Posts Tagged: Petteri Orpo

Jussi Halla-aho elected PS chairman. What happens next and will the party remain in government?

While it’s no surprise that Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Jussi Halla-aho was the clear winter against Sampo Terho 949 votes against 629, the big question is how the PS’ government coalition partners Center Party and National Coalition Party (NCP) will digest Halla-aho’s victory.

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Stop this Game! demonstration exposes the disingenuousness of Juha Sipilä’s government

Today Finland will see one of its biggest-ever demonstrations against racism. The last time this Rosa Parks moment, which could be christened the Jimi Joonas Kartturnen moment, to respect his bravery to stand up against far-right racist ideology, was in July 2015.

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Finance Minister Petteri Orpo and his disingenuous statements about racism and bigotry

National Coalition Party (NCP) chairman and Finance Minister Petteri Orpo was quoted as saying on YLE News that he won’t tolerate racist speech. The comment comes after two Perussuomalaiset (PS)* politicians, MP Teuvo Hakkarainen and PS youth leader Sebastian Tynkkynen, are being investigated by the police service for ethnic agitation.

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Saido Mohamed defects to the Greens, cites differences over ever-tightening immigration policy

Saido Mohamed, who is no stranger to Migrant Tales, has defected from the National Coalition Party (NCP) to the Greens, according to YLE.

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UPDATED: How long will reception centers and asylum seekers be under attack in Finland?

The fact that fourteen asylum reception centers that have been attacked in Finland since mid-September is shameful. According to the police service of Kangasala, an asylum seeker was beaten by two or three men Saturday evening near the Kaivanto reception center, reports YLE News.

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A Finnish government that bolsters anti-immigration populism and nationalism

It’s sad to watch how the present government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä is not only destroying our welfare state but bringing out the worst form of anti-immigration fear and political cowardice. When asked on YLE’s Ykkösaamu talk show about the attacks against asylum reception centers, the only thing Interior Minister Petteri Orpo had to say was that he was “saddened” by such illegal attacks and that the 80-point plan to tighten immigration policy would help calm matters down.

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Before asking asylum seekers to respect Finnish laws and culture we should ask if we practice what we preach

Interior Minister Petteri Orpo said that in order to make Finland a more secure place, each asylum seeker will have to sign an agreement that he will not break the law and respect Finnish culture, according to YLE.

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When Supo labels all asylum seekers and migrants in Finland

Finnish security intelligence police Supo head Antti Peltari claimed at a press conference Tuesday that there are two terror threats that the country faces: the rise of refugee links to terrorist groups and hate crimes linked to neo-Nazi groups, according to YLE News.

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