By Enrique Tessieri
There are already clear signs that the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party has kicked off its vicious campaign and instigated social-media lynch mobs against immigrants and minorities as the October 28 municipal election nears. The Eronen-Hirvisaari scandal as well as publishing the names of two minors found guilty of rape are some recent examples of who the PS hopes to boost its depressing poll results.
Teuvo Hakkarainen even declared war on prison inmates Monday by stating on Iltalehti that Finnish prisons are resorts where people can rest and eat good food.
Some may think that Hakkarainen’s shenanigans may be innocent small-town red-neck fun but there is more than what meets the eyes. The near-constant statements aimed at victimizing certain immigrant groups and minorities are a concerted campaign.
By attacking minors found guilty of rape and claiming that convicted criminals are on holiday in prison, Hakkarainen aims to boost his standings among voters.
Another sore thumb that sticks out is PS MP James Hirvisaari, who made his political career on hate speech and far-right anti-immigration rhetoric. Finland has created its share of social-media political Frankensteins.
In his latest blog entry on Uusi Suomi, Hirvisaari attacks immigrants in Finland by stating that this country was made for Finns. Finland has no obligation to give social welfare to immigrants and especially refugees.
“Finland is no Red Cross. Finland is for the Finns,” he writes.
When you read blog entries and statements made by some PS MPs, don’t forget that very few things are left to chance in politics. The real motive behind ongoing efforts to victimize immigrants and minorities in Finland is nothing more than a vicious campaign boost the PS’ sagging popularity.