Russian DJ Speaks Out About Violent Security Assault at Flow Festival in Finland

Flow Festival
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General atmosphere at Flow Festival on Aug. 12, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. 

"I was screaming for help and trying to get away," Inga Mauer wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post.

Russian DJ and producer Inga Mauer was assaulted and arrested by security staff at Helsinki's Flow Festival on Saturday and now the performer is speaking out about her mistreatment.

Mauer's friend and fellow performer, Marie Davidson, wrote a post on Facebook the next day that described the horrific event, explaining that "they violently dragged her out of one of the festival area because she refused to leave right away," and even threw Davidson out into the street when she tried to help her friend. 

In response, Flow Festival issued a statement to FACT, apologizing for the incident and promising an investigation on their part. 

On Tuesday (Aug. 15), Mauer wrote her own lengthy recount of the violent incident in a Facebook post that has since been deleted. 

"Two people grabbed my hands and started dragging me on the ground, as if I were a sack of potatoes," she wrote. "Next moment, there are five men around me, dragging me somewhere. They took me behind some fences and locked me away from my friends. I was alone. I looked like a real criminal, like I did something horribly bad. I was screaming for help and trying to get away."


She continued, stating that she was actually glad that the incident occurred. 

"I am happy that this happened," she wrote. "It's during these moments I see how many beautiful people there are around me. We are responsible for what is happening in our surrounding. Not the web. The real life. Always show how you actually are. We must never just pass by. Never. Because then, one day, somebody would walk past you. If somebody is punching your friend, you should defend him. Life is relationships. Millions of relationships that we form and maintain."


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