As almost everyone knows in this country, Finland will hold municipal elections on April 9. The right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset (PS)* are in shock for a number of reasons: their chairman, Timo Soini, who has run the party for 20 years is stepping down in June, and recent polls suggest that they will suffer a stinging defeat in the municipal elections.
Janne Hurme is a singer who is running for the Turku municipal council on the PS ticket.
He is one of a long list of examples of how the populist anti-immigration party and Finland eat their racist cake and keep it at the same time.
Migrant Tales wrote about a tragic suicide attempt of an asylum seeker near the railway station on Wednesday. The comments made in social media about the attempted suicide revealed the racism and bigotry that is well-entrenched in our society.
Hurme keeps it going with the following post on Facebook:
A hanging? The idiot [asylum seeker] with hair jell climbed a tree but doesn’t know how to come down. Nothing special considering that the place of a monkey is the tree.
The snapshot of the comment was taken from Jori Eskolin’s blog:
One thing is what Hurme wrote but the most incredible matter of all is the reaction of the PS.
Tuomas Tähti, who is chairman of the PS in Turku, said the had spoken to Hurme about the incident.
“I hope that people won’t be compared to animals,” he was quoted as saying in tabloid Iltalehti, suggesting that no further action will be taken against the candidate.
The PS’ statement in light of what happened is a good example why racism continues to flourish in this country and how the party uses such a social ill to gain attention from the media.
Has anyone thought about pressing charges against Hurme for hate speech?
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party 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. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”