Every suspected rape committed by a foreigner is a threat to the migrant and visible minority community because it gives a boost to bigots and racists in Finland. It is also a perfect example of how a social media lynching takes place in Finland and how it boosts parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, which base their popularity on anti-cultural diversity rhetoric.
Both the suspects and victim of the latest case are minors. Even so, the media and Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä haven’t wasted any time in pointing the finger at the suspected asylum seekers, aged 15 and 17 years.
And there’s an important reason why Sipilä reacted so quickly: He offered in September his home in Kemeple to asylum seekers.
There are more questions than answers that surround the latest rape case. For one, how did MTV3 television channel get information that the suspects are asylum seekers and from a country like Afghanistan? Did the police leak the information to the media?
Moreover, as Finland appears on the war path against these minors, I always thought that people are innocent until proven guilty in this country.
Just like with the Tapanila rape case, the national media and social media have already sentenced the suspects before their trial begins.
One of the biggest lies in this country about rapes committed by foreigners is that they are much higher than those committed by Finns. Politicians that spread these urban tales use percentages but never give you the actual numbers never mind how many were sentenced for rape.
Let’s put the matter straight for the record for the umpteenth time on Migrant Tales:
Why do certain politicians spread lies about migrants? Because they hate migrants and cultural diversity and because they are bigots, period. Their aim is to oppress and exclude certain migrant groups from society.
The comment below by Christian Thibault puts what happened in Kempele in context.
But it’s not only bigoted politicians but public officials like Police Chief Seppo Kolehminen,who said on YLE that Finnish women are being harassed by asylum seekers.
Again we don’t know how many cases Kolehminen is speaking of. Are they suspected cases or does the police have some statistics that shed more light on the matter?
YLE reporter Päivi Hopponen, who was on the 8:30pm news Tuesday, claimed that the police have very few reported cases of sexual harassment but that the they claim that there is a lot of sexual harassment committed by Iraqi men.
Then the reporter starts to generalize about how cultural differences between Iraq and Finland are at the heart of the problem and that there is one, yes one, case of an Iraqi asylum seeker on trial in Helsinki for suspected rape.
After labeling all Iraqis the YLE reporter states, ironically, that we should not generalize that all Iraqis are rapists and the like.
This type of reporting, politicking and social media lynching job we are seeing in Finland right now is pitiful and enough to make one want to leave this country for good.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The 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.