THIS STORY WAS UPDATED
The Pekka Kataja story, the Perussuomnalaiset (PS) councilor of Jämsänkoski, is constantly changing. First, he claims that “Arab-looking” men assaulted him. That has now morphed into “possibly” it was the far right or far left.
Kataja even claimed that he was attacked due to his opinions of an asylum reception center, which he wanted to be closed.
The problem with the latter theory is that few if any at the asylum reception center has ever heard of him.
“The asylum seekers at the reception center don’t read Finnish papers so they are unaware of people like this man [Kataja], said a Jämsänkoski asylum seeker.
While we should forcefully condemn all types of violence, there is a generous dose of hypocrisy emerging from the Kataja affair. On the same day as Kataja was attacked, the family of Left Alliance Helsinki councilperson Suldaan Said Ahmed was threatened with a bb-rifle.
How many PS politicians condemed what happaned to Ahmed’s family?
Why isn’t anyone showing their repugnance for racism and hate speech perpetrated by parties like the PS?
The accusation by Kataja that the assault could have been carried out by the far-right has angered some members of this group. Miki Sileoni, who is a person with a foreign background, accused Kataja in a tweet of “bullshitting.”
A lot of other questions arise from Kataja’s claims. Some of these are:
- Did the “Arab-looking” suspects speak Finnish with an accent?
- Kataja has a long track record for his Islamophobic views. In a 2017 Yle election compass, he mentioned as one of his goals was to end “asylum tourism” and that Finland cannot afford to pay billions [of euros] to provide for them;
- ” Didn’t any red lights start to flash when the two “Arab-looking” suspects asked him to show his ID for a package with party flyers?
- Did the suspects speak Finnish with an “Arabic” accent?
- The PS believes that the attack was politically motivated. Why would anyone target a political noncelebrity in a small town in Finland?
The PS commonly ethnically profiles migrants when it comes to a crime. Sometimes, this may backfire as with the tweet below.