Riikka Purra’s call to struggle against her ilk

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Silence and complacency are some of the reasons why xenophobia and the rise of an anti-immigration party have been possible in Finland. While there are many common citizens and activists in Finland who have been fighting against parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, chairperson Riikka Purra’s interview on Yle’s Ykkösaamu is a definite reminder that we cannot stand idle.

Riikka Purra offered a view of her political fantasies charged with populism. See the interview here.

Here is a list of how Purra and the PS plan to disenfranchise migrants and minorities if they can:

  • Produce changes in the constitution so migrants can directly be discriminated by doing away with Section 6, which guarantees that everyone is equal before the law;
  • Raise the requirements for citizenship from five to 10+ years;
  • Force migrants to take or be graded by “pseudo integration” tests to prove that they are servile and docile enough and no threat to white Finnish privilege;
  • Fuel the hostile environment and maintain an atmosphere of suspicion and hatred for diversity.

All of these dangers should not only be a wake up call but a call to struggle against toxic politicians.

They also prove that if the PS ever got into power, they would not solve the problems of our ever-growing culturally diverse community but worsen them a million times.

Consensus, sucking up to racists and fantasies by the likes of Purra will not save us from our peril.