Matti Putkonen said at a press conference Friday that comparing the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* to the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats was spreading hatred against the party. He went as far as to suggest that the attack against its office in Helsinki had something to do with such stories, reports tabloid Ilta-Sanomat.
Putkonen, who was convicted for rape about 23 years ago, lost his temper when HBL journalist Susanna Ginman questioned his claim that all the racists and fascists had been sacked from the party.
Ginman asked why PS MEP Jussi Halla-aho, who was sentenced for ethnic agitation, wasn’t sacked from the party.
Putkonen snapped back and asked if she considered Halla-aho a racist.
The journalist answered in the affirmative.
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If Migrant Tales would have been present at the press conference, we’d respond in the same way as the HBL journalist did.
We don’t know what kind of a person Halla-aho is but if we check what he’s written, it’s clear that they are rife with racism.
I’d ask Putkonen as well about Suomen Sisu, a far-right association, about MP Juho Eerola, who admitted being attracted to Benito Mussolini’s fascism.
The chairman of Suomen Sisu, Olli Immonen, is a PS MP.
One of the reasons why the PS has been riddled by so many scandals is because too many of its members are racists and fascists.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.