Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party strongman Matti Putkonen said that the populist anti-immigration party with far right leanings will hire a lawyer and threatened to take people to court for claiming that PS MP Olli Immmonen and the party has links with Nazi groups, according to Ilta-Sanomat.
“Those who use the Nazi-fascist card, politicians, researchers, professors, the media, editors-in-chiefs, journalists can come to prove to us if we have any links with the Nazis or not,” he warned.
Members of the PS have in the past applied for membership in the SVL.
The SVL is a violent association. In 2013 it attacked a book presentation in Jyväskylä, where one person was stabbed. Most recently the SVL took part in a demonstration that turned violent and led to the detention of 32 people by the police.
Immonen’s pet topics are xenophobic like the supposed invasion of Europe by Muslims. The PS MP, who was a security guard before being elected to parliament in 2011, wrote in April about a nationalist revolution in Finland.
His most recent declaration of war came in July against the “nightmare of multiculturalism.” That led to a demonstration on July 28 where some 15,000 people showed their opposition to what the PS MP wrote.
This picture was taken with PS MP Immonen and members of the neo-Nazi SVL. Putkonen claims that posing in the same picture with members of the SVL didn’t make Immonen a Nazi.
It would be naive to believe that Putkonen and the PS aren’t seeking political profit with their latest attack against the media and their enemies.
The strategy of the PS is the same as before: It threatens, whines and acts like the victim.
If it actually sued the media and went on a witch hunt against researchers, individual editors-in-chief, columnists and blogs like Migrant Tales, it wouldn’t surprise many even if that is the way dictators silence and deal with the opposition.
But the mere suggestion that Putkonen is threatening to do so makes one wonder what kind of a country Finland would be if the PS ever got 51% of the votes in a parliamentary election.
That would be undoubtedly the day when Finnish democracy died.
* 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.