By Enrique Tessieri
Lieksa is a troubled city in the eastern Finnish region of Pohjois-Karjala. We have read too many stories on Migrant Tales and in the Finnish media about the racism that has struck the city after some 250 immigrants mostly from Somalia moved there. The Joensuu-based Karjalainen reported Monday that an immigrant’s car had been vandalized on Sunday.
The car, which had its rear and side windows smashed, had the following text written in lipstick: “I hate niggers.”
The police are investigating the matter.
Karjalainen reported that the owner of the car is concerned about his safety in the city of 12,800 inhabitants. “If they can do something like this to my car they could come to my home [as well],” he said.
While the situation in Lieksa is problematic to say the least, the consensus is that matters are improving, according to Alain Minguet, chairman of Joensuun seudun monikulttuurisuusyhdistys (Jomoni).