PS far right: Hirvisaari publicly supports the Finnish Defense League

by , under Enrique

Is it a surprise that far right Perussuomalaiset (PS) party MP James Hirvisaari now publicly supports the Finnish Defence League, which is an offshoot of the far right English Defense League (EDL)? Not really. The EDL is the fastest-growing far right street movement in England since the National Front erupted in the 1970s. 

In a span of about two weeks, two of the PS’ MPs, Olli Immonen and Hirvisaari, have pledged their allegiance to far right groups, Suomen Sisu and the FDL.

What are we supposed to make out of this? Nothing, really, except that there are politicians and associations that aim to make extremism and hate speech normal and acceptable to mainstream Finns.

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Writes Hirvisaari on Facebook: “Having read a link that gives a general picture [of the FDL], I can based on this give my support to their activities. But if it appears that there is something far right or far left or violence or racism connected [to the FDL], I will take back my support. :)”

Hirvisaari was sentenced for ethnic agitation in December 2011.

Take a look at this video to see who the EDL are and what the FDL supports.




  1. FarangSuperior

    That video is not a very good argument against FDL. You can find thousands of similar videos of muslims too and still you can’t make generalisations that the video would describe what muslims are.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Wrong, Farang. When you look at a video you have to make sure the source is reliable. I wouldn’t call the CBC a reliable source. The Guardian is another story in a totally different league. It’s credible.

    • FarangSuperior

      What has the source got to do with anything? If video is real, eg. not staged, what’s the difference who filmed it?

    • Enrique Tessieri

      –What has the source got to do with anything? If video is real, eg. not staged, what’s the difference who filmed it?

      Look at it this way. I turn to media with credibility with journalistic standards to ensure that it isn’t staged and that what I am hearing or reading is news, not editorialized news.

      If I relied on sources like the CBC, PS, Hommaforum or EDL and others, I would get editorialized news.