There has been a knife attack in Turku, Finland, and people really should stop spreading, what they like to call, “fake news”.
- there’s an eyewitness video, where a man shouts and some are thinking it’s something to connect the act to a terror organisation. But in reality, the man is shouting “watch out” in Finnish: news flash, there are other languages than English.
- the attacker was shot in the leg and someone was saying, “the police should shoot to kill”. First of all, no. Second, you should get to know the law and police system of Finland before saying something like that. The police don’t go around shooting people, they rarely do it, and it’s because they’re all trained and have morals.
- and before there is an official statement from the police, stop spreading rumours. There has been victims, that’s all we know so far.
This is a sad week, first the attacks in Spain and now this. We’re not going to let fear spread, not by the people who want us to be afraid. We’re going to stand together and strong.
in turku, 8 of the 10 victims were women, two of whom died. the two men were attacked because they were trying to help the female victims. these heroic men have been named as hasan alazawii, a local entrepreneur, and hassan zubier, a swedish tourist. let us not gloss over the fact that the attacker targeted women.
This has nothing to do with this blog, but I just want to get the word out.
Re: the stabbing incident in Finland. There is a video spreading on the internet where a man shouts “Varo, varokaa”. It means “watch out”. He is NOT shouting “Allahu Akbar”. If you see people spread the video, tell them it’s Finnish for “watch out”. The misinformation is spreading super fast and as Finnish is not a widely known language, it’s hard to convince people they’re wrong.
There’s one suspect whose motives are not known yet. Might be a terrorist attack, might be not. Either way, no one shouted “Allahu Akbar”. Don’t believe the hype. Thank you.
ETA: I see some people didn’t know about it yet, so a quick rundown. 2 killed, 5 or 6 injured in a stabbing attack in the center of Turku. The suspect is in custody and atm looks like he acted alone. FWIW, I don’t live anywhere near there and am safe and unafraid. I’m just pissed off that people are spreading misinformation.
A Finnish person on Twitter knowingly posted the video of the man screaming “Varokaa” and said it was “Allahu akbar” and proceeded to bash multiculturalism in Finland. They deleted their account after being called out for it.
If you are FInnish and are using this attack and peoples’ ignorance to push your hateful Islamophobic, xenophobic bullshit, fucking shame on you. People are hurt, people are dead. How dare you spread more suffering with your lies?
You know what? I “love” (yes, it’s sarcasm) the fact that when there is a terrorist attack in Great Britain, Germany, France and etc my whole dash is filled with articles news and whatever you do because you think it will help the victims that survived etc. (This part is honest. It’s good thing you all do that.) Whole Tumblr is just buzzing.
BUT!!! When something like that happens in Spain, Barcelona where 14th people died and more than 130 people where harmed (anyone heard about it?) but also Finland, Turku - 2 people are dead, 8-ish are wounded, there is also possible terrorist attack in Russia, Surgut, this one is speculation right now as no one wants to comment this, few people where harmed, two badly…
So when this happens in countries like those my dash is empty. Like nothing, I even went to appropriate tags, there are articles etc. about those but not as much as I expected. I won’t even talk about attacks that happen in other less “well known” countries
Necessary gun control reminder after the Finland attack:
Only one person in Turku died, because it was a stabbing spree and not a shooting spree. If this had been in the US, there would have been far more fatalities, which isn’t conjecture – we can see that from our pattern of mass shootings.
Irrational supporters of an unchecked Second Amendment will continue to peddle the fantasy that an armed populace would have prevented that person from being murdered, because after the attacker had stabbed a few people, some vigilante with perfect aim would have taken him out if everyone was armed.
One, that’s demonstrably false because we regularly have interviews here in the US after a shooting where the “good guys with a gun” did *not* shoot because they didn’t want the police to be confused about the identity of the real criminal, and they weren’t sure where they should be shooting anyway.
Two, an armed populace means *everyone* is armed – the good guys and the bad guys. Your “good guy with a gun” can’t prevent a stabbing when that attacker also has a gun and has already shot five people in the time it would have taken to stab one.
This is what a violent attacking spree looks like in a developed country with appropriate respect and restrictions on guns. You can’t change human nature and you can’t prevent some humans from going rogue and turning violent. What you can do is restrict access to machinery built for the purpose of killing in order to mitigate the damages and loss of life.
Muistuttaisin vielä että kun puhutte tästä tilanteesta niin käyttäkää poliisin käyttämää sanastoa, eli älkää kutsuko tätä terroriteoksi ennen kuin poliisi varmistaa jutun motiivin. Ei pliis levitellä väärää informaatiota vaan levitetään vaan virallisia teitä tulleita tietoja. Kavereiden kesken privaatisti voitte jutella huhupuheista mut Suomessa media on kuitenki sen verran luotettava et ei viitsitä julkisesti somessa lietsoa paniikkia tai levitellä väärää tietoa muuten vaan.
Many of non-Finnish person have been wondering how this has been so shocking to Finns because there’s “only” two dead. The thing is, attacks like these don’t happen in Finland so often. Last time we had attack this huge was 2008 in Kauhajoki where over ten people got killed at school attack.
So things like these are not common in Finland and that’s the reason the whole Finland is shocked and mourning.
So please, let us mourn and don’t believe anything that police haven’t confirmed, there’s lots of false information spreading around.
Please be safe my fellow Finns, specially those who live in Turku!
Really disgusting to see how many of my “friends” on facebook are using the attacks that happened in my home town today as excuses for their racism and prejudice against refugees - while there is absolutely 0 confirmed information about who the attack was done by, where they are from and if this even was an terror attack or not.