Thursday evening Yle interviewed Perussuomalaiset (PS)* chairperson Jussi Hallo-aho, a candidate for MP in next month’s elections and who built his political career on racism and Islamophobia. His performance was poor but it proved once again why the PS is a far-right party.
Even if Halla-aho didn’t directly admit it, the PS supports and gets followers from its white nationalist message.
One of the main arguments and foundations of white nationalism is demographic replacement, which is a common theme used by many PS politicians like Laura Huhtasaari, Olli Immonen and others.
It explains as well why Halla-aho sees immigration, especially from non-EU countries, as a threat. The PS leader did not have any concrete solutions on how to raise low childbirth rates in Finland but still saw immigration as a threat.
It’s been almost forty years when the first Somalis arrived to Finland. Since then, our media and politicians have fed the public with xenophobia and Islamophobia for a very long time.
In Finland, it is a recurring theme and explains why there is today such a surge in Islamophobia.
Below are some comments about tonight’s interview with Halla-aho.
Ozan Yanar, who is a Green League MP, questioned Halla-aho’s statement that the PS isn’t an anti-immigration party. He asks in his tweet where such a notion has come from.
In the following tweet by academic researcher Oula Silvennoinen, who is running for parliament for the same party as Yanar, responded sarcastically that he had no idea why anyone would call the PS an anti-immigration party.
Yanar scratched his head in the following tweet about another comment by Halla-aho, who claimed that labor migrants are a negative burden on the Finnish economy. The journalist questioned Halla-aho’s claim by stating that the employment level of migrants who have lived in Finland for over 10 years is 89% compared with a national average of 72%.
Dmitry Gubanov asks if Halla-aho knows how to answer the reporters’ quesions.
In the name of democracy, Halla-aho is ready to give space to ethnonationalists if “that is what the [party] members want.” Jarkko Lehtopelto tweeted that that issue about Halla-aho’s stand on ethnonationalism is now clear.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way.
A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.