For some foreigners or Finns who are not white, Milliklubi (Kaivonkatu 12, 00100 Helsinki) is not the top night club on their list. In 2013, a Yle documentary on discrimination showed how the bouncers at the night club denied entry due to ethnic background.
Daniel Malpica, an artist who lives in Finland, states in a posting published by Migrant Tales the poor treatment he received from an older bouncer.
Malpica said that sometimes the rough and racist treatment of the bouncers incite customers to make racist statements against non-Finnish customers.
The same bar was filmed by a Yle crew in 2013 of not letting people in due to their ethnic background.
On August 11 there was another incident at Milliklubi. A black man ended up in hospital after being allegedly beaten with a brass knuckle and sprayed with tear gas.
Moreover, the incident appears to have gotten wide attention in the media and published by Finland’s largest daily, Helsingin Sanomat. Even prominent members of the far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party have commented on the incident, claiming that what happened was another false racism alarm by a person of color.
The interesting question about this incident and whatever may have led to the black person being hospitalized, is if this is a hate crime? Even the police came out rapidly to absolve the doorman and basically place the blame on the black man.
Writes Christian Thibault: “Some things don’t add up here: Was he beaten first and then gassed? Or was he first gassed and then beaten? In both cases very wrong and the doorman would have had to care for the victim. Was he beaten twice, once before the gassing and once after?”
“In Finland 2019 and in downtown Helsinki is a [night] club where the bouncers choose the customers based on the color of their skin. Last weekend [August 11], my big brother wanted to spend the evening at the Milliclub but he was stopped at the door and told he cannot enter because he was black. The evening ended at the Töölö hospital emergency department with a fractured jawbone, nose and eye socket. Note: The posting claims that the doorman had beaten him with a brass knuckle and sprayed him with tear gas. The police, however, denies that it was the doorman but another person who attacked the black man.”
The black person who is in the hospital will take a year to recover from his wounds, according to a source.
* The far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform has wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. 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.