A leading expert on racism, Dr Vesa Puuronen of the University of East Finland, says he is not surprised by a recent attack at the Helsinki Pride event and vandalism against the headquarters the Helsinki branch of the national gay rights organization. He believes that more strikes targeting minorities will be seen in the run-up to next spring’s elections.
“These actions targeted at sexual minorities are in no way surprising. It seems more like that over the past year there have a number of less serious attacks on various minorities, ethnic and sexual, in different parts of the country,” says Puuronen
This researcher believes that there will be an increase in the number of incidents as the spring’s parliamentray elections approach.
“It is extremely likely. We have elections coming. Issues concerning immigration and minorities are guaranteed to come to the fore. For certain, these types of incidents will occur at a greater rate.”