Nor should there have been, stupid should be rewarded with marginalization and pejoratives….
No criminal charges will be filed against the man who dressed up as a Klansman and toted the Finnish flag during an anti-immigration demonstration at the Hennala reception centre in Lahti last autumn.
One 19-year-old man was suspected of fraudulent misrepresentation, desecrating the Finnish flag and public incitement to a criminal offense.
The prosecutor says that no evidence could be found that the man had consciously carried out a crime; his behaviour allegedly constituted free expression of opinion and freedom of speech.
The same case also involved a 45-year-old Yle reporter, charges against whom were also dropped. The journalist was on hand at the demonstration taking photographs, and was suspected of coercing the Lahti man to hold and display the large Finnish flag seen in the world-famous photograph. No indication of such coercion or of any illicit use of the national flag was found.
The anti-immigration demonstration took place in front of the Hennala reception centre in Lahti on September 24, 2015.
The man who donned the Ku Klux Klan-esque robes and hat called his behaviour a “stupid momentary stunt” in police questioning. The man said he had attended the demonstration at a friend’s suggestion and bought the clothing supplies on the very night of the protest.