Finland should put aside its racism, prejudices, hypocrisy and challenge seriously social ills like pedophilia and sexaual abuse

by , under Enrique Tessieri

The lifesaver that was supposed to propel the Perussuomalaiset* (PS) to new heights in the polls, suffered another setback Wednesday when the National Bureau of Investigations arrested five white Finnish suspects implicated in violent child sexual abuse. The other blows that stole the PS of its Islamophobic thunder were the elderly care scadal and the Christchurch atrocity where 50 Muslims were killed. 

Writes Yle News: “A special feature [of the case] has been violence and child harm, which has played a central role [in the material]. Although we are investigating sexual offences, this is a case of violence, its glorification and receiving sexual gratification from it,” said lead investigator Sanna Springare.

In light of the hysteria that the Oulu sexual abuse cases have caused, do you agree with the following tweet below?

When we lose sight of the ball because we are too busy labelling and victimizing certain migrant groups, we lose sight of how to effectively challenge a social disease like pedophilia and sexual abuse.

Yle’s coverage of the Oulu sexual assault cases could be at its best described as overkill, even unethical. It is like using a bazooka to kill an ant. There is little balance never mind fairness in Yle’s reporting of the topic.

During November 27 to February 13, Yle published a whopping 77 stories on the sexual abuse cases of Oulu. This is not counting all the other stories that the tabloids and other print media published during that period. On January 14 alone, Yle published 13 stories about the topic!

The police do not receive high marks either by racializing the sexual abuse cases. Considering that a poll showed that 25.1% and 24.4% of the police surveyed in 2016 voted for the National Coalition Party and Islamophobic PS, respectively, it is a valid question to ask if the police framed the crimes to suit their prejudices and benefit as a result those two parties in the upcoming elections.

But that’s not all. The whole migrant community is now living in an ever-hostile society due to politicians and government ministers exploiting what happened due to parliamentary elections on April 14.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, President Sauli Ninistö, Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen, Speaker of Parliament Paula Risikko, Antti Lindtman have all expressed support for tougher laws that would affect innocent migrants.

President Niinistö went as far in his New Year’s speech to suggest that migrants should take responsibility by “exerting control” over the actions of members of its community.

Economy Minister Petteri Orpo and Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen want to give teach and test asylum seekers on Finnish values.

In light of the latest pedophilia cases, where is the outrage? Why so much silence? Where are those courses for white Finns on Finnish values?

Due to the latest crime that came to light on Wednesday, isn’t time ripe to leave our racism, prejudices, opportunism and hypocrisy aside and deal with a serious social ill called pedophilia and sexual abuse?

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.


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