The headline in Iltalehti, a tabloid that has for years been responsible for spreading racism in Finland, writes on the front page that Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Olli Immonen has fled the country in the face of the hostile comments he made against cultural diversity.
Running away and hiding because of what he wrote shows once again that anti-immigration parties like the PS are inflicted with bravado and cowardice. They cannot be taken seriously.
Tuesday’s mass demonstration in Helsinki for an open and multicutlrual Finland was a clear rejection against Immonen’s declaration of war against what he called the “nightmare of multiculturalism,”
Finland’s reaction to what Immonen wrote is as well a clear indication, and much to the disappointment of the PS, that the country isn’t a Denmark, where the Islamophobic Danish People’s Party (DPP) have spread their racism successfully.
The PS and DPP are close ideological and political allies.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names 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.