On Sunday, 24th of May 2015 a person showed their distaste of the Finnish Pirate Party (Piraattipuolue) by smashing the window of the party's clubhouse. Luckily no one was hurt in the incident and no one seems to be suffering from emotional trauma of any kind. However, what shouldn't come as a surprise is our lack of hysteria or all out panic over this.
We can safely say that the damage done by the culprit was not spontaneous but somewhat thought out. The fake security cameras that the building's owner had set up were knocked down and not only was the window of the clubhouse damaged, the windshield of the party's chairperson Tapani Karvinen's car received a beating as well. The person who was inside during all this witnessed the culprit staying outside of the clubhouse, waiting for someone to come out. The person inside locked the door and proceeded to call for help immediately.
No one really knows what the culprit had in mind. It could be someone who became angry when the Pirate Party showcased comics by Charlie Hebdo and other artists outside of the World Village event in Helsinki as a show of protest when the World Village event's organizers decided to cancel the "Freedom of Speech Village" event due to depictions of Prophet Mohammed.
It could also be someone who opposes us not from a religious point of view, but from an ideological point of view. Theoretically it could be a far-right extremist who doesn't like the idea of people living freely to begin with.
Whoever it was, we don't feel like we have to worry. We could be panicking and living in fear after something like this happened, but why should we? Should we let someone's act of violence silence us, our morals or our concepts of freedom? Sure, violence is extremely scary and it hurts and even kills people... But on the other hand, if we are afraid of someone using violence against us all the time, we can't really accomplish anything, can we?
I am glad that the Finnish Pirate Party is not shaken by this occurrence and I am happy to be a part of it!
(Picture:http://media.piraattipuolue.fi/muut/puoluetoimiston_isku_2015/04_puoluetoimisto_sarjetty_ikkuna1.jpg - Public Domain)