Is it a surprise that far right Perussuomalaiset (PS) party MP James Hirvisaari now publicly supports the Finnish Defence League, which is an offshoot of the far right English Defense League (EDL)? Not really. The EDL is the fastest-growing far right street movement in England since the National Front erupted in the 1970s.
In a span of about two weeks, two of the PS’ MPs, Olli Immonen and Hirvisaari, have pledged their allegiance to far right groups, Suomen Sisu and the FDL.
What are we supposed to make out of this? Nothing, really, except that there are politicians and associations that aim to make extremism and hate speech normal and acceptable to mainstream Finns.
Writes Hirvisaari on Facebook: “Having read a link that gives a general picture [of the FDL], I can based on this give my support to their activities. But if it appears that there is something far right or far left or violence or racism connected [to the FDL], I will take back my support. :)”
Hirvisaari was sentenced for ethnic agitation in December 2011.
Take a look at this video to see who the EDL are and what the FDL supports.