum reception center to be razed to the ground. He said that his statement was taken out of context.
While the PS politician appears to want to confuse us with his double-talk, few people, even from his party, believe what he said was appropriate. But then there’s this usual silence coming from the PS…
Read full story here.
If such a snow job by Mäenpää doesn’t surprise you, check out what the president of The Finnish Police Federation (SPJL), Yjrö Suhonen, wrote Tuesday.
“I’m afraid that soon see in the streets of Finland soldiers like in France,” Suhonen wrote, adding that Finland doesn’t have enough policemen and that the job of guaranteeing security cannot be left to the civilian population.
The president of the police union wrote that asylum reception centers shouldn’t be established in small communities apparently like in Niinsalo that was the target of an arson attack.
“Asylum reception centers have been established throughout Finland and at sparsely populated locations,” continued Suhonen. “Normally at such places they have to wait in the worst cases for hours for the police patrol to arrive. Support from another police patrol [arriving at the scene] is an illusion.”
That’s almost all fine what Suhonen states but where does he condemn in his blog entry what happened in Niinisalo and what Maenpää said? Or is he stating by not condemning the arson attack that it’s fine to act aggressively against asylum reception centers and their inhabitants?
There are so many mixed messages in today’s Finland that sends the wrong message to the wrong people.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.