By Enrique Tessieri
Are the Perussuomalaiset (PS) a violent party? Despite a story that was published widely by the media last week, there were no conclusions made from an ongoing study that a part of the PS approves violence, according to think tank Demos. The British-based think tank will, however, publish the results of a wider study on online populism in Europe later this year.
“Demos understands that the source of the stories came from a private briefing during which no link between the Finns party (PS) and violence was made. Allegations about the research findings had not been verified or checked with Demos,” according to a statement by the think tank.
So what gives? Nothing, really, except for a storm in a tea-cup by the PS which are throwing punches at shadows about the conclusions of the Demos report, which were never made in the first place.
But when one reads the Nuiva manifesto and anti-immigration views of the likes of PS MP Jussi Halla-aho, James Hirvisaari and others, it’s not difficult to conclude that violence and hostility come in many shapes and forms in Timo Soini’s party. Those that perpetrate violence and racism are naturally the last ones to admit it.
A quote by Scottish psychiatrist R D Laing’s (1927-89) could apply well to the world of denial that the PS is presently immersed in: “We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.” In other words, some PS MPs attack the common decency of people and masquerade this hatred as free speech.
That is how low some politicians have stooped in Finland lately.
Whether these groups spew racism or show their anti-democratic credentials on social media sites such as Facebook, rarely is the victim’s opinion asked by the Finnish media although this happens occasionally. There is no better source to comment on a social ill like racism than the victim.
Why does the PS cry foul every time they stick their foot in their mouths or when they expose their odd sense of humor like branding journalists “bloodthirsty hyenas?”
Because their hostile statements and views on groups like immigrants is violent and rightfully questioned by the media and our sense of decency.