The Pakistani who suffered a violent attack on Friday in the Finnish city of Vantaa is recovering in hospital. It is a miracle that he survived such a vile attack, according to a nurse who said that the victim was only minutes away from death if help did not have arrived on time.
We wish the victim well and are not only shocked by what happened but worried about the safety of other visible migrants and minorities in Finland.
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The Pakistani victim suffered at the hands of three suspected white Finnish youths the following wounds, according to a source close to the victim.
The vile nature of the attack is so horrible that we cannot publish a list of the wounds that the Pakistani is today recovering from.The media has published that the victim was stabbed over 20 times, and suffered multiple fractures on the skull from blows from an ax. The media hasn’t reported as well that the suspects cut pieces of the victim with a knife.
The police have determined that the attack against the Pakistani is not a hate crime. If this is the case, and considering the unimaginable violence committed against the victim, the police should tell the Pakistani, Muslim, and migrant community of Finland how they arrived at such a conclusion.
Migrant Tales published Thursday a story on how the police in Ireland use bias indicators to decide if an attack is a hate crime or not.
A way of establishing motive is to look at bias, according to a comprehensive OSCE ODIHR Hate Crime Reporting manual.
Some of these suggested bias indicators would point to an Islamophobic or anti-migrant hate crime:
- Difference of ethnicity/background between the perpetrator and victim;
- Proximity to a mosque as well or another venue associated with Muslims/migrants;
- What does the victim’s community say?
- What does the perpetrator say why he did it?
- The vehemence of the attack – this is a very strong indicator.
Any two of the above would call for the police investigation bias/hate as a motive.
I sent the police an email today and asked what bias indicators they use to decide a hate crime.
They have not responded to my email so far.