As European countries continue to be racked by out-of-control refugees committing sexual crimes against women, citizens are rising up to take back their communities. One group, the Soldiers of Odin, is doing just that in Finland.
The vigilante group began patrolling the streets after a new wave of sex-related crimes perpetrated by Muslim migrants occurred in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. And after hearing of the rape and sexual molesting of women in Germany on New Year's Eve, concerned citizens, fathers of daughters, and anyone concerned for others' safety, have all banded together to keep women safe.
In the past six months, the Finnish town of Tampere has received over 4,000 refugees (mostly from Iraq) and with them, an increase of crimes against Finns, including rape and a teenage girl being stalked. One man, an Iraqi himself, told The Washington Post that he has lived in the town since 2010 and has noticed the disturbing changes. He described breaking up two young Iraqi "asylum seekers" who were harassing a woman he said was "clearly uncomfortable" with their sexual advances.
Many Finnish citizens are also concerned for their towns after hearing about the horrors occurring in Germany, as women continue to be harassed by the Muslim migrants; some at public pools where the men are ejaculating and defecating in the water. Or from nearby Sweden, where a young social worker was stabbed to death by a 15-year-old refugee under her care at a shelter.
But to hear The Washington Post describe the situation, it is "fear and paranoia" that has led to groups like the Soldiers of Odin. Despite reporting on the horrors happening at the hands of these migrants in Europe, the paper concedes that perhaps Muslims now have something to fear coming into these countries. The same Iraqi-born citizen interviewed said Muslim women are afraid to go out because of the street patrols. He said, "We are afraid of them, and they are afraid of us."
WaPo describes the Soldiers of Odin:
[A] new far-right citizens group sprouting chapters across Finland. Its members are multiplying as this northern nation becomes a case study in the fear and suspicion gripping Europe after multiple sexual assaults allegedly committed by asylum seekers and others on New Year’s Eve.
The report was careful to note that some in the group have adopted the Confederate flag and displaying it on their vehicles: "Because, they said, they just liked the look of it." There is also concern that some members are known neo-Nazis and criminals. Or it could just be the sinister nature of Odin himself; the Nordic god of war and death.
The Soldiers of Odin Facebook page, liked nearly 25,000 times, recently posted this message, which seems to suggest a less hate-filled pledge: