Helsinki substitute councilman Olli Sademies of the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party stated on Facebook that Finland should carry out forced sterilization of new African refugees that move to the country, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Such a racist statement by a member of the PS is nothing new. A PS politician wrote in 2013 that groups like African refugees, which are prone to commit rape according to him, should be chemically castrated.
Writes Sademies: “When Africans arrive as ‘refugees’ to Finland, they continue to reproduce at the same rate [as in their home countries] even if they would do with less children. In order to force [high birth rates] to plummet we should limit the amount of children immigrants can have. Three [children] would be the maximum.”
While such statements are outrageous and reinforce that the PS is a hostile party to immigrants, minorities and to our ever-growing culturally diverse society, it’s the reaction of the party secretary, Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo, which is even more incredible.
She told Helsingin Sanomat that they have asked Sademies to clarify his statements.
Clarify his statements!? Why not sack him?
It’s obvious that Sademies is an example of the racism that has openly taken root in this country thanks to near-silent acceptance. Such intolerance has has caused a lot of damage to Finland’s reputation abroad and at home.
Read full story (in Finnish) here.
UPDATE (May 26 at 4pm): Migrant Tales got a call from a black reader who overheard at work a white Finnish woman and man speaking about Sademies’ comment and Africans. Both spoke as if they didn’t care if the black person could overhear their conversation.
The woman said: “Africans rape women in Africa.”
The man responded: “Yes, they’re animals. It’s a good matter that somebody [like Sademies] wants these these people to be sterilized by force.”
UPDATE (May 26 at 6:10PM): PS party secretary Riikka Poutsalo-Slunga tweets below that Sademies’ statements are his own and not of the party’s.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English 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.
What I find striking and very revealing about the PS, is that when this Persut (actually former KD) named Kankaanniemi, who was in the negotiating team for Persut, sends some suggestive posts on Facebook to other Persut-ladies – in other words in his free time, in his private life, because this all happened through personal, not open messages – he gets the sack (or as he stated he resigned voluntarily, yeah yeah, please make a sentence with the word naïve in it and come again), but when members of this same party like Halla-Aho or now again this Sademies (does that translate into rainman or into sad man, I am not sure) openly, on the public forum, make racist comments, nothing happens, it is downplayed, it’s not the party’s point of view and so on.
So being horny is a greater sin than being a scornful, brutish, ignorant and racist pig?
Kankaanniemi didn’t get sacked, he just retreated from the government negotiations. He is still the member of the party.
“this Sademies (does that translate into rainman or into sad man, I am not sure) openly, on the public forum, make racist comments, nothing happens, it is downplayed”
It is translated to rainman. Nothing has happened YET, but let’s wait. Poutsalo cannot decide alone the actions. She’s done the right thing. It is standard to ask for clarification from the person himself.
Reproducing 10-12 children per family is not about being horny but is about cultural-religious beliefs. It is a burden to the whatever country one belongs to…the resources on this earth are limited, but the religions say go on producing! Where is the logic? My point: don’t get more than 1-2 if you are from parts of the world where there are enough, and get 3-4 if you are from Nordic Europe because the earth population needs to even out. Yeah I said it!
Steve, to get the sack means that you are made redundant and in this case Kankaanniemi was made redundant. I never implied him being sacked from the party (actually I think getting the sack from the Persut party leadership is near impossible as long as you act like a moron, maybe acting in a sensible way would work though…).
I totally agree with Toiset Soundit about getting sacked from the PS.
Made redundant? He is a substitute councilman! How much more redundant can he be? How should he been made redundant when he had no appointed position in a party? Only thing left is kicking him out of the party. And apparently this is not what you were after. So what is it you actually want PS to do?
Also I want to make it clear that I don’t defend this idiot in any way. I would be perfectly happy to have him kicked out of the party.
I am sorry your reading and interpreting skills are below standard level, but let me explain what I was trying to say.
Contrary to what you may have read in my post I wanted to point to the hypocrisy of sanctioning horny-porny Kankaanniemi whilst at the same time not sanctioning the racist comments by Sademies (by the way I still think Sad man would be a more appropriate translation), which in my view is a good illustration of the Perus stand on racism and on what is worse: a little bit of online hanky panky or outright publicly voiced racism…
So your “Reproducing 10-12 children per family is not about being horny but is about cultural-religious beliefs” was really not what it was about. It however says a lot about your beliefs.
My reading and interpreting skills are below average huh? And you think your explaining skills are excellent? I couldn’t get much of
what you were trying to say and still can’t! Whilst what I said does not reflect much on my beliefs it sure does reflect on yours so trap it up.I do not want to get in to it with keyboard ninjas. Want to discuss this then we can discuss it one on one without hiding behind screens in the safety of our homes…enough said!
Actually come to think of it I don’t think I would have the time to discuss anything with you one-on-one (as I suggested earlier.) I don’t like being told off on the internet and think that too many resort to it in these times. There is little accountability when one can shoot off the hip hiding behind a screen. Better is a one-on-one discussion, but for the purpose of convenience and time, I guess it is not a desirable mode in these times. So yeah have a good day and keep the respect.
@Yossie. Ok, made redeundant, the sack, … my point is very clear: the horny one is put aside, the racists in PS get the change to explain themselves, to justify their obvious racist slurs and mostly get away with it.
@Medusa. Sorry if I hurt your feelings. But still didn’t get a proper answer on my original posting from you, after all – notwithstanding my possible offensive style – I stick with the content of the matter. I advise you do the same.
What a load of crap….. do some research as to what is possible under the elections act/law…. You cannot just sack someone who has been duly elected. How do I know …. I made an inquiry to the parliamentary ombudsman who clarified that once elected, an MP (member of parliament) cannot/not be ousted until the next election…. the answer did not warm my heart very much but I wasn’t surprised as the MP in question was a wing nut leftist….so… I works both ways…. You can beef and yowl all you want about PS members whom you obviously do not support…. but they are there to stay until next election….. that’s called a democracy…. as ugly as it may seem until you come up with a better system….
Matti, you are going to be speaking to yourself because you are rude and have no manners. How dare you come to our blog and tell me to leave MY country. That takes a lot of gall.
The PS could sack a person from the PARTY.
@ MattiR2106: OMG (this means Oh my God)! It’s not at all about him getting the sack from parliament, it’s about this Kakaniemi being put on a side track because he was having troubles controlling his hormones. That is all. Learn to read.
@ MattiR2106: OMG (this means Oh my God)! It’s not at all about him getting the sack from parliament, it’s about this Kakaniemi being put on a side track because he was having troubles controlling his hormones. That is all.