STATEMENT: The parliamentary election has begun for the Finns Party

The far-right Finns Party (PS) is actively campaigning for the upcoming parliamentary election in April. The party published Monday its so-called “Finnishness program on Monday,” Suomalaisuuden ohjelma 2022.

The program attacks two groups: migrants and Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority.

The hostility and simplistic arguments against these two groups resemble an angry and spiteful person willing to lie and cheat to get his or her way.

The PS’ main argument in the program is to also play the usual victim. One of the arguments is that Swedish speakers, never mind migrants, “do not strengthen the linguistic cohesion and identity of Finnish speakers.”

In the PS xenophobic bubble. there is a surrealistic hope that Finland will return to a time that never existed, a time when everyone was white and spoke Finnish as their main language.

I’m not surprised the host on A-studio Tuesday, Marja Sannikka, did not ask the PS leader, Riikka Purra, to elaborate on her dog-whistle tweets of closing the border to all Russians.

Fortunately, Sannikka rebuffed Purra’s claim in a later tweet, where the PS leader claimed on her show that Russian asylum seekers would be treated on a one-by-one basis.

A later tweet below demanded that the border should be shut to all Russians.

RIikka Puura tweets: “Russia blows up gas pipelines and incorporates areas to itself, kills, rapes, destroys without remorse. I was asked many times at the studio how many Russians we should take and help. Close the border [to all Russians]. National security proceeds everything.

Marja Sannikka tweets: “You did not say it that way on air, but those Russian asylum seekers would be treated individually and receive asylum if they meet the requirements. Thus you are not closing the border [to Russian asylum seekers].”

Purra’s tweets expose lies and deception. Say one thing and then another.

The PS has inflicted Finnish politics with cancer spreading thanks to conspiracy theories and alternate reality. We must challenge the disease or let our Nordic democracy die and turn into a country like Hungary.

For further information contact:

Enrique Tessieri, chairperson, Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland

+358 40 8400773

Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland was founded in September 2018 and registered as an NGO the following month. The aim of the NGO is to tackle and eradicate hate crime and all forms of discrimination in Finland such as anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, misogyny, and other forms of social exclusion through education and training, seminars, events, conferences, among others.

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