Last year’s elections enjoyed a huge surge in support for a Finnish nationalist party that opposes Muslim immigration. The True Finns party won nearly a fifth of the vote in the poll on April 17 — more than quadrupling its current share.
YLE Police are looking into whether or not to launch an inquiry into Facebook posts made by Finns Party municipal election candidate Amon Rautiainen. The Kotka candidate reportedly criticised Islam and said it would be “patriotic” to eliminate Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen, leaders of the National Coalition and Social Democratic parties respectively.
Among the more inflammatory comments allegedly made by the Finns Party standing for election in the southeastern municipality of Kotka was a call for Muslims to be cooked alive. The Finns Party member said that he was not opposed to any ethnic group but that he was extremely concerned about the spread of extreme Islam.