Like rubbing salt on Finland’s wound, Perussuomalaiset (PS)* newly elected chairman Jussi Halla-aho’s far-right anti-immigration policy got reinforcement after three Islamophobes were elected to lead the PS: Laura Huuhtasaari, Teuvo Hakkarainen and Juho Eerola were elected first, second and third vice-president, respectively.
Center Party Prime Minister Juha Sipilä stated Saturday that the election of Halla-aho meant that the PS is a different party when led by former chairman Timo Soini. ”The Perussuomalaiset is a completely new party with new policies now,” Sipilä was quoted as saying Saturday in YLE News.
The new chairman of the PS refusing to resign in 2012 because the sentence handed to him by the Supreme Court on ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion was “a personal interpretation.” Source: Migrant Tales.
The most interesting issue to watch isn’t what the next move of the newly elected board of the PS will be, but what will be the reaction of the party’s coalition partners, the Center Party and National Coalition Party. Will the PS exit or remain in government?
Will they let Halla-aho and his band of Islamophobes slide and will we see something politically toxic like in Denmark emerging? The PS has always had a semi-secret love affair with the Danish People’s Party (DPP). They have now come as close as ever to being that type of party in Finland.
The DPP thrives as we can see below on Islamophobia and spreading anti-immigration rhetoric in Denmark.
Source: Migrant Tales.
Huhtasaari is a strong supporter of US President Donald Trump that not only doesn’t believe in evolution but would be ready to scrap all of Finland’s international agreements referring to refugees. One person described her in the following terms:
I consider this woman quite scary. With a kindergarten smile she speaks the same rehearsed sentences over and over again. With a pejorative look she speaks about “risk groups” by which she means Muslim immigrants. She also makes clear, the unsuccessful integration is due to the immigrants’ cultural difference, not for example to European xenophobia or racism. It’s typical for a PS member to accuse immigrants of actually *causing* the racist behavior of people in Europe.
PS First Vice-President Laura Huhtasaari and possible foreign minister is the woman with the deceptive kindergarten teacher smile. Source: Migrant Tales.
Two of the four members of the PS board were convicted for hate crimes while Huhtasaari has made a dubious name for herself as a creationist and Islamophobe; Juho Eerola wrote a few years ago that he is attracted by Benito Mussolini’s fascism.
In the video where Juho Eerola is lead singer ends with a dildo penetrating his behind.
Halla-aho and Hakkarainen, the chairman and second vice president of the party, were convicted for ethnic agitation. The new PS chairman in 2012 for ethnic agitation and for breaching the sanctity of religion. This is the writing that got Hakkarainen in hot water:
Hakkarainen got charged after he wrote on his Facebook wall in mid-July after the Nice killings: “We’ve got to stop pussyfooting. Muslims out of this country! Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims. We shouldn’t accept Muslims from the Middle East and Africa to our country.”
* The official translation to Finnish of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party is the Finns Party. In our opinion, it is not only a horrible translation, but one that is misguided. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Such terms like the Finns Party of True Finns promote as well 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 thereafter the acronym PS.