The Perussuomalaiset: Promoting Nazi concentration camp slogans

by , under Enrique Tessieri

The last time we read about Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Turku chapter chairperson Jyrki Åland was in January when he stated that Covid-19 deaths “would do a lot of good” in Varisuo, a neighborhood of Turku where 48% of its inhabitants don’t speak Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue.

In a blog posting Monday on the PS website, Åland uses in the headline the infamous Nazi phrase found in Nazi German concentration camps: Arbeit macht frei, or “Work will set you free.”

The blog post, which is full of mistakes and forgets that EU citizens have a right to work in Finland, reflects the far-right hostility and mindset of the PS.

Read the full blog posting (in Finnish) here.

While the headline used by Åland shows his ignorance of history and the suffering of millions of Jews and others at the hands of the Nazis, the most incredible matter is that such a blog post headline could be published on the PS website.

Former chairperson of the PS, Timo Soini, wrote Saturday that the party should get rid of its racists like Sebastian Tynkkynen like it did with Teemu Torssonen and Ano Turtiainen.

Even if I agree, in that group that Soini mentions there should include white nationalists and other fascists.