Who’s responsible for the spike in hate crimes in Finland?

by , under Enrique Tessieri

National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehmainen states that there is an upsurge in hate crimes in Finland, according to YLE News. He states that those hate crimes that are reported to the police service are only the tip of the iceberg. Is Kolehmainen being disingenuous? Why doesn’t mention he state clearly that politicians and political parties are polarizing society and emboldening racists?   

The national police commissioner states that one of the problems is that victims are reluctant to file a complaint to the police service. And why would they? It takes months, if not a near-eternity, for the police to get in touch with you.

Migrant Tales reported in May a case when a white Finnish woman insulted in a racist manner and threw a bucket of water on a Kenyan woman who lives in Helsinki. Still today the police and the non-discrimination ombudsman have not been in touch with the victim.

The latest sentences for hate speech – all present or former Perussuomalaiset (PS)* politicians – of MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, Tampere city councilor Terhi Kiemunki, Olli Sademies, Sebastian Tynkkynen and many others are an example of where part of the problem originates.

After Hakkarainen, who has insulted migrants and minorities in Finland systematically, got sentenced for hate speech and was slapped a ridiculously low fine of 1,160 euros, the PS MP went on the rampage again labeling and victimizing Muslims by claiming that Finland is already seeing examples of Sharia law.

How long will it take for the police service and society understand that there is a serious racism problem in Finland and we need to take more effective measures to challenge this cancer? The fact that Hakkarainen’s party, the PS, sits in government with the Center Party and National Coalition Party, is an example of our denial of racism in this country.

Meanwhile, officials like Kolehmainen of the police service and politicians encourage us to look the other way. Our courts will, likewise, slap these politicians’ hands softly and offer them a reward by bolstering their popularity and political careers. The present situation is a good example of how lost Finland is concerning hate speech and its roots.

The present situation is a good example of how lost Finland is concerning hate speech, racism and bigotry and its roots.

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The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”