By Enrique Tessieri
Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Olli Immonen, a member of Suomen Sisu and well-known for his anti-immigration views, wants to do away with the Ombudsman for Minorities office, according to Oulu-based daily Kaleva. Apart from slashing the budget by 50%, Immonen plans to draft a law that will make the Ombudsman for Minorities redundant.
Immonen’s reasoning? He claims in Kaleva that “the present and former ombudsman have tried to limit freedom of speech guaranteed in the constitution.” He doesn’t consider his rhetoric about Muslims as hate speech nor offensive.
Immonen would be happy for immigrants and minorities to be part of a shooting gallery where people like himself could shoot at targets for political profit and fun.
Immonen reiterated in August on tabloid Ilta-Sanomat that “a war of cultures” will eventually overtake Europe. Much to our horror, we saw this “war” on July 22 in Norway, when Anders Breivik on a mass killing rampage
“Due to the present trend of multiculturalism, I believe we will see in the future of Europe a number of terrorist strikes and civil war in which the other warring adversary will be notably the representatives of Islam,” he was quoted as saying on Ilta-Sanomat from a 2009 blog entry.
The PS are not in government today but they may be in the future. If they form part of a future government, how much will the PS heed to extremists like Immonen?
Immigrants, minorities and sensible Finns should take a strong stand against any politician that wants to water down civil rights and take Finland back to an eerie repeat of the 1930s in the 2010s.
This is why the PS are a threat to immigrants and Finland.