How Kirkko & kaupunki sees far-right anti-immigration PS MP playing with fire

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Ville Ranta’s cartoon below published on Helsinki Lutheran Church weekly, Kirkko & kaupunki, of Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Olli Immonen, is a good example of how Finland is waking up to racism and to a party that preaches intolerance. Immonen is in the same anti-immigration league as MP Jussi Halla-aho, Juho Eerola and many others who have no other agenda except to spread racism in this country. 

Hate forums and racism exist wherever we can find “the silence of our friends,” as Martin Luther King Jr pointed out.

Ranta’s cartoon not only is sobering but offers hope but that more people are speaking out against intolerance with a clear voice.

It’s not surprising that for far-right white anti-immigration MP like Immonen, who wants to register people by ethnic origin and being president of an association like Suomen Sisu that discourages Finns from marrying foreigners, that he sees nothing wrong with his racist views.

The problem with racism is that those that spread it aren’t immediately affected by it in the same manner as their targeted victims.

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A cartoon of PS MP Olli Immonen. His Christmas wish is for Muslims, Jews, blacks and other immigrants and visible minorities. He promises to behave especially good in 2014 so he can wish for boxcars so he can transport these people to concentration camps.

Ranta published a similar cartoon in December 2011 like the one below that had a number of prominent PS politicians wishing the country a “white Christmas.