PRIME MINISTER Juha Sipilä’s (Centre) New Year’s speech has come under heavy criticism in Hungary.
Geor Spöttle, an analyst for the Nézopönt Intezet, stated on Kossuth Rádió on Friday that Sipilä is an example of a European politician who pampers immigrants who have committed rapes and “spits on the face of his own people,” according to Helsingin Sanomat.
“I’d change this prime minister in the name of the people. He has no respect whatsoever for his own people,” slammed Spöttle.
Kossuth Rádió is the national radio station of Hungary. Nézopönt Intezet, in turn, is a think tank established under the Hungarian Civic Alliance (Fidesz), the ruling national-conservative populist party in Hungary.
Spöttle’s remarks were described as “incredible hate-mongering propaganda” by Annastiina Kallius, a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki who has previously lived in Hungary.
“The National Coalition continues to co-operate with Fidesz in the European Parliament. And the Finns Party is an admirer [Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor] Orbán. Why?” she commented on Twitter on Friday.
Sipilä in his speech pleaded with the public not to use the sex crimes under investigation in Oulu, North Ostrobothnia, to foment hatred against foreigners and people of foreign backgrounds.
“First of all, everyone who comes here must follow Finnish laws and respect the inviolability of all people. We won’t compromise one bit on this. Second of all, it should be emphasised that in this case, too, the suspected crimes were committed by individuals, not by population groups,” he stated.
“The incidents are being investigated by the police and the judgements will be made by the independent judiciary. I urge everyone not to use these events to incite hatred against refugees or people with a foreign background. It is important to remember that in a state governed by the rule of law, taking the law into one’s own hands is a crime, as is spreading hate speech,” added Sipilä.
The Finnish news outlet to first report about the remarks of Spöttle was Helsingin Sanomat.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi