The Oulu District Court on Thursday sentenced Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) lawmaker Sebastian Tynkkynen to pay a 50-day fine, about 4,050 euros, for anti-Muslim agitation for posting text and images from the populist Perussuomalaiset in his Facebook account in 2016.
Daily Finland According to the verdict, Tynkkynen’s viewpoint of the Islamic group was a “deliberate, racist and disparaging” hate speech, which was generally directed at all Muslims, and likely to incite contempt and even hatred based on religious intolerance toward the Islamic group. Therefore, the district court ordered Tynkkynen to remove the posts from social media and pay the fine.
This was not the first verdict Tynkkynen received. He was convicted of ethnic agitation against Muslims and sentenced a 50-day fine in January 2017 for another posting which claimed “the less Muslims in Finland, the safer.”
According to national broadcasting Yle, Tynkkynen will probably receive a third court decision, as he was also suspected of ethnic incitement against a group of people in his Facebook posts in 2017. The case has been already passed from police to the district prosecutor for consideration of charges.
Born in 1989, Tynkkynen was elected member of Finnish Parliament in April 2019. He has been chairman of the Perussuomalaiset youth league for five years and the third vice chairman of the Perussuomalaiset for four years.
Another Finnish MP, Teuvo Hakkarainen, was also fined for posting an article about the July Muslim terrorist truck massacre in Nice, France, which killed 86 and injured 434.
The perpetrator was a Tunisian ISIS sympathizer. Hakkarainen commented that “All Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims.”
Hakkarainen is a parliamentarian member of the Finns Party, previously known as the True Finns, a populist, nationalist, eurosceptic party that supports “healthy national pride,” as well as opposing large-scale Muslim immigration.
Hakkarainen continues to post anti-Muslim sentiments on his Facebook page. On December 20, 2016, he posted an article about the about the mid-December Berlin terrorist attack in which a Muslim terrorist killed 12 and injured 56 with a truck. Translated from Finnish, Hakkarainen sarcastically remarked, “This is yet another indication of how much [Muslims] appreciate and respect the Western way of life.”
Back in 2015, when Finland brought in 30,000 Muslim asylum seekers, compared to 3,651 the year before, Finnish protesters hurled fireworks, stones, and beer bottles at a bus bringing Muslim asylum seeker wannabes to a refugee center in Finland.
Around 500 local citizens took to the streets of Helsinki to protest against the European refugee policy as well as Islam’s presence in Finland.
FYI: Populist, anti-Muslim immigration Finns Party has reinforced its position as the most popular political party in Finland, according to a new poll by Alma Media.
Helsinki Times The populist, right-wing opposition party is presently polling at 20.4 per cent – 0.3 percentage points higher than in the previous poll – and has a lead of 3.2 percentage points over both the Social Democrats and National Coalition.
The Finns Party has reinforced its position largely because it continues to be perceived as a protest party and because the conservative values it represents strike a stark contrast with those of the liberal parties in the government of Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP).
“Public disappointment with the prevalent policy direction is being channelled into the Finns Party,”said Jenni Karimäki, a senior researcher at the University of Turku’s Centre for Parliamentary Studies.
Finns Party leader, Halla-aho, a softly spoken figure whose calm public persona belies his written works harshly critical of Islam and migration, echoed his far-right counterparts across Europe during his campaign.
He played up the importance of Finland’s particular identity, railed against immigration and denounced “climate hysteria”, saying the pressure to halt global warming was “destroying the economy and Finnish industry”.