Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Fights, fury and the Ku Klux Klan: Finland faces wave of vigilante mobs targeting migrants as arrest of an Afghan asylum seeker for rape of 14-year-old schoolgirl pushes one town to the brink
- In the town of Kempele, tension between locals and asylum seekers is rising after a 14-year-old girl was raped
- Happened fortnight after youth migrant centre opened in town to mass opposition and 17-year-old refugee charged
- Across Finland similar cases have sparked panic, with human chains blocking refugees at the country's borders
- Even some MPs are demanding asylum seekers leave country and put an end to 'nightmare called multiculturalism'
Resentment: There were angry protests in Kempele last weekend where hundreds of locals turned out onto the streets to protests against the centre, which wasn't wanted in the first place. Just north of Kempele, in Oulu, there were also demos against Kastelli emergency hostel
In Kempele, the rape of the schoolgirl, just a fortnight after the centre for young migrants opened, sent shockwaves through the community.
Rumours quickly spread around the town that two asylum seekers from Afghanistan had been arrested over the assault.
It has since emerged that police have arrested a 17-year-old boy at the centre, who is in custody awaiting trial.
It was the spark needed for those who had opposed the centre in the first place to take to the streets - as hundreds turned out for a protest march demanding it be closed immediately.
'Finland for the Finns! Close down the centre!’ they chanted.