There’s overwhelming evidence that the populist anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* is an extremist party especially when it comes to its views on immigration and cultural diversity. But here’s a question to the Finnish media: If the PS is an extremist party why aren’t they called that?
Why does the foreign media call the PS a far-right party but in Finland we don’t?
In 2014, for example, the Huffington Post listed the PS as one of the nine scariest parties to be elected to the European parliament and in the “good” company of xenophobic and neo-Nazi parties like the National Front of France and Golden Dawn of Greece, respectively.
Read full posting here. Matias Turkkila uses opportunistically, like PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, xenophobia to prop up support for the party, which has plummeted in the polls.
We don’t need in Migrant Tales to prove to anyone that the PS is a racist, bigoted and extremist party.
Disagree? Check out the most recent comments by PS MPs like Leena Meri, Mika Hartikainen, Laura Huhtasaari, Teuvo Hakkarainen and now Matias Turkkila, the editor of the PS’ Suomen Uutiset.
This is what Turkkila wrote on his Facebook wall after the tragedy in Nice:
The debate over whether the police can ask for Musta Barbaari’s ID leaves a sour taste after the terrorist attack in Nice.
The police should be allowed to do their work, full stop. In Finland those [migrants] without permission to stay here and adventurer wanderers [Roma] should be shown the door.
Spot checks should be carried out on foreigners now.
Turkkila was PS MEP Jussi Halla-aho’s campaign managee and founder of Hommaforum, a racist chat site.
The Supreme Court charged Halla-aho in 2012 of defaming a religion and inciting ethnic hatred.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”