This weekend saw some pretty ghastly pictures when a group of police officers visited Hyvinkää to detain Afghan asylum seekers. The story is significant for the following reason: It is the first time this year that Finland starts to deport Afghan nationals.
Moreover, as the picture below shows, the police officer uses a dog to detain the asylum seekers.
The picture of the police officer and the dog is the ugly face of Finland’s asylum policy at present. It is a policy that has total disrespect for human rights never mind the safety of those that it puts in harm’s way.
The police used a dog to detain asylum seekers over the weekend in Hyvinkää. Watch the full video here.
Naturally, the persons and institution behind this tough asylum policy are Interior Minister Paula Risikko, Päivi Nerg and the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
Yes, right, Risikko is the minister that gave the thumbs up in February to a group of far-right Finland First, a copy of the far-right Britain First, protestors. When we have ministers who cannot tell the difference between what is racist and not you can’t expect much in the way of asylum policy.
Send an email to Paula Risikko and Päivi Nerg at the interior ministry for deporting minors and families to Afghanistan.
But there is good news in the face of the two pictures above. A group of people went all the way to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to protest the deportations today.