It’s pretty easy to note that one of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party’s dynamic duo, Jussi Halla-aho and James Hirvisaari, are raising the stakes as the municipal elections near on October 28. We recently heard Hirvisaari throwing low punches at homosexuals and today Halla-aho would be ready to stop giving protection to Somalis, who come from a war-torn country.
Halla-aho, who was fined in June by the Supreme Court for defaming religion and inciting ethnic hatred, asked in a parliamentary question whether Somalis should receive protection from Finland since a hundred of them have visited Somalia.
The PS MP bases his question on a YLE news program.
Finland’s Somali Association vice president, Rage Abdulrahman, considered on Iltalehti that Halla-aho’s views “are sick and really off course.”
Even if Somalia were a totally safe country to live in today, how many would return? What about their children who grew up in Finland? Don’t they have the same rights, like their parents, to claim this country as their permanent home?
This Ilta-Sanomat billboard from August 8, 1996 reads: “Somalis to remain in Finland.”
As the municipal elections near, the more vicious the message will be from parties like the PS and politicians like Halla-aho, Hirvisaari and others.
Should we be surprised?
Not really since there is nothing new under that PS political sun.