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Suomenmaa - Finland | Friday, January 15, 2016

Vigilantes more dangerous than asylum seekers

In Finland a growing number of so-called vigilante groups are being formed with the declared intention of protecting women against assaults by asylum seekers. A dangerous trend, the ruling Centre Party's mouthpiece Suomenmaa comments: "The voluntary patrols that have already been founded in 20 communities are not the right response. … In a democracy, society is responsible for maintaining peace and order. It pays taxes to finance the authorities set up for this purpose. Only a system that is subject to state controls can be given the right to use violence. Voluntary vigilante groups fuel fears, rumours and prejudices. In the past the establishment of similar groups has only led to stupid acts and violence. They pose more of a threat for the Finns than the asylum seekers themselves."

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