Police allegedly threatened asylum seeker with deportation if “he didn’t behave” and stop protesting

by , under Enrique Tessieri

A fight that took place today between two families at the Kolari asylum reception center forced five police service vans and 12-15 police to arrive at the camp, which is located in a far-flung village of 3,857 inhabitants, according to sources contacted by Migrant Tales. The fight is one matter but what the police allegedly told an asylum seeker is equally worrying. 

While some may see dispatching five squad cars to break up a fight between two families as an exaggeration and a waste of taxpayers’ money, it’s what the police sometimes says and does that can cause concern.

While we want to believe that the police service tries to be impartial and do its job professionally, we sometimes learn that this isn’t the case.

If the story of an asylum seeker is to be believed at the Kolari reception center, two police told him that they didn’t want to speak to him, a potential witness of the fight, “because he [and another person] at the camp cause problems [like organizing a peaceful demonstration this month against the manager].”

The source claimed that the two policemen, who were in the presence of a Red Cross employee, told the asylum seeker that they would be “sent back to their country if they didn’t stop causing trouble.”

If this is the case, we consider the police to have crossed the line. Asylum seekers, like us, are guaranteed the human right to demonstrate.

Moreover, is this the job of the Finnish police to tell them that they’ll be deported if they don’t shut their mouths up? If this actually happened today, what does it say about the Red Cross employee who didn’t react to what the police said?

For one it shows that matters are still in pretty bad shape at the Kolari asylum reception center.