Either one is hyping/inventing the story, or the other is downplaying it.
How is it that the head of a reception center for fraudugees in Lahti can’t determine the exact amount of those attacked? It’s supposedly anywhere between 5 – 10 residents attacked. If someone was indeed attacked by men with baseball bats, they would come forward with the information and the accurate number would be known, and the police would be notified.
NOTE: Also, if these fraudugees were involved in provoking/starting violent incidents, it would explain their reluctance to come forward to the police. I do not automatically assume that they’re the innocent party.
The manager of a reception centre in Lahti has claimed that a number of residents have been attacked during a two-week spate of violent assaults against asylum seekers on the streets of Lahti.
The manager of Hennala reception centre in Lahti, Markku Heikkilä, said that between five and ten refugees have been assaulted on the street within a single two-week period. Heikkilä said that whereas refugees were previously able to walk around the town safely, a number of incidents have come to light recently where an asylum seeker has been punched and kicked by a group of Finnish men. The victims claimed the attackers also had baseball bats, Heikkilä said.
Reception centre staff have taken some of the victims, who suffered cuts and bruises, to hospital.
The incidents reportedly took place in the evenings or at night in the centre of Lahti or on the route to the reception centre, which is two kilometres out of town.
Only one police report
Detective Inspector Martti Hirvonen, from Häme police, said that so far they have only received one report of an attack on a resident at the centre that matches Heikkilä’s description. Police say they are looking into that case.
”We’ll see if this is a trend, as claimed, or just a one-off. We’re taking this seriously and will react vigorously if more cases come to light,” Hirvonen said.
This story was first reported by the newspaper Etelä Suomen Sanomat.