The Porvoo shootings reveal the depth of our society’s xenophobia and ultranationalism

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Just like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party exploited to their benefit the Oulu sexual assault cases earlier this year, the same was happening after two gunmen shot two police officers in Porvoo over the weekend.

Rumors about a conspiracy theory by the police were rife and being spread by PS politicians, who believed that the suspects were Middle Easterners or asylum seekers.

Most of these politicians looked like a horse’s ass today when the police revealed today that suspects were Swedish nationals who spoke Finnish.

If there is a lesson to be learned from this most recent case, it is how the PS and its xenophobic message has spooked Finland. The fact that so much emphasis is placed on the nationality of the suspects is a perfect example of this country’s obsession with ethnicity.

It is clear that such obsession and a party like the PS ready to orchestrate and capitalize on such fear means that they will continue to do well in parliamentary elections as happened in April.

Finland has stooped to new low depths this decade thanks to the PS, which win elections by spreading fear of non-white people by grossly exaggerating stories of foreign crime.

Perussuomalaiset Chrperson Jussi Halla-aho tweets that “if the aim of the [police] press conference is to ‘rectify speculation,’ why don’t they say anything about [the ethnic/national backgrounds] of the suspects? In the same way, we helped an honor killer escape from the country.”

Below is a perfect cartoon by Ville Ranta that reveals the crocodile tears of xenophobes like Halla-aho and his party.

“After the attack: The first group to be present is the anti-immigrant pundit.”

The far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform has wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. 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.