Is Matias Turkkila a part of Finland’s Islamophobic network? You bet!

by , under Enrique Tessieri

One matter is for certain: You don’t need to prove somebody is a racist because that person does it for you. Racists also think people are stupid and can’t see through them.

While I am not suggesting that Turkkila is a racist, he’s had a big role in helping the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* and its politicians to spread the party’s Islamophobic message and their brand of hatred of people of color.

Matias Turkkila “feels angry” because he name was mentioned on page 315 of the report: “As in previous years, Laura Huhtasaari, PS vice president and MP, ranks high on the Islamophobic network together with the president of the party, Jussi Halla aho, who was convicted in 2012 of ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion. Others include: Teuvo Hakkarainen, Sebastian Tynkkynen, Atte Kaleva, Matias Turkkila, Marco de Wit, Marko Mäki, Junes Lokka, and Tiina Wiik.
Even if Muslims account for an estimated 1.8% of the total population and nonEU migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Africa amount to 16.9% (63,362
in 2017) of Finland’s foreign-born residents, Halla-aho, Huhtasaari, and other
Islamophobes like the neo-Nazi PVL make a big deal about Muslims being a threat
to society. Huhtasaari, who supports U.S. President Donald Trump and Hungary’s strongman Viktor Orbán, is worried about the “Islamization” of Europe. In a
recent post on social media, she expressed her three greatest concerns: “no substitution for Finland’s population and culture; we don’t want Finland taken over by
Islam; and we don’t want people in our streets to be substituted for women and
girls wearing veils.” Source: European Islamophobia Report 2018.

Some facts about how Turkkila and how he has furthered racism with the help of the Islamophobic network:

  • He’s was PS Jussi Halla-aho’s campaign manager. Halla-aho was convicted in 2012 for ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion;
  • Founding with Halla-aho or by himself Hommaforum, an Islamophobic platform to frame and attack antiracists and other people they don’t like;
  • He is editor os Suomen Uutiset, a PS publication that regularly spews hatred and misinformation about people of color and Muslims.

The question: Does Matias Turkkila belong to the Islamophobic network of Finland?

Definitely yes!

Is the PS a far-right party?

You bet!

Is the PS Islamophobic?

Certainly!

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