What does Finland’s far-right Perussuomalaiset think of the overturning of Roe and Wade and attack of a gay bar in Oslo?

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Setting aside the US Supreme Court decision to reverse Roe and Wade, which effectively took away women’s rights to have an abortion, we saw the cold-blooded attack at a gay bar by a man in Oslo that left two dead and 21 wounded.

Meanwhile, in Finland, Yle reported some MPs’ reaction to the Supreme Court decision.

A staunch anti-abortionist, Päivi Räsänen of the Christian Democratic Party, hailed the Supreme Court decision as good news that would have a global impact on the abortion debate.

Yle approached other MPs from parties like the National Coalition Party, Center Party, Swedish People’s Party, and Green League, who expressed disappointment at the decision.

Center Party MP Jouni Ovaska echoed US President Joe Biden’s words, ”It’s a sad day for the court and for the country.”

Considering that the Supreme Court ruling passed thanks to three President Donald Trump appointed judges and that the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* has been the most outspoken supporters of the Trump administration, the silence coming now from the far-right party is defeating.

What are the party’s opinions about the J6 Commission?

The only PS politician to post something was Jussi Halla-aho on Facebook. Considering his past homophobic comments, it is disingenuous that he has something to say about the shooting in Oslo but is silent about the Supreme Court ruling.

Certainly, Halla-aho, who has built his political career on social ills like racism, would be especially interested in the shooter’s background. According to different news reports, the man is an extremist with mental illness issues, a naturalized Norwegian of Iranian background.

Irrespective of the person’s background, a hate crime is a hate crime, a terrorist act is a terrorist act, and we should not paint whole groups with a single brush.

When Anders Breivik murdered 77 people in Norway on 22/7 in 2011, few people went as far as to label all white Norwegians as murderers and terrorists.

Moreover, how credible is the posting on Halla-aho’s Facebook page about the tragedy in Oslo? He is the same person who wrote in 2007 the following: “Regarding the homosexual at Tehtaanpuisto park I briefly considered getting my gun from the upstairs and shooting him in the head. Would the gratification from it exceed the annoyance of serving time in jail? Violence is these days a very undervalued method of solving problems.”

Returning to the original question, and one of the reasons for writing this blog entry, why are the PS so silent? Anything to say, Riikka Purra, Veikko Vallin, Sebastian Tynkkynen, Ville Tavio, Mauri Peltokangas, Leena Meri and Arto Luukkanen?

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